Wisdom Is Better Than Folly (Ecclesiastes 9:13 – 10:15)

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Ecclesiastes 9:13 – 10:15

1. In games of strategy, how would you rate yourself?

  • ruthless
  • reluctant
  • first one out

2. If you could learn any instrument, what would it be? What song would you like to play on it?

3. When was the last time you got lost? Where were you going? Did you ever get there?

4. The Teacher derives two morals from the example story in chapter 9:13 – 16. What are they?

5. How does the first pair of proverbs (chapter 9:17 and 18) correspond to the preceding example story? Do they agree with (or take issue) with the story? Why doesn’t wisdom win out?

6. What two things are contrasted in chapter 10:1 – 3? What is the main point here?

7. In this context (chapter 10:3 – 5), what’s wrong with leaving your post?

8. What is the “evil” in chapter 10:5 – 7? Where is it found?

9. In chapter 10:6 – 11, where do you see poetic justice? Random events? Cause and effect? Dry humor? How does “skill” in verse 10 relate to wisdom?

10. What topic is addressed in chapter 10:12 – 15? What progression is evident in chapter 10:12 – 14a? How does the contention in chapter 10b add to the problem of the fool? What hope (if any) is there for the lost fool?

11. How does someone’s social position affect you respect for his opinions? In what ways could that person’s “wisdom” help you?

12. How “skilled” are you in the various areas of life (family, friendships, work, ministry)? In which areas do you need to develop greater skills? How can this best be done?

13. How has something foolish you said affected others and yourself? To whom do you need to apologized because of it? What practical steps can you take to avoid such “foolish” conversation?

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