Ecclesiastes 4

  • The Transient Nature of Power and Popularity.

    Neither popularity nor position are permanent. Ecclesiastes 4:13-16 teaches us to avoid unrealistic expectations regarding both.

  • Avoiding Self-Inflicted Loneliness.

    The next section of Ecclesiastes we will preach illustrates the importance of companionship where isolation reigns.

  • Balancing the Desire to Compete.

    Much of life is about balance. Solomon reminds us of the need to balance work and family, avoid over-competitiveness, and find the mean between being workaholics and lazy.

  • Two Are Better Than One.

    Solomon's examination of the apparent anomalies and contradictions that confront our lives every day continues in Ecclesiastes 4. Walter Kaiser describes the progression of thought from chapter 3 to chapter 4 as follows: