The Book of Ecclesiastes


We’re exploring three books in the Bible
known as the wisdom literature Proverbs, Ecclesiastes and Job and they’re all asking the question what does it mean to live well in this world So we looked at proverbs who you could think of as a bright young teacher She’s all about pursuing wisdom an attribute of God that’s woven into reality and she’s optimistic that if you use wisdom you will build a successful life but then we come to Ecclesiastes who’s more like the sharp middle-aged critic and he says You think using wisdom will bring you success You’d better think again because life
here under the sun is meaningless and that’s a phrase you use a lot in this book but to understand this book we have to realize first that we’re hearing two voices So first there’s the teacher and we’ve been calling him the critic He’s the main voice in the book but he is introduced to us by another figure the author and he’s the one who’s collected the critics words and then at the end of the book summarizes everything and gets the final word So why does the author wants to hear
from the critic? He wants to turn your view of the world upside down and he’s gonna let the critic explore three really disturbing things about the world and we should warn you these are pretty intense Yeah! So the first is the march of time whereas the critic says Generations come and generations go but the earth it’s been here long before us and we’ll be long after No one remembers people from long ago and all the people yet to come They too will be forgotten by those who
come after them and so on a cosmic scale, you and I, we are just ibilik stars are born and then they die and form planets with orbit new stars and those planets they change over time and eventually burnt up And admits this cosmic backdrop, my entire existence is like a blink in time which leads to the critic’s second disturbing observation that we are all going to die Humans face the same fate as the animals Death, all people, the righteous and the wicked The good and the bad Those who offer sacrifices to God and
those who do not They all share the same destiny all this activity and madness then we all join the dead Man! This book is depressing and so is the final disturbing thing for the critic and that is life’s random nature So in Proverbs, life isn’t random There’s a clear cause-and-effect relationship between doing the right thing and being rewarded But the fact is that life doesn’t always work that way The critic has observed a glitch in the system He calls it, Chance, or in his words The race doesn’t always go to the Swift nor the battle to the strong nor does food always come to the wise or wealth to the brilliant or favor to the educated time and chance happen to them all So his point is that you can’t really control
anything in life It’s just way too unpredictable so if i want to master life then you’re setting yourself up for a fall Now throughout the book, the Critic uses a
metaphor to tie together all of these disturbing ideas Nearly 40 times he says
that everything in life is “Hevel” it’s a Hebrew word that means smoke or vapor Like smoke, life is beautiful and mysterious It takes one shape and before you know it It takes a new shape and smoke look solid but try and grab it it will slip right through your fingers and when you’re stuck in the thick of it like fog, it’s impossible to see clearly Now our modern translations have lost the metaphor and they usually translate “Hevel” as meaningless but if you read closely the critic isn’t saying that life has no meaning but rather that its meaning is never
clear Like smoke, life is confusing It’s disorienting and uncontrollable So what are we supposed to do with all of this? Well! Surprisingly, the critic first of
all acknowledges the perspective of Proverbs He says it’s a really good idea
to learn wisdom and to live in the fear of the Lord Really?! I mean he just said
that doesn’t guarantee success but he knows it’s the right thing to do but secondly and more often he says that since you can’t control your life You should stop trying Learn to hold things with an open hand
because you really only have control over one thing and that’s your attitude towards the present moment Stop worrying he says and choose to
enjoy a good conversation with a friend or the Sun on your face or a good meal with people that you care about The simple things in life Yes and both the good things and the bad
because both are rich gifts from God and that’s the surprising wisdom of
ecclesiasticus Listening to the critic is painful and can lead you into some dark places and that’s why the author speaks up at the end of the book He doesn’t want you to lose hope He wants to make you humble Into someone who trusts that life has meaning even when you can’t make sense of it that one day God will clear the Hevel and bring his justice on all that we’ve done and so he tells us that the proper response to all of this is to fear the lord and keep his Commandments and that’s the book of Ecclesiastes Now there’s one more voice in the Bible’s wisdom literature and that’s the book of Job and he will bring us the final much-needed perspective on our journey
into wisdom Hey! Thanks for watching this video We make a lot more videos like this one here on our youtube channel so check them out We believe the Bible is a unified story that leads to Jesus and has wisdom to offer the modern world so we’re making videos that explore all the books of the Bible Their main ideas and their unique design We’re also making videos about key themes that run through hole biblical story there’s a lot more videos and series planned And all of these Bible Project resources are possible because of your support You can make a one-time
gift Or you could become part of our growing monthly support team and the goal is to make this whole video library available for free to anyone anywhere You can join us by going to Download full resolution versions of these videos, posters, study guide It’s all for free there You guys are awesome. Thanks for the support

Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

100 thoughts on “The Book of Ecclesiastes”

  1. The Bible Project says:

    Explore our videos:
    Download resources:
    Listen to podcasts:

    Follow us:

    Thank you to all of our generous supporters!

  2. 93 msp says:

    A time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace.
    Ecclesiastes 3:8
    One I just read and I like it.

  3. Servant of the KING says:

    This is kind of a complex way of explaining the book of Ecclesiastes I believe it's from one man giving life from three different perspectives. First in his misery as the Bible says he who increased in wisdom increasing sorrow he explains in his own grief how to him his wisdom cannot save him from looking at life from a dismal perspective. Is like saying he has reached a point in time where he has expended all avenues of exploration and I've come to a certain mortal conclusion. But you then makes it clear that nothing about life is fair because life has purpose. And its purpose is beyond the realm of our mortal ability to understand. That's why some people who may appear to deserve something may be denied. In the end it is about embracing that we were created as the angels to fulfill a purpose upon this Earth. It's not meant to be fair but God and his goodness will give you what you need in order to fulfill his purpose. In other words all the wisdom that was given to the author could not even remotely equate to the wisdom of God. His wisdom was a blessing but not enough to keep him from seeing the misery or avoiding certain circumstances that we all face. Apparently he's a rich man I believe this is written by Solomon in his old age. He is now questioning everything perhaps after losing the kingdom and at some point of contemplation at the mistakes that he made and the choices he made especially in regards to the concubines

  4. Lingüístic channel says:

    Great video!

  5. superbowl super browns says:

    Thank you

  6. Happy Soul says:

    Never seen this way 😵 thank you😇

  7. Carrie Moyer says:

    Love the imagery…

  8. Kat D says:

    Love this explanation and the beautiful animations with it. 💜

  9. Ace Turnbull says:

    GOD!!! :O

  10. Andre Cruz Lordelo says:

    Amazing video!

  11. seun dartist says:

    This is my favorite out of all of your videos. I am just starting to just enjoy the simple things in life over again.

  12. Zaccky Greyling says:

    Wow. Your videos are amazing. What tool do u use?

  13. A is for America says:

    Man I love this animation.

  14. James Flannery-Serle says:

    Wrong worldy view of the word of God.

  15. Adrian Sabenicio says:

    Amen glory to God

  16. michelle logreco says:

    I am a breath in the wind!
    We must get this…
    Blessed am I🙏🏻🤟🏻♥️

  17. michelle logreco says:

    Awesomeness in action!

  18. Bon Chance says:

    the Author of the Holy Bible is GOD.
    Fear the LORD.
    Obey His Commandments.
    Enjoy Sunshine….Clouds….flowers….fresh air….for All has been given in Love…..for you.

