A book of the wisdom of Solomon, wisest man ever, (other canonical books by Solomon include Proverbs and Song of Songs), in which he ponders the meaning of life, the universe, and everything, including Why are we here?.

(see also EB: Ecclesiastes)

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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Whole Bible
Book: Ecclesiastes
Chapters: 1 · 2 · 3 · 4 · 5 · 6 · 7 · 8 · 9 · 10 · 11 · 12 ·

The name of this Book signifies "The Preacher." The Wisdom of
God here preaches to us, speaking By Solomon, who it is evident
was the author. At the close of his Life, being made sensible of
his Sin and folly, he recorded here his experience for the
benefit of others, as the Book of his Repentance; and he
pronounced all earthly good to be "vanity and vexation of
Spirit." It convinces us of the vanity of the world, and that it
cannot make us happy; of the vileness of Sin, and its certain
tendency to make us miserable. It shows that No created good can
satisfy the soul, and that happiness is to be found in God
alone; and this doctrine must, under the blessed Spirit's
teaching, lead the Heart to Christ Jesus.

Ec*cle`si*as"tes (?), n. [L., fr. Gr. a preacher. See Ecclesiastic, a.]

One of the canonical books of the Old Testament.


© Webster 1913.

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