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About Proverbs & Ecclesiastes

Proverbs

The Book of Proverbs contains wise sayings mainly ascribed to King Solomon, considered the most intelligent king of ancient Israel. However, he’s not the only person who has contributed knowledge to this book. King Lemuel added his insights in Chapter 31, and a mysterious figure called “Agur” also appended wisdom and knowledge in Chapter 30. Most chapters compare understanding to a beautiful woman, using detailed metaphors and similes to show its significance and the beauty it brings into one’s life. Proverbs also treats wisdom and knowledge as more important than wealth and fame.

Ecclesiastes

The Book of Ecclesiastes was written by King David of ancient Israel (the same David infamous for defeating the gigantic figure called Goliath) in his old age, most likely well beyond his time as ruler.

Unlike Proverbs, Ecclesiastes takes on a more somber tone. The author curses his old age and calls out all the vanities he’s witnessed throughout his lifetime and the foolish behavior he participated in. David utters the phrase “vanity of vanities: all things are vanities” all throughout the book, concluding there’s only one thing that matters more than anything–even the chasing of wisdom.