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Ecclesiastes: Why Everything Matters - Preaching the Word (Ryken)

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The book of Ecclesiastes is "about life, the way it really is," writes commentator Philip Ryken. Readers throughout the ages have been drawn to the way it honestly wrestles with the tedium of work, injustices in this life, the ravages of age, and the inevitability of death. But its wisdom, according to Ryken, is in teaching people to trust God with life's questions even in the midst of struggles.Pastors, writers, speakers, and students will find this Preaching the Word commentary to be a helpful resource in their teaching and studies.

Ryken explores what will happen if we choose the world's offerings instead of God's and teaches valuable lessons about what it means to have a God-centered worldview.

Ecclesiastes is the twenty-sixth volume of the Preaching the Word series—noted for its clear exposition, readability, practical application, and unqualified commitment to biblical authority. Ryken's commentary will not only enrich any individual study of Ecclesiastes but will equip Christian leaders in communicating its universal application to a wide audience.

Table of Contents:

  1. Vanity of Vanities (1:1-2)
  2. Same Old, Same Old (1:3-11)
  3. Humanity’s Search for Meaning (1:12-18)
  4. Meaningless Hedonism (2:1-11)
  5. Wisdom and Mad Folly (2:12-17)
  6. Working Things Out (2:18-26)
  7. To Everything a Season (3:1-8)
  8. All in Good Time (3:9-15)
  9. From Dust to Glory (3:16-4:3)
  10. Two are Better than One (4:4-16)
  11. In Spirit and in Truth (5:1-7)
  12. Satisfaction Sold Separately (5:8-20)
  13. Here Today, Gone Tomorrow (6:1-12)
  14. Better and Better (7:1-12)
  15. The Crook in the Lot (7:13-18)
  16. Wisdom for the Wise (7:19-29)
  17. Command and Consent (8:1-9)
  18. Final Justice (8:10-15)
  19. The Living and the Dead (8:16-9:6)
  20. The Good Life (9:7-10)
  21. Man Knows Not His Time (9:11-18)
  22. No Foolin’ (10:1-11)
  23. A Word to the Wise (10:12-20)
  24. You Never Know (11:1-6)
  25. Young and Old (11:7-12:7)
  26. The End of the Matter (12:8-14)



Philip Graham Ryken is Senior Minister at Philadelphia’s historic Tenth Presbyterian Church. He has written several books for Crossway.



"The Preaching the Word commentary series is one of my favorites. The focus upon explaining a text with preaching it as the goal makes the series resonate with the priorities of the pulpit. No academic aloofness here, but down-to-earth, preacher-to-preacher meat for God's people." - Bryan Chapell