  19. Glenn Wolfe says:

    You, so call false prophets, are a bunch of idiots, you have not got the mind to understand God's Holy Bible, so you change the meaning of the words to your own liking, like it says that all men shall die, He's telling us there that there s no difference between the Adam men( like you idiots) and the beasts, all shall die, and you forgot the most important verse…"it is the gift of God that every men should eat and drink and enjoy the good of all his labor", comeon get the words right

  20. shijo mathew says:


  21. Dino Ball says:

    Man this my favorite channel thank you

  22. Tommy Wiseau says:

    This book was so edgy

  23. Stefano Portoghesi says:

    Where is the proof that a "God" does actually exist ? Nowhere to be found in the real / physical world out there ! So is it a great sign of Wisdom to believe in something for which there is no scientific evidence and no proof ? Or is it more a sign of great Stupidity ? What your logic and common sense suggest to your mind ? Thanks for reading it .

  24. a45williams says:

    I'm very impressed! I'm on board.

  25. Matt Bohlman says:

    This was excellent!!

  26. Runs with Bulls says:

    The more I look into the Bible the more I hear " this isn't really translated correctly, what this really means…" If it's not translated correctly why don't they correct it? Anyway, I don't believe in God soley because of the Bible. I believe in him for other reasons, nevertheless, it seems to me that when there is a very difficult to understand verse in the Bible we say "this word actually means this…so this verse can be translated to this." I feel like we change the Bible to fit our own beliefs when we get tough questions about Bible verses, that don't seem to fit with the rest of the Bible or Christianity. I will continue studying.

  27. Mavaega-Ua-O'o I-Nuuausala says:


  28. Grace Daniel says:

    My God!! I had revelation watching this. Thank you and God bless you.

  29. MrMfloor says:

    Beyond Brilliant …. no words to describe accurately

  30. Yajeeb Miller says:


  31. Evidennt says:

    Ecclesiastes makes you know.. God understands.

  32. Caratacus says:

    If God doesnt exist, then this ‘depressing’ take on life is actually 100% true as only God can give objective meaning.

    No wonder so many are indifferent and try to fill up their time with distractions, without faith what else is there but futility…

  33. Roderick Selda says:

    The animation is very outstanding! It is somewhat the same as the animation of Harry Potter's tale of the three brothers…but nonetheless, the message of the video is what matters the most. Thank you so much!

  34. GrimSoldat says:

    Life is does not always go the way we want. All is dust, eventually. The difference between the man or woman of Christ and the person of the world is acceptance. I know some fellow Christians who still have not fully surrendered and it shows in how much turmoil is in their lives and their hearts.

  35. Warrior of Zebulun says:

    This is beautiful <3 ^_^ Jesus bless you all!!

  36. Stefany Saavedra says:

    Que bendición!!! 😍 continúen así 💕💖💕

  37. 김민솔 says:

    3:27 Hevel

  38. KingGodson316 says:

    Wonderful video! The phrase often repeated in Ecclesiastes is “under the sun” is “hevel.” The point is that life “under the sun,” outside of heaven is “hevel.”

  39. Daniel Gonzalez says:

    Glory be to God

  40. Déborha Benvindo says:

    You guys are amazing!!

  41. Samuel RPereira says:

    This book is actually my favourite in the bible, and my mum doesn't really like it. But this book is so true sometimes

  42. Se7enwonders says:

    People need to switch off their TV sets, laptops, tablets and phones and READ this. And not just read it, but really STUDY it. That goes for all of the wisdom literature, for here is life.

  43. Blake Beshires says:

    Amazing series. Thankyou men so much.

  44. Elroy Swarts says:

    This is fascinating.I love the book of Ecclesiastes, and I do not find it depressing at all.Thanks for your perspective on it.

  45. Morisu MXD says:

    These animations are absolutely amazing, I've already seen the animation of the proverbs, Ecclesiastes and Job. Excellent Work. As an artist, I applause this grand showcase of knowledge. 👏👏👍👍

  46. Cedric Jones says:

    Bless the Lord, …. oh my soul.

  47. Kylie Sanders says:

    I love this channel it makes the bible more easier to understand and along with my own studies your videos help me summarize the books I am working on.

  48. Jogen Panes says:

    Praise the Lord!

  49. Abhilash John says:

    Everything under the sun is vain,but there is something greater above the sun,rely upon it.thank you for reading.

