Answering these 66 questions will allow you to become more familiar
  with the text of Ecclesiastes.


1. Whose son does the author of Ecclesiastes claim to be? 1:1

2. What word is often repeated in 1:2?

3. According to 1:9, what is seen as new “under the sun?”

4. Over what nation…and in what city…was the author king over? 1:12

5. What one thing did Solomon wish to know above all else? 1:13

6. According to I Kings 3:12, what gift did God give Solomon?

7. What fits well with wisdom and understanding? 1:18


8. From 2:4-8, list ten things, or persons, Solomon possessed:

9. What word does Solomon use to describe himself in 2:9?

10. In what does the fool walk? 2:14

11. According to 2:16, what is the difference between the death of a wise man
and the death of a fool?

12. What did Solomon eventually hate? 2:17-18

13. What does Solomon say concerning the days of a man's life in 2:23?

14. According to 2:26, what does God give the man who is good?

15. According to 2:26, what does God give to the sinner?


16. From the list in 3:2-8, list all the things Solomon said that "there is a time for.”

17. In the first part of 3:14, what does Solomon say about the works of God?

18. According to 3:17, who will God judge?

19. According to 3:19, what is the difference between the death of an animal
and a human being?

20. What do both men and animals return to? 3:20


21. What does Solomon say about people that cry in 4:1?
What did they not have?

22. According to Revelation 21:4, what will God do?

23. According to 4:9, why are two better than one?

24. According to 4:12, what is not quickly broken?

25. What is better than an old, foolish king?  4:13


26. Paraphrase all that Solomon says about the mouth in 5:2:

27. How can you tell when a fool is speaking?  5:3

28. What is said concerning vows in 5:4?

29. What are the last few words in 5:7?

30. In 5:10, what object is mentioned as something that cannot satisfy?

31.  According to 5:12, what is sweet?

32.  What does a man get to take to his grave with him?  5:15

33.  Because it is a gift from God, what should I rejoice in?  5:19


34. What is compared to a shadow in 6:12?


35.  What is better than precious ointment?  7:1

36. What is better than the day of your birth?  7:1

37.  According to 7:2, where is it better to go than to the house of feasting?

38. What is better than laughter?  7:3

39. What is better to hear than the song of fools?  7:5

40.  What is compared to the crackling of thorns in a fire in 7:6?

41.  What is better than the proud in spirit?  7:8

42.  What rests in the chest of a fool?  7:9

43.  How should we act in the day of prosperity? 7:14

44.  In 7:26, what is more bitter than death?


45.  According to 8:5, who will not feel evil things?

46.  According to 8:5, what will a wise man’s heart discern?

47.  According to 8:12, who will it “ be well with? ”

48. According to 8:13, who will it ” not be well with? ”


49. What is in the hand of God?  9:1

50.  According to 9:4, what is better than a dead lion?

51.  What do the living know?  9:5

52.  Who is a man to live joyfully with?  9:9

53.  What is better than strength? 9:16

54.  According to 9:18, what is wisdom better than?


55. According to 10:8, what will happen to the man who digs a pit?

56.  According to 10:12, what is gracious?

57. What is a fool full of?  10:14

58. What will destroy and decay a house?  10:18

59.  Who are we not to curse…even in our thoughts?  10:20


60.  What are we to cast upon the waters?  11:1

61.  At what time in your life is it best to rejoice?  11:9


62. At what time in your life is it best to remember your Creator? 12:1

63.  Where will your spirit one day return?  12:7

64. Which verse in chapter 12 is almost identical to Ecclesiastes 1:2?

65.  According to 12:12, what is said about “much study?”

66. Summarize, in your words, Solomon’s “ conclusion of the whole matter ”  from 12:13.


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