A Specific Application of the Proverb in Ecclesiastes 1:15

Bernon Lee


The article seeks to apply the interpretative content of
Ecclesiastes 1:15 within a specific situation. The quest to do so uncovers a
surrounding literary structure (1:13–18) that describes two parallel tasks. With
specific reference to one of the tasks (1:16–17 + 18) and its thematic expansion
in 2:12–17, the article understands the proverb of 1:15 to describe a crooked
world which is without any permanent reward for the wise. The article also
proposes that the proverb depicts the strong presence of a subjective idealism
in the evaluation of the world’s events.

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