  50. Aaron Josef says:

    I understand you got your knowledge regarding cosmic on education. But we mist refrain from using that as we do not really know how stars are born. It is all created by God. Do not mix science theory with the bible.

  51. Consumed by deceit says:

    My favorite book of scripture
    Timeless and continuously relevant
    Solomon knew he fucked up but wasn't sorry about it
    The first G ahaha
    Well second cause GOD is was and always will be the first and last

  52. James Richard Lastimosa says:

    Isn't that a cigarette? Does that give glory to the Holy God? Smoke maybe a symbolic thing in Ecclesiastes but I don't think a cigarette would fit in God's will…
    These videos are great and is informing, but consider that smoking is a not apt, as many people consider it a sin.

  53. Glenn Davis says:

    ECCL 7:14 When times are good, rejoice. When times are bad consider this, God made them both. Therefore no man can determine his own destiny.

    Greatest bible verse ever.

  54. George Meier says:

    FROM JOB CHAPTER 16 Even now my witness is in heaven;
        my advocate is on high.

    My intercessor is my friend[a]
        as my eyes pour out tears to God;

    on behalf of a man he pleads with God
        as one pleads for a friend

  55. Moira Madden says:

    I absolutely love you guys! I greatly appreciate what you guys doing please keep doing good, you've made studying the bible interesting and easy to understand

  56. Andy Field says:

    Matthew 6:19-34 perhaps as a cross reference ?

  57. Huveto Khamo says:

    Awesome interpretation of hevel

  58. Lianna Pfister says:

    So I saw this video a while ago & remembered hearing a great word with similarities to smoke. I looked for the analogy under word studies for like an hour.
    The word was hevel. This video is not a word study.

  59. Gameover100III says:

    You guys are fantastic!

  60. Angelo Maglalang says:

    2:28 "Man this book is DEPRESSING"

  61. oink pink says:

    He sounds like Jordan Peterson!

  62. Paul Andrei Gillesania says:

    I love how there are these books in the Bible like Judges and Ecclesiastes that are just as dark, pessimistic and 'absurd' as anything ever written by irreligious philosophers like Sartre or Schopenhauer.

  63. Armando Rosado says:


  64. david mota says:

    God bless you guys. Verdaderamente son una bendiciones, y espero en Dios que el SEÑOR abra puertas a su favor donde quiera que vayan, reciban bendiciones y declaramos cielos abierto en el Nombre del Santo Hijo de Dios, En nombre de Nuestro amado Señor JESUCRISTO.

  65. Joshua Wenceslaus says:

    meen this is depressing, i laughed hahahahahahah

  66. Silent Protagonist says:

    This is seriously fascinating

  67. Yesica Pena says:

    You guys look like you enjoy doing this

  68. Sully Monster says:

    This is guarding our hearts.

  69. Oliver Joshua Jacob says:

    OMG I always had this question about the randomness of life. I always wondered why God helped the unrighteous. Though I have read the book of proverbs but never considered reading the book of Ecclesiastes. This video was so on point, helped completing the whole picture. Thanks for sharing such great insights from the Bible. I am so glad I've found your channel.

  70. Solo Elly says:

    One of my fav book, thank you for sharing.

  71. Badiya Saho says:

    The Bible Project's guys are doing Great job.🤗

  72. gustavo w says:

    this project is amazing. I just found this project these days. very didactic, and more important: it gives an overview, a macroperspective that most of the christians won't get in 99.99% of the studies. I see that most of the people preaching the word do not understand the whole, most of the time they focus on one single verse, just like focusing on one single note of a complete album song. Congrats to the authors!

  73. Chad Smith says:

    I'm reminded of a quote. It's not a biblical one, mind you, but it sums up Ecclesiastes modestly well.

    "Not all wisdom brings joy."

    I have found this quote strangely comforting.

