) Often in the discussion concerning the author, the divine author is only assumed if even considered. Even though he wrote in such a manner, much of our study will be linear. 12:9 Not only was the Teacher wise, but he also taught knowledge to the people; he carefully evaluated and arranged many proverbs. While the hope is to offer wisdom to youth who have not already wasted their life away, the message is offered to the congregation. “The Preacher sought to find delightful words and write them correctly.” As well the underlying truth of the book applies to every person.While most would simply start with the presupposition that the divine author is God, it is important at times to make note of that presupposition. 12:1 So remember your Creator in the days of your youth – before the difficult days come, and the years draw near when you will say, “I have no pleasure in them . The Teacher sought to find delightful words, and to write accurately truthful sayings . Whatever the outcome concerning the human authorship, there is no doubt that God breathed into a man this revelation for our profit.

As we continue in this study today, there is one fact that is not up for debate.

That fact is that Ecclesiastes is inspired scripture and therefore profitable.

While many may debate the author, date, meaning, setting, and even its divine inspiration—we will not debate whether or not it is scripture and inspired. Often a study of the book of Ecclesiastes can be a daunting task to undertake.

At times it seems confusing, at times self contradictory, at other times completely hedonistic.

A presupposition that must be stated and understood in this study is that the Word of God was written to be understood. Having heard everything, I have reached this conclusion: Fear God and keep his commandments, because this is the whole duty of man.

God has revealed himself in a manner which is understandable. Conclusion (12:8-14) While other beneficial outlines are offered the outline above displays well the manner in which the book seems to have been written. The wisdom that Solomon offers is most useful for the young.While we establish that the task in front of us is possible, it does not follow that it is easy. While Solomon was working toward a conclusive point, he did so in a cyclical manner. It appears that Solomon desired to teach young people these truths so that they could avoid the errors he made throughout his life.2 Timothy -16 Now in fact all who want to live godly lives in Christ Jesus will be persecuted. But evil people and charlatans will go from bad to worse, deceiving others and being deceived themselves. You, however, must continue in the things you have learned and are confident about.You know who taught you and how from infancy you have known the holy writings, which are able to give you wisdom for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.