The Beauty Of Ecclesiastes

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For those of you who think the Bible is dull, think again! The Bible is full of beauty and artistry as well as teachings, wisdom, and truth. I just read the book of Ecclesiastes and was awed by what I read. Such deep, provoking, transparent musings. Such blunt passiveness and then anguished despair. And then final resolution as the writer comes to the meaning of life after going through each of its seemingly meaningless physical attributes.

The following is a portion from the first chapter of Ecclesiastes (Ecclesiastes 1:3-11. Yes, it is long. But well worth reading.) that especially provoked thought in me. This passage ends on a somewhat depressed note, but it encourages you to seek out the conclusion. I hope you will also read further in this portion of the Scriptures and through the rest of God’s Word and discover the beauty of God’s love and plan for you.

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What do people gain from all their labors

at which they toil under the sun?

Generations come and generations go,

but the earth remains forever.

The sun rises and the sun sets,

and hurries back to where it rises.

The wind blows to the south

and turns to the north; round and round it goes,

ever returning on its course.

All streams flow into the sea,

yet the sea is never full.

To the place the streams come from,

there they return again.

All things are wearisome,

more than one can say.

The eye never has enough of seeing,

nor the ear its fill of hearing.

What has been will be again,

what has been done will be done again;

there is nothing new under the sun.

Is there anything of which one can say,

“Look! This is something new”?

It was here already, long ago;

it was here before our time.

No one remembers the former generations,

and even those yet to come will not be remembered

by those who follow them.

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8 thoughts on “The Beauty Of Ecclesiastes

  1. Ayasonice says:

    Thumbs up for sharing this with us. I’m deeply touched. Eccl is one of my favourites too 🙂

  2. hannah says:

    I live by this passage! So the phrase goes, “All in God’s time.” Im a very impatient person and from time to time, I need to check myself. That verse has helped me get a hold of myself many times than I care to count.

  3. Bethany says:

    It’s a wonderful portion of Scripture, isn’t it? And you sound like me! Patience, patience, I have to keep reminding myself. I have that phrase written on my palm many a day to keep my perspective where it needs to be. : ) Thank you for your thoughtful input and for the follow!

  4. Again, you share some great wisdom with your readers….this time of the eternal flavor 🙂

  5. Kim says:

    Nice post Bethany….and yes, the Bible is anything but dull. I love the book of Ecclesiastes because its wisdom helps keep me grounded about life in general. My favorite verse is 3:1……Oh how I thank God that to everything there is a season so when the bad times come I know they too shall pass and when the good times come, I can make sure to enjoy them to the max (smile0

    • Bethany says:

      Thank you, Kim! I definitely agree with you there. Knowing always that our Father is in control of our lives and the seasons in which they come is so comforting. : )

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