It doesn’t specifically say, but the book of Ecclesiastes is no doubt written by King Solomon. The difficulty with the book is how to interpret it. The thoughts seem to come from him during the time his heart turned from the Lord and also it seems to hint to a time when he turns back to Him. Solomon had more wisdom, money and power than anyone and he says it is all vanity (worthless) “under the sun.” He was right in a sense; the Lord Jesus said if we gain the whole world and lose our soul, what have we gained? The book seems to have his thoughts from when he lost his fear of God and he didn’t have a view on eternity, but he continues to look for answers to difficult questions. By the end of the book Solomon seams to show that he has had a change of heart and he says in chapter 12, verses 13-14, “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, For this is man's all. For God will bring every work into judgment, Including every secret thing, Whether good or evil.”
Read through the Bible with us in 2012! The reading plan can be downloaded below; we are reading in chronological order. Check back often to read the blog posts on the Bible readings and discuss things in the "comments" section.
2012 Bible Plan