The Preacher sought to find delightful words and to write words of truth correctly.
The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel:
“Listen, for I will speak noble things;
And the opening of my lips will reveal right things.
A man has joy in an apt answer,
And how delightful is a timely word!
Evil plans are an abomination to the Lord,
But pleasant words are pure.
The wise in heart will be called understanding,
And sweetness of speech increases persuasiveness.
Incline your ear and hear the words of the wise,
And apply your mind to my knowledge;
Like apples of gold in settings of silver
Is a word spoken in right circumstances.
The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem.
I, the Preacher, have been king over Israel in Jerusalem.
Inasmuch as many have undertaken to compile an account of the things accomplished among us,
Truly, truly, I say to you, we speak of what we know and testify of what we have seen, and you do not accept our testimony.
because of the hope laid up for you in heaven, of which you previously heard in the word of truth, the gospel
It is a trustworthy statement, deserving full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, among whom I am foremost of all.