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Radical Depravity in Ecclesiastes

Solomon describes the natural rebellion of man against God as insanity.


The fallen minds of unregenerate people are completely full of evil. They are not as evil as they could be, but every part of their inner being is given to sin:

The hearts of the children of man are full of evil, and madness is in their hearts while they live. —Ecclesiastes 9:3b

Every part of unbelieving man’s inner being is consumed with the madness of sin. In his commentary on this text, Bridges writes, “There can be no exaggeration or mistake. It is our Maker—the Great Searcher of the heart— He who alone knows it—it is He that writes, and draws the picture. Nay, He gives a list of the enormities—pouring out of the heart—defiling every member of the body—every faculty of the soul. Nor is the picture confined to any particular age or nation. It is the heart of the sons of men—the history of every child of man in his natural unconverted state. Even under the highest influence of morality—evil passions, as vile as the source from whence they come—are only waiting the unrestrained moment, ere the torrent flow out.” Solomon here refers to sin as “madness.” Rebellion against God is surely spiritual insanity. Who would dare oppose God and expect to endure? No one in his right mind.

—Steve Lawson, Foundations of Grace (Reformation Trust, 2006), 159.

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