Call me "the Quester." I've been king over Israel in Jerusalem.
I looked most carefully into everything, searched out all that is done on this earth. And let me tell you, there's not much to write home about. God hasn't made it easy for us.
I've seen it all and it's nothing but smoke - smoke, and spitting into the wind.
Life's a corkscrew that can't be straightened, A minus that won't add up.
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved. (The Message Bible Online)