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Ecclesiastes Chapter Two part 2, A study of Ecclesiastes 2:12-14, Ecclesiastes 2:15 & 16, Ecclesiastes 2:17-23, & Ecclesiastes 2:24-26 with our Common Man's Commentary and study quiz

Ecclesiastes 2:12 - 14

"Then I turned my thoughts to consider wisdom, and also madness and folly. What more can the king's successor do than what has already been done? I saw that wisdom is better than folly, just as light is better than darkness. The wise man has eyes in his head, while the fool walks in the darkness; but I came to realize that the same fate overtakes them both" NIV translation

Now, the king turns to the mind and comes to the conclusion that it is better to be educated than to be ignorant. In our world today, we have got to the point that many see their worth based on how many years they have attended college or how many letters are in the title at the end of their name. Solomon found that the one with all of the wisdom and knowledge will pass away just as the one who is ignorant.

Ecclesiastes 2:15 & 16

"Then I thought in my heart, 'The fate of the fool will overtake me also. What then do I gain by being wise?' I said in my heart, 'This too is meaningless.' For the wise man, like the fool, will not be long remembered; in days to come both will be forgotten. Like the fool, the wise man too must die!" NIV translation

There are those who spend their entire life accumulating college degrees but, when they die, it does not mean anything and they are soon forgotten. Even the most famous thinkers will eventually be forgotten and replaced by a new generation.

Ecclesiastes 2:17 - 23

"So I hated life, because the work that is done under the sun was grievous to me. All of it is meaningless, a chasing after the wind. I hated all the things I had toiled for under the sun, because I must leave them to the one who comes after me. And who knows whether he will be a wise man or a fool? Yet he will have control over all the work into which I have poured my effort and skill under the sun. This too is meaningless. So my heart began to despair over all my toilsome labor under the sun. For a man may do his work with wisdom, knowledge and skill, and then he must leave all he owns to someone who has not worked for it. This too is meaningless and a great misfortune. What does a man get for all the toil and anxious striving with which he labors under the sun? All his days his work is pain and grief; even at night his mind does not rest. This too is meaningless." NIV translation

Many have made their work (job) their god as they spend all of their waking moments thinking about what they need to do to make more money. This money is spent on building up an estate that must be left to an heir when they die. When one does so, they do not know whether the heir will squander it like the prodigal son (see Luke 15) or invest it and grow it to give to those who are in need. The one who earned it has no control over it and it can be gone just as fast as the wind blows.

Ecclesiastes 2:24 - 26

"A man can do nothing better than to eat and drink and find satisfaction in his work. This too, I see, is from the hand of God, for without him, who can eat or find enjoyment? To the man who pleases him, God gives wisdom, knowledge, and happiness, but to the sinner he gives the task of gathering and storing up wealth to hand it over to the one who pleases God. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind." NIV translation

Do you find satisfaction in your daily job? If you do, then, this is from God. All good things are from God and He gives them to His children. A Christian is given the ability to work and even to enjoy their work while the lost are chained to a job. Many have great jobs making lots of money and yet still cannot find any happiness in their riches. The fact of the matter is that we, as Christians, will inherit all things and so the wealthy are only building up things that they will leave to us.

Ecclesiastes Chapter Two Study Quiz

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