(I have been strongly drawn to read this book of the Bible lately. It’s long been one of my favorites, there is so much to glean from it. I just wanted to share some of the thoughts that really stood out to me on my most recent reading of it. These are all from the NASB version.)

  • Because in much wisdom there is much grief, and increasing knowledge results in increasing pain.
  • I said to myself concerning the sons of men, “God has surely tested them in order for them to see that they are but beasts.”
  • Do not be hasty in word or impulsive in thought to bring up a matter in the presence of God. For God is in heaven and you are on earth; therefore let your words be few.
  • If you see oppression of the poor and denial of justice and righteousness in the province, do not be shocked at the sight; for one official watches over another official. and there are higher officials over them.
  • All a man’s labor is for his mouth yet the appetite is not satisfied.
  • Do not say, “why is it that the former days were better than these?” For it is not from wisdom that you ask about this.
  • For wisdom is protection just as money is protection, but the advantage of knowledge is that wisdom preserves the lives of its possessors.
  • Behold, I have found only this, that God made men upright, but they have sought out many devices.
  • No man has the authority to restrain the wind with the wind, or authority over the day of death; and there is no discharge in the time of war, and evil will not deliver those who practice it.
  • Furthermore, the hearts of the sons of men are full of evil and insanity is in their hearts throughout their lives.
  • Wisdom is better than weapons of war, but one sinner destroys much good.
  • Dead flies make a perfumer’s oil stink, so a little foolishness is weightier than wisdom and honor.
  • Divide your portion to seven, or even to eight, for you do not know what misfortune may occur on the earth.
  • He who watches the wind will not sow and he who looks at the clouds will not reap.
  • Sow your seed in the morning and do not be idle in the evening, for you do not know whether morning or evening sowing will succeed, or whether both of them alike will be good.
  • The conclusion, when all has been heard, is: fear God and keep His commandments, because this applies to every person.