Commentaries on Ecclesiastes

On this page you will find Bible commentaries on the Old Testament book of Ecclesiastes. The commentaries listed first are those that have received the best reviews. You will also find options for commentaries on Ecclesiastes that help pastors, teachers, and readers with application of the text, commentaries that approach the Scripture verse-by-verse, classic Christian commentaries, and much more.

Top Reviewed Commentaries on Ecclesiastes



The Book of Ecclesiastes (NICNT) by Tremper Longman III


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Accolades:

Desiring God: #1 recommended commentary on Ecclesiastes

Keith Mathison: #5 ranked commentary on Ecclesiastes, “Like many, Longman argues that the monologue by Qohelet (the main speaker in the book) is framed by the words of a narrator.”

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Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs (NIVAC) by Iain Provan


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Tremper Longman: 4 out 5 stars, “one of the most interesting commentaries…the theme of the book proclaims that true love resists coerced legal love”

Keith Mathison: #3 ranked commentary on Ecclesiastes, “Provan offers helpful insight into the meaning of the book and its relevance today. This work will prove especially helpful to preachers.”

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The Message of Ecclesiastes (BST) by Derek Kidner


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Tremper Longman: “well written and sensible…shows application to life as well”

Keith Mathison: #1 ranked commentary on Ecclesiastes, “It is a popular level work, accessible to any reader, yet it still contains profound insight and application. Highly recommended.”

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Ecclesiastes (BCOT) by Craig G. Bartholomew


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Accolades:

Tremper Longman: 5 out of 5 stars, “excellent commentary, especially strong in history of interpretation and biblical theology”

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Ecclesiastes (THOTC) by Peter Enns


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Tremper Longman: 4.5 out 5 stars, “Enns carefully and insightfully interprets the book and shows its immense relevance”

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Ecclesiastes and Song Of Solomon (TPC) by David A. Hubbard


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Keith Mathison: #3 ranked commentary on Ecclesiastes, “Between Hubbard and Provan, preachers should be able to help their people understand more clearly this difficult portion of God’s inerrant Word.”

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A Time to Tear Down and a Time to Build Up by Michael V. Fox


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Tremper Longman: 4 out of 5 stars, “Fox’s idea of Ecclesiastes as a framed monologue is very provocative”

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Ecclesiastes (TOTC) by Michael A. Eaton


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Keith Mathison: #2 ranked commentary on Ecclesiastes, “Eaton views Ecclesiastes as an apologetic essay. It defends the life of faith in God by detailing how terrible the alternative is.”

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Ecclesiastes (JPS) by Michael Fox


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Accolades:

Tremper Longman: 4 out of 5 stars, “contains a helpful history of interpretation”

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Ecclesiastes (Anchor) by Choon-Leong Seow


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Tremper Longman: 4 out of 5 stars, “readable yet scholarly…the theological notes are often insightful”

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Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs (REBC) by Jerry E. Shepherd


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Accolades:

Tremper Longman: 4 out 5 stars, “helpful short commentary on the book…very readable”

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Ecclesiastes (REC) by Douglas Sean O’Donnell


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Accolades:

World Magazine: 2017 “Series of the Year”

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More Commentaries with Application Help for Pastors



Ecclesiastes (Preaching the Word) by Philip Graham Ryken


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Ecclesiastes and Song of Songs (Teach the Text) by Edward M. Curtis


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Ecclesiastes (Interpretation) by William P. Brown


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Ecclesiastes (CCE) by Daniel L. Akin,‎ Jonathan Akin, and‎ Tony Merida


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More Verse-by-Verse Commentaries



Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs (NAC) by Duane A. Garrett


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Ecclesiastes (AOTC) by Julie Ann Duncan


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Ecclesiastes (Focus) by William D. Barrick


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Ecclesiastes (Mentor) by Richard P. Belcher, Jr.


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Ecclesiastes (WBC) by Roland Murphy


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Ecclesiastes (OTL) by James L. Crenshaw


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Ecclesiastes (AOTC) by Daniel C. Fredericks


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Classic Christian Commentaries for Bible Study



Ecclesiastes (Geneva) by Charles Bridges


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