What does it say?
- Read Ecclesiastes 7:1–8:1
- What does the Preacher say about death in vv. 1–6?
- How is the fool contrasted with the wise in v. 4–5?
- What does the Preacher say about wisdom in 7:7–8:1?
- What does the Preacher say about God?
What does it mean?
- Summarize the main idea in your own words.
- Why does the Preacher say the day of death is better than the day of birth in v. 1?
- How does death teach us about what matters most in life?
- Is the Preacher arguing that wisdom is useless in 7:7–8:1? Why or why not?
How should it change us?
- How should this passage change how you think about death?
- Why is it so difficult to embrace the fact that life has limitations?
- Think about the day of your death and ask yourself, what kind of person should I be?
- What impact does death have on sins of anger, impatience, greed, and nostalgia from vv. 7–25?
- Which of these sins do you need to ask God to help you deal with more wisely?
- Remind one another of God's faithful providence by singing "What’er My God Ordains is Right"