Ecclesiastes 1:12

“I the Preacher was king over Israel in Jerusalem.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

I the Preacher was king ouer Israel in Ierusalem.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

I, the Preacher, have been king over Israel in Jerusalem.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

I the Preacher was king over Israel in Jerusalem.
- American Standard Version (1901)

I, the Preacher, was king over Israel in Jerusalem.
- Basic English Bible

I, the Preacher, was king over Israel in Jerusalem.
- Darby Bible

I the preacher was king over Israel in Jerusalem.
- Webster's Bible

I, the Preacher, was king over Israel in Jerusalem.
- World English Bible

I, a preacher, have been king over Israel in Jerusalem.
- Youngs Literal Bible

I Koheleth have been king over Israel in Jerusalem.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Ecclesiastes 1:12

1:12 I was king - Having asserted the vanity of all things in the general, he now comes to prove his assertion in those particulars wherein men commonly seek, and with greatest probability expect to find, true happiness. He begins with secular wisdom. And to shew how competent a judge he was of this matter, he lays down this character, That he was the preacher, which implies eminent knowledge; and a king, who therefore had all imaginable opportunities and advantages for the attainment of happiness, and particularly for the getting of wisdom, by consulting all sorts of books and men, by trying all manner of experiments; and no ordinary king, but king over Israel, God's own people, a wise and an happy people, whose king he was by God's special appointment and furnished by God, with singular wisdom for that great trust; and whose abode was in Jerusalem where were the house of God and the most wise and learned of the priests attending upon it, and the seats of justice, and colleges or assemblies of the wisest men of their nation. All these concurring in him, which rarely do in any other men, make the argument drawn from his experience more convincing.

Discussion for Ecclesiastes 1

  • Geraldine cole
    This means there is nothing new under the sun everything that is sun under the sun which mean on the earth everything has happen before and God gave the knowledge for it all
  • Christian o.
    yes , thisbook is filled with wisdom. my advice to all is that : they should live in wisdom like solomon
  • Linda Johnson for verse 10
    I'm not really sure, it looks like it is saying history repeats itself, however,. one must read with the mind of Christ in the spirit of the living God...
  • Jonah Christian. for verse 9
    History repeat itself. The world is an algorithm which can only be changed by our actions or decision we make or made. The writer is simply telling us everything under the sun has an origin.Anything new originated from existing object or substance
  • Emmanuel Baah Adutwum for verse 9
    There is no new thing under the sun. What has happened or occuring in your life has occured before. What we are seeing today was there already. eg. Artificial insemination. Joseph did not sleep with marry but marry got pregnant. eg2. elevator: Jacob saw angels running to and fro in his dreams. Women crying for children. Hannah did the same thing. Sickness or what a few can be mentioned. Post your problem or something u think is new under the sun let me prove you wrong from the bible
  • Jay
    So good and true,enjoyed reading all this , and the comments, Thank you Lord Jesus.

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