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

  • Ibby
    Solomon pleased God he asked for wisdom and God blessed him.However with all the wisdom he took himself strange wives and he forsook God, King Ahab had a strange wife Jezebel look at the outcome, after King Solomon​ looked back his life even with all the wisdom and riches it all came down to vanity.
  • Terry neil owens
    I think God is telling us he gives the knowledge we are searching for but they are also more sorrows that you share as you are searching.this world has its share of sorrows. Has you share witnessing with those Laden with burdens. Around you also what is now is probally a ready been. God knew it then God knows it now and He will know it tomorrow. He is the before. The now and forever Amen

  • Emelia
    What I can say is that in everything we are doing in this wold must to be done in the will of God .
  • Irene123
    1 Kgs.3:9 - Solomon asked for understanding (wisdom) in judging ALL the people, all by himself, no appointing others, as Moses did, in helping with this. Solomon was rather self-centered, but God could, and did use him, but Solomon's end was - bad. He totally left the Lord.
  • Irene123
    To Michael C. on Eccl. - God will grant you what you want; no matter if it's for His glory or your own. Solomon did not follow after the Lord as David his father did: you need to read the WHOLE chap. of 1 KGS. 11. God granted Solomon wisdom, but God KNEW why he asked for wisdom instead of a heart to follow after God. Had he asked for such a heart - God would have granted it, and wisdom.
  • Michael C.
    The Book of the Preacher, or, The Summoner; is exactly that! The Spirit searches the deep things of God, and convicts men of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment. Solomon's desire, from the day he took the throne, was to worthily follow in the steps of his father, "A man after the LORD's own heart, who would fulfill all His will." His desire was to feed Israel with knowledge and wisdom from God.

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