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My Favorite Verse  

Of all the 66 books that make up the Bible, my favorite by far is
The Book of Ecclesiastes.

In seminary I always felt a little shy about claiming that this was my favorite book of the Bible.  It certainly wasn't everyone's  favorite.  All the way through seminary the book was barely mentioned.  It was almost as though they were hiding it. 
 

Years later, however, I felt vindicated when I read what Tom Wolfe, the writer, had to say about it:

Tom Wolfe: “For of all I have ever seen or learned, this book seems to me the noblest, the wisest, and the most powerful expression of man’s life upon this earth – and also the highest flower of poetry, eloquence, and truth. I am not given to dogmatic judgments in the matter of literary creation, but if I had to make one I could say that Ecclesiastes is the greatest single piece of writing I have ever known, and the wisdom expressed in it the most lasting and profound.”

Again:
"Ecclesiastes is the greatest single piece of writing I have ever known,
and the wisdom expressed in it the most lasting and profound.”
Wow!!

Are these words sinking in?  That's the most powerful endorsement I have ever heard or read for anything!!  So, if you can't take my word for it, take Tom's.

If you don't have your Bible there with you,
Despair not!
I posted the entire book on line for you!!!
Whenever you'd like to read it, just click "Read" below.
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One of my biggest problems when trying to read anything in the Hebrew Scriptures is knowing which of the Hebrew gods is being talked about.  Whichever one is being talked about gets translated into English with the English word "God."

If I happen to know somehow that it's talking about Yahweh, I get very nervous.

Fear not, the only god talked about in Ecclesiastes is the Hebrew god Ha Elohim
I like to read about Ha Elohim!

Note: Scholars generally agree that the original document ended at 12:8.  I was going to end the posted version there, but I decided to leave everything as it appears in the King James version.

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Now, my favorite verse in the whole Bible is found right here in my favorite book.  I keep coming back and back and back to this verse. It's found in Chapter One: Verse 18.

"For in much wisdom is much grief: and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow."
 

I would like to believe exactly the opposite,
but I have lived long enough to know how very true this is!

[Another all-time favorite of mine is found at the end of Micah 6:8.  This verse reminds me that sometimes we are a little bit too hard on ourselves.]
 

"and what doth the LORD require of thee, but
to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God? "