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The book of Ecclesiastes (Hebrew: Kohelet, Qoheleth), attributed to Solomon. Not to be confused with the apocryphal book of Ecclesiasticus (also known as the Wisdom of Jesus ben Sirach).

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What is the meaning of “grasshopper loses its spring”?

Ecclesiastes 12:5 (BSB) when men fear the heights and dangers of the road, when the almond tree blossoms, the grasshopper loses its spring, and the caper berry shrivels—for then man goes to his ...
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The dead forget OR the dead will be forgotten? Ecclesiastes 9:5

Ecclesiastes 9:5 has been used to suggest that the dead have no memory or the suggest that the dead are forgotten by others, and a variety of interpretations in between. A sampling of translations ...
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Ecclesiastes 12:7 implications for animals?

Where Ecclesiastes 12:7 says that when a human being dies with God, his soul returns to God, and the physical body returns to dust--does this also happen with animals? Then shall the dust return to ...
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How should we interpret Ecclesiastes 9:5 in the case of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob?

Ecclesiastes 9:5 (NASB): 5 For the living know that they will die; but the dead do not know anything, nor do they have a reward any longer, for their memory is forgotten. Mark 12:26-27 (NASB): 26 ...
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Solomon's view on “excessive righteousness”

Ecclesiastes 7:15-18 15 All things have I seen in the days of my vanity: there is a just man that perisheth in his righteousness, and there is a wicked man that prolongeth his life in his wickedness. ...
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Ecclesiastes - Could Solomon have repented and been forgiven for his sinful life

In the book of Ecclesiastes Solomon looks back over his wasted years and finds no joy in them, only futility, vanity, and “a chasing after the wind” (Ecclesiastes 1:14). He concludes that everything ...
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Were the words changed to preserve alliteration in Ecclesiastes 12:6-7?

Ecclesiastes 12:6-7 NIV reads: Remember him—before the silver cord is severed, and the golden bowl is broken; before the pitcher is shattered at the spring, and the wheel broken at the well, Each ...
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Did Solomon apply Ecclesiastes 7:26 to himself?

Ecclesiastes 7:26 I find more bitter than death the woman who is a snare, whose heart is a trap and whose hands are chains. The man who pleases God will escape her, but the sinner she will ensnare. ...
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The fool folds his hands and eats his own flesh. How?

Ecclesiastes 4:5 The fool folds his hands and eats his own flesh. What does this mean?
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Did the story mentioned in Ecclesiastes 9:13 really happen?

Ecclesiastes 9:13 I also saw under the sun this example of wisdom that greatly impressed me: 14There was once a small city with only a few people in it. And a powerful king came against it, surrounded ...
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Does Ecclesiastes 4:3 refer to the unborn?

New International Version Ecclesiastes 4:3 But better than both is the one who has never been born, who has not seen the evil that is done under the sun. Why would his lots be better off? ...
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Who are the ones who “ruled Jerusalem before me” in Ecclesiastes 1:16?

Ecclesiastes 1:16 (GNT): I told myself, "I have become a great man, far wiser than anyone who ruled Jerusalem before me. I know what wisdom and knowledge really are." The author presents ...
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How to interpret: not one upright woman? [duplicate]

Ecclesiastes 7:28 while I was still searching but not finding-- I found one upright man among a thousand, but not one upright woman among them all. Solomon was a sexist.
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Is the translation 'the earth abideth for ever' accurate (Ecclesiastes 1:4)?

Ecclesiastes 1:4 : One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh: but the earth abideth for ever. [KJV] A generation is going, and a generation is coming, and the earth to the age is ...
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Meaningless vs eternity in Ecclesiastes, are they opposites?

Ecclesiastes 1:2 "Meaningless! Meaningless!" says the Teacher. "Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless." Ecclesiastes 3:11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He ...
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How narratology used in biblical hermeneutics

I am doing research on methodology in the hermeneutics of Ecclesiastes. Is narratology is a good method? Garbo.
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Ecclesiastes 12:9-11, could we discern some aspects of the personality of Jesus from these verses?

