2023 Issues

In the Beginning

The Book of Ecclesiastes The book of Ecclesiastes is part of a collection generally identified as Wisdom Literature. It focuses on practical aspects of living through the perplexities of life. Although not specifically named, other than The Preacher (Qohelet in Hebrew), Solomon is recognized as the author. 1 Kings 11:1‑10 indicates that as he aged, he allowed the worship of other gods. This led to a rather cynical view of life. It is probable, however, that he returned to the worship of []

The Words of Qohelet

Life is Best Lived Pursuing Jehovah “One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh; but the earth abideth forever” (Ecclesiastes 1:4). — Len Griehs Written late in life after the author had indulged in a prolonged period of sensuous pleasures, the book of Ecclesiastes concludes that life is best lived pursuing Jehovah and His righteousness. The author shares his observation at the very beginning: “Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher; vanity of vanity, all is vanity” (verse 2). “Vanity” in the AV, []

A Life of Experiences

A Heart to Seek Wisdom “I, the Preacher, was king over Israel in Jerusalem. And I gave my heart to seek and search out wisdom concerning all things that are done under heaven: this sore travail hath God given to the sons of man to be exercised therewith” (Ecclesiastes 1:12-13). — David Wiant Few in history can claim the gift of wisdom from Jehovah. Solomon was one of them. When he became king of Israel, he knew that he would fail without []

Observations About Life

A Time for Every Purpose “For every thing there is a season, and a time for every purpose [or matter] under heaven” (Ecclesiastes 3:1. Scriptures from RVIC unless otherwise noted). — Keith Belheumer King Solomon was one of the most celebrated kings in Jewish history. Being one of David’s sons (2 Samuel 5:14), he was called Jedidiah by Jehovah through the prophet Nathan. The name means “beloved of Jehovah.” However, his mother Bath-sheba named him Solomon (2 Samuel 12:24-25). Solomon reigned for []