Which Man Under the Sun?

I’ve just read Wit and Wisdom from Poor Richard’s Almanac, a compilation of Benjamin Franklin’s sayings, edited by comedian Steve Martin. Franklin is revered as one of America’s premier sages and humorists.

For me though, a little of Ben Franklin goes a long way. Yes, he has wisdom to share regarding the value of industriousness and frugality. And sometimes he quotes the Scriptures.

But as I read, the thought occurred to me that he’s no King Solomon. You’ll recall Solomon wrote most of the book of Proverbs and the book of Ecclesiastes.

Ecclesiastes is taken to task by many Bible teachers who say it reflects “Man under the sun,” and not God’s true view. I disagree and think such teachers to be misguided. I’ll put my lot in with Solomon any day.

Why?

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.
– 2 Timothy 3:16-17

We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:
Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.
For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.
– 2 Peter 1:19-21

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