Ecclesiastes 12:9-11, (DRB): 9And whereas Ecclesiastes was very wise, he taught the people, and declared the things that he had done: and seeking out, he set forth many parables. 10He sought ...
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Who is the second child in Ecclesiastes 4:15?

YLT - 4:13 Better is a poor and wise youth than an old and foolish king, who hath not known to be warned any more. YLT - 4:14 For from a house of prisoners he hath come out to reign, for even in his ...
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What does “vanity” mean in “the creature was made subject to vanity” in Romans 8:20?

I suggest: "Vanity" describes either Adam's sin [ the first recorded sin] or God's reaction to that sin, the curse of Gen 3. The A.V. always translates "mataiotei" as "vanity". It comes in three ...
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Is John 3:8 an allusion to Ecclesiastes 11:5?

In John 3:8 Jesus is talking to the Pharisee and senior Jewish figure Nicodemus. "The wind bloweth where it listesth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and ...
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Is the ESV reading of Ecclesiastes 11:5 faithful to the Hebrew?

The ESV is unlike the other translations in that it seems see "way of the spirit" as a fetal development matter which the author is using as how inscrutable are God's ways. In other translations "way ...
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Can we assume scripture/history will repeat itself due to Ecclesiastes 1:9?

I'm intrigued by this verse in Ecclesiastes: 9 What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun. Ecclesiastes 1:9 NIV However, in ...
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Why do the King James and some other versions translate וְשַׁ֣בְתִּֽי as “And I returned”? (Ecclesiastes 4:1)

King James and some other versions translated וְשַׁ֣בְתִּֽי as "And I returned" whereas many other versions translated it differently. I further observed all the oppression that goes on ...
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Did Solomon write Ecclesiastes?

In addition to Proverbs there are other canonical texts that non-scholars tend to attribute to Solomon of more dubious origin. What evidence is there that Ecclesiastes alleges to have been written by ...
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What is the significance of the structure of Ecclesiastes 3:2-8?

Ecclesiastes 3:2-8 lists 28 events grouped in contrasting pairs which are connected by the phrase עֵ֥ת...וְעֵ֣ת. Each couplet is made up of one event which can considered as positive and another which ...
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Why “A time to be born” (Ecclesiastes 3:2)

Why is the Hebrew עת ללדת translation as "A time to be born" generally accepted as the correct translation? It clearly means "A time to give birth" and I have seen that translation in a number of ...
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In Ecclessiastes 6:12 why is Solomon unsure about where man goes after death?

For example, Solomon keeps saying things like: For who knows what is good for a person in life, during the few and meaningless days they pass through like a shadow? Who can tell them what will ...
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Ecclesiastes 12.6: What is the 'silver cord'?

Ecclesiastes is not a book I've read very much. I know the broad outline of the book, and its concluding thesis ('Fear God and keep his commandments'), but not much of the specifics. I came to ...
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Ecclesiastes 3:11 - “…so that nobody can understand it”

In the New International Version, Ecclesiastes 3:11 reads: He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from ...
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Sleeping in the grave until Christ's second coming?

Deuteronomy 31:16 (KJV) 16 And the Lord said unto Moses, Behold, thou shalt sleep with thy fathers; and this people will rise up, and go a whoring after the gods of the strangers of the land, ...
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Why does Ecclesiastes ask the reader to annoint our head with oil and wear white clothing?

Always be clothed in white and always annoint your head with oil - Ecclesiastes 9:8 What is the significance of these in the time of King Solomon?
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How do we explain the doctrinal incompatibility between Ecc 9:5 and Rev 6:9,10? [duplicate]

Ecc 9:5 "the dead know nothing; they have no further reward" Rev 6:9,10 When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God ...
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Is there a contradiction between Ecclesiastes 9:5 & Luke 16:19-31?

Ecclesiastes 9:5 (KJV) 5 For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten. Luke 16:19-31 (KJV) ...
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Eternal oblivion or Afterlife [closed]

The Christian Bible is based on the concept of hell and heaven yet it contradicts itself by revealing eternal oblivion instead of afterlife: Ecclesiastes 9:5-10 5: For the living know that they will ...
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What does everything being vanity mean in Ecclesiastes 1?

Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity. — Ecclesiasites 1:2, KJV 2000 What is its literal meaning, in context?
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Does the author in Ecclesiastes 4:3 consider all people in the world better-off-dead, or just some?

The author of Ecclesiastes seems to think that in the given context of his view that people are better off unborn or dead. Is he identifying certain types of people or is his context including ...
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What did God put into the human heart according to the Hebrew text of Ecclesiastes 3:11?

The Masoretic Text of Ecclesiastes [= Qohelet/Kohelet] 3:11bα reads this way: גַּ֤ם אֶת־הָעֹלָם֙ נָתַ֣ן בְּלִבָּ֔ם gam ʾet-hāʿōlām nātan bəlibbāmᵃ Also he has put העלם in their heart ᵃ ...
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What did God put into the heart of man according to the LXX in Ecclesiastes 3:11?

I can tell that from the Hebrew various English translations understand something different has been put into the heart of man. What I am interested in then is does the LXX support one of the English ...
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What point is the author driving home by listing so many opposing activities that seem to have their own seasons? (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8)

I am not interested so much in what each verse means but what they all mean in common. In other words after Solomon has declared the vanity of all activities, the seemingly few benefits wisdom brings ...
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Under what context are we to understand 'eating, drinking and enjoying work' as the 'best' a person can do? (Ecclesiastes 2:24)

Usually when most people consider what is the best a person can do it involves sacrificing oneself in love to God or man however within some certain context it seems the best one can do is something ...
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What does the author of Ecclesiastes Chapter 2 mean that 'his heart was still guided with wisdom' as he went about doing foolish things?

The author of Ecclesiastes (I assume is Solomon) seems to be trying to find out what makes mankind happy and he conducts an unusual and determined experiment in Chapter 2, that of seeking wine, women ...
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Is the 'knowledge that increases sorrow' any kind of knowledge or directed to a focus of some subject in Ecclesiastes 1:17?

In Ecclesiastes 1:16-18 the author (personally I assume King Solomon), says: I said in my heart, “I have acquired great wisdom, surpassing all who were over Jerusalem before me, and my heart has ...
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What are the crooked things that can't be made straight? (Ecclesiastes 1:15)

After stating that there is nothing really new in this meaningless existence in this world, the teacher says: What is crooked cannot be made straight, and what is lacking cannot be counted. (...
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How is there 'nothing new' in this life? (Ecclesiastes 1:10)

How would the author of Ecclesiastes originally reconciled his statement that 'there is nothing new' with technological advancements at his time or even the new teaching he was providing? What has ...
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Does the book of Ecclesiastes portray Qohelet as the author?

My understanding is that the ‘traditional’ view holds Solomon to be the author of the book who frames his own monologue by referring to himself in the third person in the prologue (1:1–11) and ...
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Do linguistic features of Ecclesiastes rule out Solomon as the author?

Franz Delitzsch is famously quoted as saying: If the book of Koheleth were of old Solomonic origin, then there is no history of the Hebrew Language. His argument seems to be that the Hebrew is ...
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In Ecclesiastes 7:28 why are there no upright women?

28which my soul has sought repeatedly, but I have not found. One man among a thousand I found, but a woman among all these I have not found. ESV My question drawn from Ecclesiastes 7:28 is a simple ...
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How did Ecclesiastes come to be associated with Sukkot?

The five scrolls are noted for their liturgical use, being traditionally read on various holidays. Some of the connections seem rather straight forward (e.g. Esther on Purim or Lamentations on the ...
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Did the Preacher apply his heart or his mind to the task?

Ecclesiates 1:13 I applied my mind to study and to explore by wisdom all that is done under the heavens. What a heavy burden God has laid on mankind! [NIV] Ecclesiates 1:13 And I gave my heart to seek ...
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What is the gender of the verb “to say” in Ecclesiastes 7:27?

In Ecclesiastes 7:27, there is a brief phrase, "says Qohelet" (ʾāmĕrâ qōhelet). In the rest of the book, it seems like masculine verbs are used with Qohelet, despite Qohelet itself having a feminine ...