For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.
Romans 15:4


Ecclesiastes Introduction

A Bible Study - Commentary by Jim Melough

Copyright 2004 James Melough

While some have attempted to deny the Solomonic authorship of this book, the present writer, having seen no convincing evidence to support this contention, accepts the view that Solomon was indeed the writer, and that the time of writing was the 10th century B.C.


The word Ecclesiastes has the general meaning of calling an assembly together, and very clearly this is a call to men to come together to consider what Solomon had learned empirically, i.e., by observation and experience: the vanity, emptiness, worthlessness of everything under the sun, of all the things upon which men set a high value, but which yield no lasting satisfaction.  It is the view of things from the perspective of the unconverted man, who leaves God out of the picture, though this may not be taken to imply that Solomon was such a man.  He wasn’t.  On the contrary, there is every reason to accept the fact that he was a believer.


The Scofield Bible declares that, “The mood of the book is generally one of sadness: ‘labor’ occurs 23 times; ‘evil,’ 22 times; ‘vexation of spirit,’ 9 times; and such words as ‘oppression,’ ‘grief,’ and ‘mourning’ are prominent.’”  It could hardly be otherwise, for with God ignored, man’s eternal prospects are terrible to contemplate.  Having wasted the years of time occupied only with the things that pertain to earth, he must go out into an eternity of torment, first in hell, and then for ever in the terrible lake of fire, see Revelation 20:11-15.

[Ecclesiastes 1]


     Scripture portions taken from the Holy Bible, King James Version
© 2000-2005 James Melough