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

  • Claude perea
    Jesus our Lord is all knowing all wise and all power yet most people in this life don't care to know him This I Would Say Is TRULY vanity
  • A disciple
    Pauson; this is something that many of us were taught, by those who didn't know themselves! The fact is, that Solomon had asked the LORD for this wisdom to be able to feed the people with knowledge and understanding. "The Preacher;" which is most accurately interpreted, "The Summoner, (one who calls to assembly);" was written for awakening men out of the vanities of this life, to bring them to God
  • Pauson
    Solomon could not understand his purpise of living. He served his interests rather than thinking about his legacy. All is vanity without christ.
  • Chris Powell
    All that we seek and have is vanity, listen to what the Lord is saying. We can own everything in this world but will never be satisfied.
  • A disciple
    Billy B. Yes, I think those are good points. Something more you may find interesting; when we think of Ecclesiastes as God's Spirit in Solomon preaching to His people Israel, and summoning them to the great Assembly of the Saved; of all the distractions, cares and pleasures of this life; of all the vanity and vexation of spirit; how do we consider, "What will a man give in exchange for his soul?"
  • Billy b
    So what I get out of it is that no matter how great or how strong and big Jesus makes us where only made in his image we are not perfect the point is not to focus on the bad but to show God loves us all and came for sinners

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