LESSONS LEARNED (24)
1. Life apart from God is meaningless.
2. Life is seasonal and cyclical.
3. Wisdom has its limits.
4. Activity without purpose is meaningless.
5. A good name is better than fine perfume (7:1)
6. It is better to heed a wise man's rebuke than to listen to the song of fools (7:5)
7. Do not be quickly provoked in your spirit, for anger resides in the lap of fools (7:9)
8. There is a proper time and procedure for every matter (8:6)
(v1) Who is like the wise man? Who knows the explanation of things? Wisdom brightens a man's face and changes its hard appearance.
9. Godly wisdom can anticipate what's ahead. Little surprises a man of wisdom or catches him unaware.
(v2) Obey the king's command, I say, because you took an oath before God. (v3) Do not be in a hurry to leave the king's presence.
10. Once you decide to leave you will no longer have the opportunity to change the outcome--you will have to start over somewhere else to establish credibility before you will have an opportunity to bring change.
(v4) Since a king's word is supreme, who can say to him, "What are you doing?" (v5) Whoever obeys his command will come to no harm, and the wise heart will know the proper time and procedure. (v6) For there is a proper time and procedure for every matter, though a man's misery weighs heavily upon him.
11. Do not stand up for a bad cause, for he will do whatever he pleases. A good cause becomes a bad cause simply because you bring it up at the wrong time.
12. There is a proper time and procedure for every matter. You have to know what hills you will die on, what hills you will bleed on, and what hills are not worth climbing--die on a few hills, bleed on a few hills; everything else is not worth your engagement.
13. Swift justice is prudent (8:11)
14. It goes better for God-fearing men, who are reverent before God (8:12)
15. Under the sun, meaning and understanding are futile (8:17)
16. Wisdom is better than strength (9:16)
17. A little folly outweighs wisdom and honor (10:1)
18. The fool multiplies words (10:14)
19. Words uttered will go beyond the boundaries you set (10:20)
20. There are consequences for every action (11:9)
21. Remember God in your youth before old age dulls you initiative (12:1-7)
22. Of making many books there is no end, and much study wearies the body (12:12)
23. Our duty is to fear God and keep His commandments (12:13)
24. Every deed, every hidden thing will be judged (12:14)