And to the question asked by Ecclesiastes
three thousand years ago, "That which is far off and exceeding deep, who can find it out?" two men alone of all now living have the right to give an answer
The truest of all men was the Man of Sorrows, and the truest of all books is Solomon's, and Ecclesiastes
is the fine hammered steel of woe.
The Bible itself was not much known to me at an age when most children have been obliged to read it several times over; the gospels were indeed familiar, and they have always been to me the supreme human story; but the rest of the New Testament I had not read when a man grown, and only passages of the Old Testament, like the story of the Creation, and the story of Joseph, and the poems of Job and Ecclesiastes
, with occasional Psalms.
I wondered what Wolf Larsen could get from it, and he read aloud to me from Ecclesiastes
. I could imagine he was speaking the thoughts of his own mind as he read to me, and his voice, reverberating deeply and mournfully in the confined cabin, charmed and held me.
This article surveyed three issues: the rabbinic understanding of the dispute as to whether Esther, Song of Songs and Ecclesiastes
defile the hands; how that issue is resolved in Jewish law; and a possible rationale for the unique status of these three books.
As the Holy Bible says, "No man has power over the wind to contain it; no one has power over the day of his death."(Ecclesiastes
8:8) But while this may be so, what we do here before that "unexpected" time has a great impact on or life hereafter.
Today being Sunday, we quote below Ecclesiastes
3 (New International Version) that President Duterte said he reads everyday:
On the other hand, the authors of Job and Ecclesiastes
present us with a big "Oh yeah?" As Addison Wright observes in his classic New Jerome Biblical Commentary article on Ecclesiastes
, "Qoheleth's quarrel is with any theology that ignores experience and thereby tends to become unreal.
(6.) Robert Gordis, Koheleth, the Man and His World: A Study of Ecclesiastes
(third ed.; New York: Schocken, 1968) p.
Duterte also mentioned anew his favorite book of Ecclesiastes
about of a time for everything, and urged the public to read and understand the Bible verses too.
 2 Ecclesiastes
3:16-4:16  17 Psalms 113:1-114:8
At the same rally, Duterte acknowledged there would come a time for him to "go down," citing passages from the Old Testament book of Ecclesiastes
. "I never tasted a defeat.