Leading readers through one of the most challenging books in the Bible, this commentary will help pastors understand, explain, and apply the message of Ecclesiastes. Part of the Preaching the Word commentary series.
About the Author
Philip Graham Ryken (DPhil, University of Oxford) is the eighth president of Wheaton College. He preached at Philadelphia’s Tenth Presbyterian Church from 1995 until his appointment at Wheaton in 2010. Ryken has published more than 50 books, including When Trouble Comes and expository commentaries on Exodus, Ecclesiastes, and Jeremiah. He serves as a board member for the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities, the Lausanne Movement, and the National Association of Evangelicals.
R. Kent Hughes (DMin, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is senior pastor emeritus of College Church in Wheaton, Illinois, and professor of practical theology at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Hughes is also a founder of the Charles Simeon Trust, which conducts expository preaching conferences throughout North America and worldwide. He serves as the series editor for the Preaching the Word commentary series and is the author or coauthor of many books. He and his wife, Barbara, live in Wyncote, Pennsylvania, and have four children and an ever-increasing number of grandchildren.
Table of Contents
A Word to Those Who Preach the Word 9
Preface and Acknowledgments 11
1 Vanity of Vanities (1:1-2) 13
2 Same Old, Same Old (1:3-11) 23
3 Humanity's Search for Meaning (1:12-18) 35
4 Meaningless Hedonism (2:1-11) 45
5 Wisdom and Mad Folly (2:12-17) 57
6 Working Things Out (2:18-26) 67
7 To Everything a Season (3:1-8) 77
8 All in Good Time (3:9-15) 89
9 From Dust to Glory (3:16-4:3) 99
10 Two Are Better Than One (4:4-16) 109
11 In Spirit and in Truth (5:1-7) 119
12 Satisfaction Sold Separately (5:8-20) 129
13 Here Today, Gone Tomorrow (6:1-12) 139
14 Better and Better (7:1-12) 149
15 The Crook in the Lot (7:13-18) 161
16 Wisdom for the Wise (7:19-29) 171
17 Command and Consent (8:1 -9) 181
18 Final Justice (8:10-15) 191
19 The Living and the Dead (8:16-9:6) 201
20 The Good Life (9:7-10) 211
21 Man Knows Not His Time (9:11-18) 221
22 No Foolin' (10:1-11) 231
23 A Word to the Wise (10:12-20) 241
24 You Never Know (11:1-6) 253
25 Young and Old (11:7-12:7) 263
26 The End of the Matter (12:8-14) 273
Scripture Index 299
General Index 307
Index of Sermon Illustrations 313
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