The Book of Ecclesiastes

Ecclesiastes, known in Hebrew as Kohelet (Preacher), is among the Writings (Ketuvim) section of the Hebrew Bible. It is traditionally attributed to King Solomon, an authorship questioned by most modern Bible scholars, who suggest that Ecclesiastes was written around 250 BC in Jerusalem.

Ecclesiastes stands between the Song of Solomon and Lamentations and with them belongs to the Megillot, five scrolls that are read at various festivals of the Jewish religious year. Ecclesiastes is read on the sabbath of the week of Sukkoth, the autumn Feast of Booths.


Laws in the Book of Ecclesiastes

Wisdom excelleth folly, as far as light excelleth darkness. – Ecclesiastes 2:13.

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; a time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; a time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; a A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace. – Ecclesiastes 3:1-8.

Whatsoever God doeth, it shall be for ever: nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it. – Ecclesiastes 3:14.

That which hath been is now; and that which is to be hath already been; and God requireth that which is past. – Ecclesiastes 3:14.

Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter any thing before God: for God is in heaven, and thou upon earth: therefore let thy words be few. – Ecclesiastes 5:2.

When thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay it; for he hath no pleasure in fools: pay that which thou hast vowed. Better is it that thou shouldest not vow, than that thou shouldest vow and not pay. – Ecclesiastes 5:4.

Wisdom is better than weapons of war: but one sinner destroyeth much good. – Ecclesiastes 9:18.

He that diggeth a pit shall fall into it. – Ecclesiastes 10:8.

Cast thy bread upon the waters: for thou shalt find it after many days. – Ecclesiastes 11:1.

Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them; while the sun, or the light, or the moon, or the stars, be not darkened, nor the clouds return after the rain: in the day when the keepers of the house shall tremble, and the strong men shall bow themselves, and the grinders cease because they are few, and those that look out of the windows be darkened, and the doors shall be shut in the streets, when the sound of the grinding is low, and he shall rise up at the voice of the bird, and all the daughters of musick shall be brought low; also when they shall be afraid of that which is high, and fears shall be in the way, and the almond tree shall flourish, and the grasshopper shall be a burden, and desire shall fail: because man goeth to his long home, and the mourners go about the streets: or ever the silver cord be loosed, or the golden bowl be broken, or the pitcher be broken at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the cistern. Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it. Vanity of vanities, saith the preacher; all is vanity. – Ecclesiastes 12:1-8.

[The silver cord binds soul to body; the golden bowl is the head, which holds the higher creative center, the seat of soul.]

The words of the wise are as goads, and as nails fastened by the masters of assemblies, which are given from one shepherd. – Ecclesiastes 12:11.

Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil. – Ecclesiastes 12:13-14.

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References

The Editors of Encyclopaedia Britannica. "Ecclesiastes,: The Holy Bible.Encyclopædia Britannica, July 20, 1998 [accessed April 8, 2018].

The Holy Bible. King James Version (KJV).

The Nag Hammadi Library. James M. Robinson, editor. San Francisco: Harper and Row, 1981.


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