Title 1 The words of the Teacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem: Introduction: Utter Futility 2 “Futile! Futile!” laments the Teacher,“Absolutely futile! Everything is futile!” Futility Illustrated from Nature 3 What benefit do people get from all the effortwhich they expend on earth?4 A generation comes and a generation goes,but the earth remains […]
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. 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 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. It shows that no created good can satisfy the soul, and that happiness is to be found in God alone; and this doctrine must, under the blessed Spirit’s teaching, lead the heart to Christ Jesus.
Futility of Self-Indulgent Pleasure 1 I thought to myself,“Come now, I will try self-indulgent pleasure to see if it is worthwhile.”But I found that it also is futile.2 I said of partying, “It is folly,”and of self-indulgent pleasure, “It accomplishes nothing!”3 I thought deeply about the effects of indulging myself with wine(all the while my […]
A Time for All Events in Life 1 For everything there is an appointed time,and an appropriate time for every activity on earth:2 A time to be born, and a time to die;a time to plant, and a time to uproot what was planted;3 A time to kill, and a time to heal;a time to […]
Evil Oppression on Earth 1 So I again considered all the oppression that continually occurs on earth.This is what I saw:The oppressed were in tears, but no one was comforting them;no one delivers them from the power of their oppressors.2 So I considered those who are dead and gonemore fortunate than those who are still […]
Rash Vows 1 Be careful what you do when you go to the temple of God;draw near to listen rather than to offer a sacrifice like fools,for they do not realize that they are doing wrong.2 Do not be rash with your mouth or hasty in your heart to bring up a matter before God,for […]