  74. The Incarnation says:

    Praise God.
    The guys creative thought and animation is absurdly ridiculous. 2nd to none.
    Than you. ❤️✌️❤️

  75. The Fall of New Babylon says:

    Fantastic video

  76. happy golucky says:

    God bless you all who prepare and have done research on this video presentation. A job well done.

  77. Hayden Yuan says:

    THIS VIDEO… THIS VIDEO BLEW MY MIND AFTER WATCHING IT THE THIRD TIME!!! Just what I needed. I follow God, ask Him for wisdom, and I try to have a good life under control. But it’s impossible to fully control my whole life b/c life is confusing and never easy. I am still dealing with tough situations today. That’s why we need God to guide us through our daily lives so that we may rejoice in Him and enjoy our life while we can! Thank you “The Bible Project” for all your hard work!

  78. Raj Kumar says:

    Why is smoking encouraged in this video?

  79. TooBlessed 2BStressed says:

    Wow!!! You guys really hit the mark with the artistic and animated interpretation of this book. 👏👏👏Amazing job! God bless

  80. Davis Tyer says:

    This is honestly my favorite book, because it’s so real! Well what I want for my future I will rely it all on God and pray until it comes.

  81. Davis Tyer says:

    I love your channel, it makes me want to watch the videos I’ve watched over and over again because it makes me follow God and love God even more.

  82. perry lc says:

    This is why it is so sad that the protestant churches took it out of their Bible. If as a society we are lacking something it’s Wisdom.

  83. Jolly Jo says:

    You guys are awesome! Thanks you for your hard work! Love it when you tell the Bible through clear words and meaning, sounds, and great illustrations! Awesome!!!!

  84. jett bye says:

    I think you misunderstand.

  85. Vasakhi says:

    always find myself coming back to this video.

  86. Juan Jesús González gil says:

    planet explosions?

  87. Franco Bernabei says:

    Thank YOU Brother = Revelation 19-1.

  88. The Essene,not essence, damnit says:


  89. matthew S says:

    Watching this makes me want to smoke

  90. Eternity says:

    So great !!!

  91. Dagmawit Habtesllassie says:

    I dont really like these videos. They are full of dark images. They magnify the evil. The presentation seems to have double message. The image of God is not magnified. This is misleading. I see only darkness.

  92. Shaindarkart says:

    im having trouble with the whole…'live in fear of the lord'……….doesnt seem right.
    why would GOD want us to live in fear.

  93. I'm Vincent Morales says:

    If u are a Boss and u hired someone "KNOWINGLY" that someone was going to RUIN your Creative Business, wouldnt that make it your fault. It would have nothing to do with "freewill", but it would be considered" Reckless, Careless and Dangerous on the part of the Boss's decision. And that my friend would be sad and very BAD! Things that make u go hmm!

  94. Julis Suryadi says:

    For a long time I've been your subscriber, I don't realize I missed this video…
    This is awesome!
    Thanks for your efforts
    You guys made a clear meaning in this "meaningless" life
    God bless you

  95. Ao400 says:

    I actually love your work guys, it’s amazing❤️

  96. Deven Rai says:

    Wow just wow. I was totally blown away

  97. José Henrique C. Amaral says:

    Vaidades das vaidades… Tudo é vaidade

  98. Richard Hillier says:

    You unwashed Gentile believers have insulted us by your stupid, thoughtless and above all, undiscerning portrayal of Chokhma as a sophomore preppy glasses-wearing prude. You will have to wait until the fulfilment of Romans 11 to be made properly aware of the offence you have caused not only to me, but to every Israelite who has heard of how you have chosen to caricature the Book of Ecclesiastes, which you have described as to its surface meaning in an incomplete, second-year undergraduate way. Shame on you.

  99. Drakaus Dromgatti says:

    Our generation will be raptured. The lord showed me when I was a child before I knew anything about a rapture.

  100. aeros says:

    Psalms and the Songs of Solomon also.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *