All Is Vanity | Ecclesiastes 1

The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem. Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher, vanity of vanities! All is vanity. What does man gain by all the toil at which he toils under the sun? A generation goes, and a generation comes, but the earth remains forever. The sun rises, and …

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The End of the Matter | Ecclesiastes 12:13-14

The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. For God will bring every deed into judgment, with every secret thing, whether good or evil. Ecclesiastes 12:13–14 (ESV) Throughout Ecclesiastes, as the Preacher has systematically stripped the hope out of various avenues …

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The Meaning Above the Meaningless

Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher, vanity of vanities! All is vanity. What does man gain by all the toil at which he toils under the sun? Ecclesiastes 1:2-3 (ESV) In these verses, Solomon proclaims that all is vanity. Or using other words, everything is meaningless. That statement is true, but there is a problem. …

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Vanity Under the Sun

Background on Ecclesiastes

AuthorThe author identifies himself as the Preacher (or Teacher). While the book is technically anonymous, Solomon is the most likely candidate. ThemeEverything is meaningless “under the sun,” and the only source of true meaning and joy is God. BackgroundIn the first chapter of Ecclesiastes, the author identifies himself as the Qoheleth (the Preacher or Teacher). …

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