Bible Review: The Book of Ecclesiastes

There’s nothing new under the sun—time, love, good, evil. All is vanity.

On the surface, this is one of the more confusing books of the Bible. It seems to contradict much of the other teachings, including ones from the previous book by supposedly the same author, Solomon. But Ecclesiastes was not written with a surface read in mind.


This book explores much more than riddles and cliché sayings today. It tackles tough topics about life and death and grief and the futility of man’s worthless existence. But when you reach the end of the book, you are rewarded with the ultimate answer in life.


This is not a book I can read and say, cool. On to the next task. No. This book demands your full attention, demands you mine its depth for true understanding of life. On this read through, verses stuck out to me I’d only skimmed over before.


A good name is better than precious ointment,

And the day of death than the day of one’s birth;

Better to go to the house of mourning

Than to go to the house of feasting,

For that is the end of all men;

And the living will take it to heart.                           

Sorrow is better than laughter,

For by a sad countenance the heart is made better.        

The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning,

But the heart of fools is in the house of mirth. 7:1-4


These verses stabbed my still grieving heart. It infused it with a level of understanding my mind is trying to comprehend. But it’s there still.

I want to go through this book again, slowly, slowly, and absorb the message there. It’s more than meets the mind at first. And the final verse says it all, but I won’t give it away here. You have to read the whole book first before fully appreciating the last words.

It’s only twelve short chapters. If you read them now, let me know what you think about this book. Share in the comments.

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2 thoughts on “Bible Review: The Book of Ecclesiastes

  • I just discovered “Bible Review: The Book of Ecclesiastes” today.

    I am a 72-year-old retired pastor. I was ordained in June, 1970. My father died the next day. I think the excitement of the occasion was too much for him.

    I could have been so devastated by Dad’s death that my ministry could have been rendered fruitless. But by the grace of God,I wasn’t devastated, thanks to the pastor of my home church. He suggested that I lead the worship at Dad’s funeral but that I allow him to preach the sermon so that I could sit back and relax at preaching time.

    Pastor Ed chose as his text the verses from Ecclesiastes 3 about “a time to be born and a time to die”, . . .etc . As Ed was reading the text, I was hearing in my mind the lovely voice of Judy Collins singing those words in “Turn, Turn, Turn.” And the spiritual healing process began for me at that moment.

    After reading the text, Ed spoke briefly about how my devastation at the death of my father could be transformed through faith so that my ministry could be enhanced rather than diminished by what the Lord had allowed to happen. And Ed made his message more personal for me after the service when he told me that his own mother had died within a week after his ordination.

    It was several years later that someone pointed out to me that “Turn, Turn, Turn” never gets as far as verse 11 with its wonderful promise that God will make everything beautiful in its time. But Pastor Ed included that verse and I have never forgotten it.

    Thank you and bless you. (BTW, I have Huron/Wyandot ancestry as well as English and Irish.).


    • Roger, I so appreciate you sharing your story and your heart. There are times I feel the grief process is only beginning, yet great healing has already taken place.

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