Ecclesiastes 11:8-10 – Some Advice for Young and Old


Ecclesiastes 11:8-10


Given the uncertainties of life, both young and old should rejoice in the years God gives them.


The imperative directed at young people in 11:9 sounds somewhat surprising in the broader context of the wisdom tradition. Ecclesiastes does not call the young to work hard, to get up early, or to lead chaste and pure lives (see Proverbs 6:6; 12:11; 12:24; 19:15; 20:13; 26:14). Young people are advised to enjoy their lives–acknowledging that such advice is also good for senior citizens (11:8).