Ecclesiastes 7 & 8
The Preacher has declared several times that man’s bet course in this present world is to enjoy the portion in life that God has given him, and the fruit of his labour. In these later chapters, while still holding to this view, he inquires more closely into the kind and quality of life that men should lead.
- In the practical wisdom of chapter 7, what emerges as the guide-principle for life?
- Though the future is hidden from man, what course of action is advocated in 8:1-7? How is the problem of death approached in 8:8-17?
- Why, from a Christian standpoint, is the view of life contained in 9:1-10 untenable? Cf. Luke 23:39-43, and note how and why one of the criminals rebuked the other and found hope for himself.
- What do 9:11, 12 teach regarding a man’s attitude to natural talents? In what way is the value of wisdom shown in 9:13-10:4?