Ecclesiastes
Qoheleth

The Words of Qoheleth

(1:1)

Ecclesiastes

Enjoyment of Life:
The Gift of God

Ecclesiastes is a much-neglected book in the Old Testament. Probably much of this neglect is the result of an incorrect interpretation of the book. One example of this is found in the original Scofield Reference Bible: "Ecclesiastes is the book of man 'under the sun' reasoning about life." According to this view, the philosophy set forth in the book is not the result of revelation; inspiration has merely guaranteed an accurate record of the reasoning of the natural man "under the sun" (i.e., "apart from revelation").

Nothing could be further from the truth. Ecclesiastes presents a very positive message from God. We hope the material here generates a real excitement for the study of this great book.


Author

Title

Nature of Our Reprint

Ken Morgan

Introduction to Ecclesiastes

Original paper: a brief introduction to the Book of Ecclesiastes.

J. Stafford Wright

"The Interpretation of Ecclesiastes"

This is a classic essay that reflects a positive interpretation of Ecclesiastes. Bibliographic source: Wright, J. Stafford. "The Interpretation of Ecclesiastes." Evangelical Quarterly 18 (1946):18-34; taken from Walter C. Kaiser, Jr., Classical Evangelical Essays in Old Testament Interpretation (Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1972).

William Henry Green

"Ecclesiastes"

While Green endorses and defends a positive interpretation of Ecclesiastes, his lecture gives a broader overview of the book as a whole. He discusses its authorship and date, its aim and design, its structure, and its theme or interpretation. Bibliographic source: "Ecclesiastes" in William Henry Green, Lectures on the Poetical Books of the Old Testament (Trenton, NJ: Edwin Fitzgeorge, 1884 [printed not published]).

Ralph Wardlaw

"God's Providential Ways"

"I know that whatever God does, it shall be forever. Nothing can be added to it, and nothing taken from it. God does it, that men should fear before Him." (Ecclesiastes 3:14). Excerpt from "Lecture V" in Lectures on the Book of Ecclesiastes by Ralph Wardlaw (Philadelphia: W. W. Woodward, 1822). Note: The text has not been modified, except for some condensation and light editing for clarity. Also, punctuation and KJV-era pronouns and verb forms have been modernized, long paragraphs have been divided, and the NKJV has been used for most quotations.

Ralph Wardlaw

"All Return to Dust"

"Who knows the spirit of the sons of men, which goes upward, and the spirit of the animal, which goes down to the earth?" (Ecclesiastes 3:21). Excerpt from "Lecture VI" in Lectures on the Book of Ecclesiastes by Ralph Wardlaw (Philadelphia: W. W. Woodward, 1822). Note: The text has not been modified, except for some condensation and light editing for clarity. Also, punctuation and KJV-era pronouns and verb forms have been modernized, long paragraphs have been divided, and the NKJV has been used for most quotations.

Ralph Wardlaw

"Do Not Be Overly Righteous"

"Do not be overly righteous, nor be overly wise: why should you destroy yourself?" (Ecclesiastes 7:16). Excerpt from "Lecture XIII" in Lectures on the Book of Ecclesiastes by Ralph Wardlaw (Philadelphia: W. W. Woodward, 1822). Note: The text has not been modified, except for some condensation and light editing for clarity. Also, punctuation and KJV-era pronouns and verb forms have been modernized, long paragraphs have been divided, and the NKJV has been used for most quotations.

Ralph Wardlaw

"Benevolence"

"Cast your bread upon the waters, for you will find it after many days." (Ecclesiastes 11:1). Excerpt from "Lecture XXI" in Lectures on the Book of Ecclesiastes by Ralph Wardlaw (Philadelphia: W. W. Woodward, 1822). Note: The text has not been modified, except for some condensation and light editing for clarity. Also, punctuation and KJV-era pronouns and verb forms have been modernized, long paragraphs have been divided, and the NKJV has been used for most quotations.

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