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Notes On Ecclesiastes

Ecclesiastes = The Preacher
(Hebrew) Koheleth = Assembler or Convener
Without  God  All  is Vanity
Godless learning = cynicism (1:7, 8)
Godless greatness = sorrows (1:16-18)
Godless pleasure = disappointment (2:1, 2)
Godless labor = hatred of life (2:17)
Godless philosophy = emptiness (3:1-9)
Godless eternity = unfulfillment (3:11)
Godless life = depression (4:2, 3)
Godless religon = dread (5:7)
Godless wealth = trouble (5:12)
Godless existence = frustration (6:12)
Godless wisdom = despair (11:1-8)
GODLY REVERENCE ¹ = FULFILLMENT (12:13, 14)

   The begining of wisdom is the fear (reverence) of God, a deeply serious attitude toward the commands of God. Proverbs 1:7 - "The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction",
¹  Old Testament Key Term
   The fear of the LORD = HEBREW:  yare´ (Strong's  3372),  Y ehovah - YHVH (Strong's  3068).
   The recognition that humans are responsible and accountable to God's moral standard. The Old Testament has no word for, religion. This is because, the peoples in the time of the Old Testament it was just a way of life. The phrases, "the fear of God " or  "the fear of the LORD ", comes close to expressing what we mean by the term; religion.
   Even today for the Christian, the term Christianity, is not a religion, but is a way of life. A life-style which always takes into account that there is an "all-wise,"  "all-powerful,"  "all-righteous"  God who holds people accountable for their behavior. To live in loving fellowship with God is possible only for those who "fear" Him...   better said; for those who "Revere" Him.

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