Introduction: Utter Futility
Futility Illustrated from Nature
Futility of Secular Accomplishment
Futility of Secular Wisdom
FutilityofSelf-IndulgentPleasureIthought tomyself,
Futility of Materialism
Wisdom isBetterthan Folly
Futilityof Being a Workaholic
Painful Days and Restless Nights
Enjoy Work andits Benefits
Man is Ignorant of God’s Timing
Enjoy LifeinthePresent
God’s Sovereignty
The Problem of Injustice and Oppression
Labor Motivatedby Envy
Labor Motivated by Greed
LaborisBeneficialWhenIts Rewards Are Shared
Labor Motivated by Prestige-Seeking
Government Corruption
Materialism Thwarts Enjoyment of Life
TheFutileWayLife Works
Frivolous Living Versus Wisdom
Human Wisdom Overturned by Adversity
WisdomCan Lengthen One’sLife
Wisdom Acknowledges God’s Orchestration ofLife
Exceptions tothe Law of Retribution
Wisdom Needed BecauseNoOneisTruly Righteous
Human Wisdomis Limited
True Righteousness and Wisdom are Virtually Nonexistent
Contradictions tothe Law ofRetribution
Enjoy Life InSpiteofIts Injustices
Limitations ofHuman Wisdom
Better toBe Poor butAlivethan Rich butDead
Lifeis Brief, so Cherish its Joys
WisdomCannot Protect against Seemingly Chance Events
Most PeopleAreNot Receptive to Wise Counsel
Wisdom versus Fools, Sin, and Folly
Wisdom Can Be Nullified Bythe Caprice of Rulers
Wisdom is Needed to Avert Dangers in Everyday Life
Words and Works of Wise Menand Fools
The Problem withFoolish Rulers
Life ShouldBe Enjoyed Because Death is Inevitable
Enjoy Lifetothe Fullest underthe Fear of God
Concluding Refrain: Qoheleth Restates His Thesis
Concluding Epilogue: Qoheleth’s Advice is Wise
Concluding Exhortation: Fear Godand Obey HisCommands!