Man Pondering in Search for Meaning
Old Testament

Ecclesiastes: The Inspired Book of Error

"Meaningless! Meaningless!" says the Teacher. "Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless." What does man gain from all his labor at which he toils under the sun? Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. (Ecclesiastes 1:2-3, 12:13)

Solomon was in an unusual position to undertake the investigations reflected in this book. Judah and Israel were at peace during his forty year reign, he had all the wealth he needed and he was known at the smartest man in the world. He set himself to discover what life is all about.

Things that Don't Work
The Search for Meaning Ecclesiastes 1:1-18
Life in the Fast Lane Ecclesiastes 2:1-26
That Wonderful Plan for Your Life Ecclesiastes 3:1-22
Why does God allow This? Ecclesiastes 4:1-5:20
Things are not What they Seem Ecclesiastes 6:1-7:14
Whoever said Life was Fair? Ecclesiastes 7:15-8:1
Can We Trust Government? Ecclesiastes 8:2-15
Ah, Sweet Mystery of Life Ecclesiastes 8:16-9:10
The Only Way to Go Ecclesiastes 9:11-10:15
How, Then, Should we Live? Ecclesiastes 10:16-11:10
Before It's Too Late Ecclesiastes 12:1-14