How to Read the Book of Ecclesiastes

The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem. Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher, vanity of vanities! All is vanity. What does man gain by all the toil at which he toils under the sun? (Ecclesiastes 1:1-3 ESV) As with any book, whether in the Bible or not, Ecclesiastes is most accurately understood when read in its context. Similar in some ways to the book of Job, Ecclesiastes, when read simply at face value without proper contextualization, leaves room for the reader to draw incorrect conclusions and develop… Read More