Ecclesiastes 2:4

I made myself great works; I built houses; I planted vineyards:
All Commentaries on Ecclesiastes 2:4 Go To Ecclesiastes 2

Gregory of Nyssa

AD 394
Whether [Solomon] really did these things or made the story up for our benefit, so that the argument might reach its logical conclusion, I cannot say precisely. Nevertheless he does speak of things with which nobody who was aiming at virtue would willingly be associated. However, whether it is by benevolent design that he discusses things that had not happened as if they had, and condemns them as though he had experienced them, in order that we might turn away from desire for what is condemned before the experience, or whether he deliberately lowered himself to the enjoyment of such things, so as to train his senses rigorously by using alien things, it is for each to decide freely for himself, whichever conjecture he likes to pursue. If however anyone were to say that Solomon really was involved in the practical experience of pleasures, I would agree.
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Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation - 2 Peter 1:20

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