Words of Delight

Ecclesiastes 12:10
The Preacher sought to find words of delight, and uprightly he wrote words of truth.

Solomon (so we presume the author of Ecclesiastes to be) here claims that in his writing of wisdom, he has also sought to find “words of delight” with which to express it. Ecclesiastes is, in fact, a marvelously worded piece of literature. Of course, generally, I find the entirety of scripture is a beautiful piece of literature, largely disregarded for its beauty because it is merely regarded as a theological writing. Yet the Bible is also the greatest piece of literature in history (we shall credit its Author for that). To disregard it as literature is to deprive it of yet more glory.

Personally, I have come to the conclusion that wherever God leads me in ministry, somehow the study of the Bible as literature is not going to be too far separated. I guess my B.A. in English puts me at a certain disposition for this, but I find it inescapable. Reading several works by Leland Ryken have whetted my appetite for appreciating the Bible as the work of art that it truly is permanently.