18 For with much wisdom comes much sorrow;(U)    the more knowledge, the more grief.(V). (B) Vanity … All rights reserved worldwide. 13 And I gave my heart to seek and search out by wisdom concerning all things that are done under heaven: this sore travail hath God given to the sons of man to be exercised therewith. * c. 4 One generation departs and another generation comes, but the world forever stays. VANITY OF VANITIES, ALL IS VANITY. The name of this book signifies "The Preacher." (9-11) The vexation in pursuit of knowledge. 1 The words of David’s son, Qoheleth, king in Jerusalem: * a. 16 I communed with mine own heart, saying, Lo, I am come to great estate, and have gotten more wisdom than all they that have been before me in Jerusalem: yea, my heart had great experience of wisdom and knowledge. Chapter 1. 8 All things are full of labour; man cannot utter it: the eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing. This is the text of the preacher's sermon, of which in this book he never loses sight. 1:2 Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all [is] vanity. Meaningless!”. (M) 13 I applied my mind to study and to explore by wisdom all that is done under the heavens. 5 The sun rises and the sun sets, and hurries back to where it rises. (O) 14 I have seen all the things that are done under the sun; all of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind.(P). (12-18)1-3 Much is to be learned by comparing one part of Scripture with another. (G)8 All things are wearisome,    more than one can say.The eye never has enough of seeing,(H)    nor the ear its fill of hearing.9 What has been will be again,    what has been done will be done again;(I)    there is nothing new under the sun.10 Is there anything of which one can say,    “Look! Those that have taken warning to turn and live, should warn others not to go on and die. He could neither gain that satisfaction to himself, nor do that good to others, which he expected. 7 All the rivers run into the sea; yet the sea is not full; unto the place from whence the rivers come, thither they return again. (K), 12 I, the Teacher,(L) was king over Israel in Jerusalem. 5 The sun rises and the sun sets; It convinces us of the vanity of the world, and that it cannot make us happy; of the vileness of sin, and its certain tendency to make us miserable. Ecclesiastes 1:1 Or Convener, or Collector; Hebrew Qoheleth (so throughout Ecclesiastes) Ecclesiastes 1:2 The Hebrew term hebel , translated vanity or vain , refers concretely to a “mist,” “vapor,” or “mere breath,” and metaphorically to something that is fleeting or … 3 What profit have we from all the toil. Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. (4-8) There is nothing new. 9 The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun. 2 Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity. “Utterly meaningless! 6 The wind goeth toward the south, and turneth about unto the north; it whirleth about continually, and the wind returneth again according to his circuits. One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh: but the earth abideth for ever. His soul will find no rest, if he has it not from God. 5 The sun also ariseth, and the sun goeth down, and hasteth to his place where he arose. (D)4 Generations come and generations go,    but the earth remains forever. 2 Vanity of vanities, * says Qoheleth, vanity of vanities! The name of this book signifies "The Preacher." The wisdom of God here preaches to us, speaking by Solomon, who it is evident was the author. 15 What is crooked cannot be straightened;(Q)    what is lacking cannot be counted. This should take us from expecting happiness in the creature, and quicken us to seek eternal blessings. b. Vanity of Human Toil. says the Teacher. New International Version (NIV), NIV, Beautiful Word Bible Journal, Luke, Comfort Print, NIV, Biblical Theology Study Bible, Comfort Print: Follow God’s Redemptive Plan as It Unfolds throughout Scripture, NIV, Beautiful Word Bible Journal, Romans, Comfort Print, NIV, Quest Study Bible, Comfort Print: The Only Q and A Study Bible, NIV, Beautiful Word Bible Journal, Acts, Comfort Print. Everything is meaningless.”. Solomon asked for wisdom rather than riches, power, or glory. At the close of his life, being made sensible of his sin and folly, he recorded here his experience for the benefit of others, as the book of his repentance; and he pronounced all earthly good to be "vanity and vexation of spirit." 14 I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and, behold, all is vanity and vexation of spirit. 6 The wind blows to the south and turns to the north; round and round it goes, ever returning on its course. Ecclesiastes Chapter 1 In the Israelite’s historical books of 1 Kings and 2 Chronicles, the documents claim that Solomon, King of Israel was granted one request by God himself. All he gets by it will not supply the wants of the soul, nor satisfy its desires; will not atone for the sins of the soul, nor hinder the loss of it: what profit will the wealth of the world be to the soul in death, in judgment, or in the everlasting state?4-8 All things change, and never rest. How many things and persons in Solomon's day were thought very great, yet there is no remembrance of them now!12-18 Solomon tried all things, and found them vanity. 10 Is there any thing whereof it may be said, See, this is new? 3 What profit hath a man of all his labour which he taketh under the sun? If this world, in its present state, were all, it would not be worth living for; and the wealth and pleasure of this world, if we had ever so much, are not enough to make us happy. (F)6 The wind blows to the south    and turns to the north;round and round it goes,    ever returning on its course.7 All streams flow into the sea,    yet the sea is never full.To the place the streams come from,    there they return again. At the close of his life, being made sensible of his sin and folly, he recorded here his experience for the benefit of others, as the book of his repentance; and he pronounced all earthly good to be "vanity and vexation of spirit." it hath been already of old time, which was before us. All things are vanity! Vanity is the key word of … Let us learn to hate and fear sin, the cause of all this vanity and misery; to value Christ; to seek rest in the knowledge, love, and service of the Saviour.Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710. 17 And I gave my heart to know wisdom, and to know madness and folly: I perceived that this also is vexation of spirit. CHAPTER 1. (N) What a heavy burden God has laid on mankind! All things are vanity! 15 That which is crooked cannot be made straight: and that which is wanting cannot be numbered. The more he saw of the works done under the sun, the more he saw their vanity; and the sight often vexed his spirit. (E)5 The sun rises and the sun sets,    and hurries back to where it rises. This is something new”?It was here already, long ago;    it was here before our time.11 No one remembers the former generations,(J)    and even those yet to comewill not be remembered    by those who follow them. Copyright © 2019 by Zondervan. 1 The words of the Teacher,[a](A) son of David, king in Jerusalem:(B), 2 “Meaningless! 18 For in much wisdom is much grief: and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow. The senses are soon tired, yet still craving what is untried.9-11 Men's hearts and their corruptions are the same now as in former times; their desires, and pursuits, and complaints, still the same. He found his searches after knowledge weariness, not only to the flesh, but to the mind. What profit has a man of all his labour? 4 One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh: but the earth abideth for ever.

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