The Limitations of Life – Ecclesiastes 5:8-20

The Limitations of Life – Ecclesiastes 5:8-20

Sunday Service – 5/15/2016

Pastor Bryan Parish

“The Limitations of Life”





  1. The Limitations of Government 5.8-9
    1. Some Governments are Corrupt (5.8)
    2. Some Government is Better than No Government (5.9)
  2. The Limitations of Money 5.10-17
    1. The More You Have the More You Want (5.10)
    2. The More You Have the More You Waste (5.11)
    3. The More You have the More You Worry (5.12)
    4. The More You Have the More You Risk (5.13-14)
    5. The More You have the More You Leave Behind (5.15-17)
  3. The Limitations of Life 5.18-20
    1. Enjoy Your Lot in Life (5.18)
    2. Enjoy Your Gift in Life (5.19)
    3. Enjoy Your Time in Life (5.20)


Eccl. 5:8   If you see the oppression of the poor, and the violent perversion of justice and righteousness in a province, do not marvel at the matter; for high official watches over high official, and higher officials are over them.

Eccl. 5:9   Moreover the profit of the land is for all; even the king is served from the field.

10 He who loves silver will not be satisfied with silver;

Nor he who loves abundance, with increase.

This also is vanity.

11 When goods increase,

They increase who eat them;

So what profit have the owners

Except to see them with their eyes?

12 The sleep of a laboring man is sweet,

Whether he eats little or much;

But the abundance of the rich will not permit him to sleep.

13 There is a severe evil which I have seen under the sun:

Riches kept for their owner to his hurt.

14 But those riches perish through misfortune;

When he begets a son, there is nothing in his hand.

15 As he came from his mother’s womb, naked shall he return,

To go as he came;

And he shall take nothing from his labor

Which he may carry away in his hand.

16 And this also is a severe evil—

Just exactly as he came, so shall he go.

And what profit has he who has labored for the wind?

17 All his days he also eats in darkness,

And he has much sorrow and sickness and anger.

Eccl. 5:18   Here is what I have seen: It is good and fitting for one to eat and drink, and to enjoy the good of all his labor in which he toils under the sun all the days of his life which God gives him; for it is his heritage.  19 As for every man to whom God has given riches and wealth, and given him power to eat of it, to receive his heritage and rejoice in his labor—this is the gift of God.  20 For he will not dwell unduly on the days of his life, because God keeps him busy with the joy of his heart.


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