Friday, March 13, 2015

Ecclesiastes, Day 5 Readings

In Praise of Preparation and Anxiety-Free Living  

Today's reading is the conclusion of Qoheleth's exploration of the meaning of life.  Having concluded that it is best to eat, drink, and find joy in one's labors, he now imagines how one should best approach the hard times that will come in life.  One the one hand, he encourages diligence and preparation, so that one can withstand certain changes in life.  On the other hand, he also encourages people to approach life with a certain youthful ignorance -- looking for joy and not being anxious or afraid of the challenges or injustices of life.

Read Ecclesiastes 11:1-12:14  (NIV)   (NRSV)   (CEB)
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Reading the Bible in Its Entirety

If you are planning to read the Bible in its entirety, you should read Ecclesiastes 11-12 today.