Ecclesiastes or, the Preacher


Chapter 1

Everything under the sun is vanity and vexation of spirit—He who increases in knowledge increases in sorrow.

Chapter 2

All the riches and wealth of the king are vanity and vexation of spirit—Wisdom is better than folly—God gives wisdom, knowledge, and joy to man.

Chapter 3

To every thing there is a season—Whatever God does, it will be forever—God will judge the righteous and the wicked.

Chapter 4

Oppression and evil deeds are vanity—The strength of two is better than one—Better is a poor and wise child than an old and foolish king.

Chapter 5

God is in heaven—A fool’s voice is known by a multitude of words—Keep your vows—Riches and wealth are the gift of God.

Chapter 6

Unless a man’s soul is filled with good, his riches, wealth, honor, and posterity are vanity.

Chapter 7

Wisdom gives life to them that have it—All men are sinners—God has made man upright.

Chapter 8

None have power to avoid death—It will not be well with the wicked; he turns to pleasure and cannot find wisdom.

Chapter 9

God’s providence rules over all—All men are subject to time and chance—Wisdom is better than strength—One sinner destroys much good.

Chapter 10

A little folly destroys the reputation of the wise and honorable—The words of a wise man’s mouth are gracious—A fool is full of words.

Chapter 11

Do good and give to them who need—God will bring all men to judgment.

Chapter 12

At death the spirit will return to God who gave it—The words of the wise are as goads—The whole duty of man is to fear God and keep His commandments.