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I Hope You’re Happy Now (Eccl 9:1-12)

Ecclesiastes 9:1-12 (ESV) 9 But all this I laid to heart, examining it all, how the righteous and the wise and their deeds are in the hand of God. Whether it is love or hate, man does not know; both are before him. 2 It is the same for all, since the same event happens to the righteous and the wicked, to …

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Where’s the Justice? (Eccl 8)

Ecclesiastes 8 (ESV) 8 Who is like the wise? And who knows the interpretation of a thing? A man’s wisdom makes his face shine, and the hardness of his face is changed. 2 I say: Keep the king’s command, because of God’s oath to him. 3 Be not hasty to go from his presence. Do not take your stand in an evil cause, …

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Too Smart For Your Own Good (Eccl 7:15-29)

Ecclesiastes 7:15–29 (ESV) 15 In my vain life I have seen everything. There is a righteous man who perishes in his righteousness, and there is a wicked man who prolongs his life in his evildoing. 16 Be not overly righteous, and do not make yourself too wise. Why should you destroy yourself? 17 Be not overly wicked, neither be a fool. Why should …

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Some Grave Concerns (Eccl 7:1-13)

Ecclesiastes 7:1–13 (ESV) The Contrast of Wisdom and Folly 7 A good name is better than precious ointment, and the day of death than the day of birth. 2  It is better to go to the house of mourning than to go to the house of feasting, for this is the end of all mankind, and the living will lay it …

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Well, I Hope You’re Satisfied (Eccl 5:8=6:12)

Ecclesiastes 5:8-6:12 (ESV) 8 If you see in a province the oppression of the poor and the violation of justice and righteousness, do not be amazed at the matter, for the high official is watched by a higher, and there are yet higher ones over them. 9 But this is gain for a land in every way: a king committed to cultivated …

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Worship (Eccl 5:1-7)

Ecclesiastes 5:1-7 (ESV) 5  Guard your steps when you go to the house of God. To draw near to listen is better than to offer the sacrifice of fools, for they do not know that they are doing evil. 2  Be not rash with your mouth, nor let your heart be hasty to utter a word before God, for God …

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When Seeing is Not Believing (Eccl 3:16-4:16)

Ecclesiastes 3:16-4:16 (ESV) 16 Moreover, I saw under the sun that in the place of justice, even there was wickedness, and in the place of righteousness, even there was wickedness. 17 I said in my heart, God will judge the righteous and the wicked, for there is a time for every matter and for every work. 18 I said in my heart with …

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Pardon Me, Do You Have the Time? (Eccl 3:1-15)

Ecclesiastes 3:1-15 (ESV) 3 For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: 2  a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; 3  a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to …

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Self-Indulgence), Self-Improvement, Self-Employed is Self-Deceived (Eccl 2:12-26)

Ecclesiastes 2:12-26 (ESV) 12 So I turned to consider wisdom and madness and folly. For what can the man do who comes after the king? Only what has already been done. 13 Then I saw that there is more gain in wisdom than in folly, as there is more gain in light than in darkness. 14 The wise person has his eyes in …

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Self-Indulgence, Self-Improvement, Self-Employed Is Self-Deceived (Eccl 2)

Ecclesiastes 2 (ESV) 2 I said in my heart, “Come now, I will test you with pleasure; enjoy yourself.” But behold, this also was vanity. 2 I said of laughter, “It is mad,” and of pleasure, “What use is it?” 3 I searched with my heart how to cheer my body with wine—my heart still guiding me with wisdom—and how to lay hold …

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