Ecclesiastes 11:9-12:14

  1. In the Preacher’s counsel to youth: (a) in what is youth to rejoice, (b) what all-important fact must be taken account of, and (c) who is to be remembered? What is the reason for this counsel?
  2. Contrast the joyful hope of the Christian with the picture of death and old age given here Cf. 2 Cor. 4:16-18; 2 Tim. 4:6-8; 1 Pet. 1:3-5.
  3. In summing up man’s duty, what place is given to God? How, in consequence, ought we to live?

Notes

  1. 11:10. ‘Meaningless’ has here the meaning of ‘transitory’ or ‘passing’.
  2. 12:2. Old age is compared here to winter weather, when storm succeeds storm.

12:3-6. A series of pictures of the failure of man’s various bodily faculties in old age, such as strength of limb, number of the teeth, keenness of sight, etc. ‘When old age fear a height, and even a walk has its terrors, when his hair is almond white, and he drags his limbs along, as the spirit flags and fades’ (verse 5, Moffatt).