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Ecclesiastes 1:12

    Ecclesiastes 1:12 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    I the Preacher was king over Israel in Jerusalem.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    I the Preacher was king over Israel in Jerusalem.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    I the Preacher was king over Israel in Jerusalem.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    I, the Preacher, was king over Israel in Jerusalem.

    Webster's Revision

    I the Preacher was king over Israel in Jerusalem.

    World English Bible

    I, the Preacher, was king over Israel in Jerusalem.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    I the Preacher was king over Israel in Jerusalem.

    Clarke's Commentary on Ecclesiastes 1:12

    I the Preacher was king - This is a strange verse, and does not admit of an easy solution. It is literally, "I, Choheleth, have been king over Israel, in Jerusalem." This book, as we have already seen, has been conjectured by some to have been written about the time that Ptolemy Philadelphus formed his great library at Alexandria, about two hundred and eighty-five years before our Lard; and from the multitude of Jews that dwelt there, and resorted to that city for the sake of commerce, it was said there was an Israel in Alexandria. See the introduction.

    It has also been conjectured from this, that if the book were written by Solomon, it was intended to be a posthumous publication. "I that was king, still continue to preach and instruct you." Those who suppose the book to have been written after Solomon's fall, think that he speaks thus through humility. "I was once worthy of the name of king: but I fell into all evil; and, though recovered, I am no longer worthy of the name." I am afraid this is not solid.

    Barnes' Notes on Ecclesiastes 1:12

    Solomon relates his personal experience Ecclesiastes 2; the result of which was "no profit," and a conviction that all, even God's gifts of earthly good to good men, in this life are subject to vanity. His trial of God's first gift, wisdom, is recounted in Ecclesiastes 1:12-18.

    Was - This tense does not imply that Solomon had ceased to be king when the word was written. See the introduction to Ecclesiastes. He begins with the time of his accession to the throne, when the gifts of wisdom and riches were especially promised to him 1 Kings 3:12-13.