Daily Bible Reading for October 23, 2014, with Commentary: Ecclesiastes 1-2
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Author: Solomon (debated)
Date: Near the end of the reign of Solomon (later if not written by Solomon)
Context: Be careful not to become depressed while reading this book! Ecclesiastes is a different book from any other book in the Bible. Solomon, with all of the wisdom given to him by the Lord, records his life away from the Lord. A life without God, is a life without completeness and peace. It is extremely important in this book to remember the context surrounding the writing. After the introduction (1-2), Solomon contemplates time and the world (3-11), wisdom (12-18), wealth (2:1-11), wisdom again (12-17), and wealth again (18-26).