(Outline #6 in series on Ecclesiastes.)
Man has various relationships. Ecclesiastes 5 talks about some of these.
BETWEEN MAN AND GOD - Vss. 1-7
1. Watch Your Works - Vs. 1
"Keep your foot" means "watch your step".
We should be careful of our behavior when we enter the house of God.
We should be quick to listen and resist offering "the sacrifice of fools".
Evidently the sacrifice of fools is to offer something to God when our heart and soul aren't in it.
2. Watch Your Words - Vss. 2-3
Solomon appears to be talking about prayer in these two verses.
The secret of effective praying is in our heart preparation. We must humble ourselves before God and listen before we speak.
3. Keep Your Vows - Vss, 4-7
BETWEEN MAN AND GOVERNMENT - Vss. 8-9
Solomon is warning us not to be surprised at corruption in government.
Of course, we are to obey the government. Romans 13:1-7
BETWEEN MAN AND GOLD - Vss. 10-17
1. Riches Do Not Satisfy - Vs. 10
2. Riches Produce Sponges - Vs. 11a
A sponge is someone who wants to soak up your riches. The more we have, the more others want.
My Dad has a friend who once asked somebody to be the executor for his will. The first thing the would-be executor did was to ask for a 30 thousand dollar loan.
3. The Things Riches Buy Are Of Limited Value - Vs. 11b
4. Riches Can Cause Loss Of Sleep - Vs. 12
5. There Is No Guaranteed Security In Riches - Vss. 13-17
BETWEEN MAN AND GRATITUDE - Vss. 18-20
A person should work hard and enjoy the blessings that God has given him.