Speech, Riches, and Gifts – Ecclesiastes 5

Read the Passage: Ecclesiastes 5

Wise Speech (5:1–7)

As Solomon moves toward concluding the first part of his investigation into “all that is done under heaven” (Eccl. 1:13), he briefly detours from his general discussion of labor in Eccl. 2:18–6:9 to specifically address wise speech in Eccl. 5:1–7. Continue reading Speech, Riches, and Gifts – Ecclesiastes 5

Envy, Friendship, and Popularity – Ecclesiastes 4

Read the Passage: Ecclesiastes 4

Oppression and Envy (4:1–6)

In his investigation into labor in Eccl. 2:18–6:12, Solomon occasionally veers off into other related subjects. Eccl. 4:1–3 is one such occasion as here Solomon considers oppression. Continue reading Envy, Friendship, and Popularity – Ecclesiastes 4

Cycles of Oppression – Judges 3:7–5:31

Read the Passage: Judges 3:7–5:31

Mesopotamian Oppression (3:7–11)

In studying Judges 1-3 we noted that the book of Judges narrates Israel’s disobedience, deteriorating faith, and military defeats. While the events in this book are largely discouraging, it is clear that the negative events recounted in this narrative are the result of Israel’s lack of faith in God. Continue reading Cycles of Oppression – Judges 3:7–5:31