Introduction

\\INTRODUCTION TO ECCLESIASTES 12\\

This chapter begins with advice to young men, which is continued from
the preceding; and particularly to remember their Creator in the days
of their youth; enforced from the consideration of the troubles and
inconveniences of old age, \\#Ec 12:1\\; which, in an allegorical way, is
beautifully described, \\#Ec 12:2-6\\; and from the certainty of death,
when it would be too late, \\#Ec 12:7\\. And then the wise man returns to
his first proposition, and which he kept in view all along, that all is
vanity in youth or old age, \\#Ec 12:8\\; and recommends the reading of
this book, from the diligence, pains and labour, he used in composing
it; from the sententious matter in it; from the agreeable, acceptable,
and well chosen words, in which he had expressed it; and from the
wisdom, uprightness, truth, efficacy, and authority of the doctrines of
it, \\#Ec 12:9-11\\; and from its preference to other books, which were
wearisome both to author and reader, \\#Ec 12:12\\. And it is concluded
with the scope and design, the sum and substance of the whole of it,
reducible to these two heads; the fear of God, and obedience to him,
\\#Ec 12:13\\; and which are urged from the consideration of a future
judgment, into which all things shall be brought, \\#Ec 12:14\\.