Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,
says Yahweh of Hosts. Zechariah 4:6
Lift up your heads, O gates, and be lifted up, O ancient doors,
That the King of Glory may come in! Who is this King of Glory?
Yahweh of Hosts: He is the King of Glory. Psalm 24:9-10
BACKGROUND NOTE: Note 1: Our purpose in writing these quizzes on the books of the Bible is to limit them to content and in general to avoid interpretation. However, since Ecclesiastes is such a misunderstood book, we encourage you to read the interpretive material we have on our Ecclesiastes page. The answers to the quiz questions here do not in general take into account the context in which they are found, which often is the key to their interpretation. Therefore, understanding the truly positive message of the Book of Ecclesiastes requires more than learning the right answers to these questions. It requires a careful analysis of the overall argument throughout the book that leads to Solomon's conclusion in chapter 12. This is what the articles do on our Ecclesiastes page.
Note 2: In this book Solomon calls himself by the Hebrew word, Qoheleth, which has been translated various ways: e.g., "Preacher" in the KJV and "Teacher" in the NASB and NIV. There is likely more to the use of this term than these simple translations. Discussions of this issue can be found in the articles on our Ecclesiastes page. For this quiz, we simply use "Solomon."
Solomon tried pleasure. Name three of the pleasures he tried.
What fate overtakes both the wise man and the fool?
In concluding the first section of Ecclesiastes, Solomon states that "a man can do nothing better than to eat and drink and find satisfaction in his work." But how can this be, when eating, drinking, and all his work are "vanity"?
"For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven" (3:1). Solomon follows this well-known statement with a rather long list of examples. See if you can name at least five of the fourteen pairs.
In a verse important to the overall argument in the book, Solomon states that God has put something in the heart of every man. What is it?
According to Solomon, what do men and animals all have in common?
What does Solomon advise about vows to God?
What does Solomon say about money?
What does Solomon say about the wealth of a rich man at death?
In concluding the second section of Ecclesiastes, Solomon draws the same conclusion as he did in the first section. What is it?
In chapter 7, Solomon assembles a number of proverbs. In one of them, what is it that the living should take to heart?
Another proverb states, "It is better to hear the rebuke of the wise than..."
What does Solomon say about asking why the former days are better than the present?
What kind of man does not exist on the earth?
Here's an important point for our own society: what does Solomon say is the result when the sentence for a crime is not quickly carried out?
Solomon gives both advice and a warning to a young man. What was it?
What does Solomon say happens at death?
What is Solomon's great conclusion "when all has been heard"?
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