Table of Contents

 

Introduction

Title

Writer and Date

Purpose

Genre

Outline

Message

Exposition

I. THE INTRODUCTORY AFFIRMATION 1:1-11

A. Title and Theme 1:1-2

1. The title 1:1

2. The theme 1:2

B. The Futility of All Human Endeavor 1:3-11

1. The vanity of work 1:3

2. The illustrations from life 1:4-11

II. THE FUTILITY OF WORK 1:126:9

A. Personal Observations 1:122:17

1. Solomon's investigation of human achievement 1:12-15

2. Solomon's evaluation of his investigation of human achievement 1:16-18

3. Solomon's investigation of pleasure 2:1-11

4. Solomon's evaluation of his investigation of pleasure 2:12-17

B. General Observations 2:186:9

1. The outcome of labor 2:18-26

2. Labor and divine providence 3:14:3

3. The motivations of labor 4:4-16

Envy of others 4:4-6

Greed for self 4:7-12

Position and prestige 4:13-16

4. The perishable fruits of labor 5:16:9

The effect of rash vows 5:1-7

The effect of political officials 5:8-9

The effect of personal covetousness 5:10-12

The effect of misfortune 5:13-17

The way to enjoy the fruits of one's labor 5:186:9

III. THE LIMITATIONS OF WISDOM 6:1011:6

A. God's Sovereign Foreordination of All Things 6:10-12

B. God's Inscrutable Plan chs. 78

1. Adversity and prosperity 7:1-14

2. Righteousness and wickedness 7:15-29

3. The value and limitations of wisdom ch. 8

The value of wisdom 8:1-9

The limitations of wisdom 8:10-17

C. Man's Ignorance of the Future 9:111:6

1. The future of the righteous on earth 9:1-10

2. The future of the wise on earth 9:1110:11

3. The folly of criticism in view of the uncertain future 10:12-20

4. Wise behavior in view of the uncertain future 11:1-6

IV. THE WAY OF WISDOM 11:712:14

A. Joyous and Responsible Living 11:712:7

1. Joyful living 11:7-10

2. Responsible living 12:1-7

The basic imperative 12:1

The coming of old age 12:2-5

The coming of death 12:6-7

B. The Concluding Summary 12:8-14

Conclusion

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