“Of making many books there is no end…” Ecclesiastes 12:12
Ecclesiastes reminds us, with its unique message, that the Bible is a library of books containing many voices. The author of this book, whoever he was, offers one voice among many. If we take this voice as an example of absolute truth then it certainly contradicts other voices within the Bible with its level of pessimism. However, if we regard it as just one voice, then, if we are wise, we will also understand that this book contains a voice we need to hear from time to time.
C. S. Lewis says about this book:
Nor would I (now) willingly spare from my Bible something in itself so anti-religious as the nihilism of Ecclesiastes. We get there a clear, cold picture of man’s life without God. That statement is itself part of God’s word. We need to have heard it. Even to have assimilated Ecclesiastes and no other book in the Bible would be to have advanced further towards truth than some men do. (Reflections on the Psalms)