The Books of Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon and Isaiah- My verse-by-verse criticism and personal commentary.

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i.4: Claims that the earth will never be destroyed. (see note to Deut.iv.40)

ii.26: This verse was probably added later on to soften the overly pessimistic and cynical tone.

iii.20: No heaven, hell, or resurrection.

iv.3: Living is a curse.

xii.9-14: This epilogue, written in the third person, was perhaps the result of two hands trying to soften the tone of the book.


ii.12: The voice of the turtle is a reference to a migratory dove that reaches Jerusalem in the Spring.

iv.5: Imagine hearing the vicar at the pulpit reading from the Good Book how Your two breasts are like two fawns ....

v.4: In a book full of erotic prose, can anything be more exciting to read than this line: My lover put his hand by the hole of the door, and my bowels were moved for him?

vii.1-2: or also the joints of your thighs are like jewels ....?

vii.7-9: "Or go on further to how You are stately as a palm tree, and your breasts are like its clusters. I say I will climb the palm tree and lay hold of its branches. Oh may your breasts be like clusters of the vine ....

viii.10: The author (presumably a woman) states that her breasts are like towers. Unfortunately, this isn't considered a suitable subject to show in illustrated versions of the Bible.


This book was not written by Isaiah at all but is rather a collection of oracles extending over several centuries.

i.15: By warning of God ignoring the pleas of the repentant, this verse contradicts what Jesus would later claim.

ii.4: This verse plagiarises Mic.iv.3.

iii.17: After a great deal of deliberation, God will decide to smite with a scab the crown of the head of the daughters of Zion,