Ecclesiastes Chapter 1
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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.
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Matthew Henry's Ecclesiastes Chapter 1 Bible commentary...
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.Solomon shows that all human things are vain. (1-3) Man's toil and want of satisfaction. (4-8) There is nothing new. (9-11) The vexation in pursuit of knowledge. (12-18)1-3 Much is to be learned by comparing one part of Scripture with another. We here behold Solomon returning from the broken and empty cisterns of the world, to the Fountain of living water; recording his own folly and shame, the bitterness of his disappointment, and the lessons he had learned. Those that have taken warning to turn and live, should warn others not to go on and die. He does not merely say all things are vain, but that they are vanity. VANITY OF VANITIES, ALL IS VANITY. This is the text of the preacher's sermon, of which in this book he never loses sight. 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. What profit has a man of all his labour? 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. Man, after all his labour, is no nearer finding rest than the sun, the wind, or the current of the river. His soul will find no rest, if he has it not from God. 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. This should take us from expecting happiness in the creature, and quicken us to seek eternal blessings. 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. He found his searches after knowledge weariness, not only to the flesh, but to the mind. The more he saw of the works done under the sun, the more he saw their vanity; and the sight often vexed his spirit. He could neither gain that satisfaction to himself, nor do that good to others, which he expected. Even the pursuit of knowledge and wisdom discovered man's wickedness and misery; so that the more he knew, the more he saw cause to lament and mourn. 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.
Chukwudike ezenwa's Ecclesiastes Chapter 1 comment on 12/02/2013, 11:26pm...
We should not be concious of thing's of the wold rather concious of makin haven. Becous all is vanity upon vanity.
Mike's Ecclesiastes Chapter 1 comment about verse 1 on 11/30/2013, 7:33am...
who is the preacher
EYISI's Ecclesiastes Chapter 1 comment on 11/27/2013, 8:14am...
IT TALKS ABOUT THE NOTHINGNESS OF THIS LIFE.
Glory's Ecclesiastes Chapter 1 comment on 11/25/2013, 12:43pm...
Watever we are seeing now or experienceing now existed before it is only new to us because we did not exist then
Egbert's Ecclesiastes Chapter 1 comment on 11/24/2013, 11:20am...
the one thing I do know that is new each day is GOD MERCY and
I am so very grateful for it because I know I do not deserve it.
TRACIE's Ecclesiastes Chapter 1 comment on 11/11/2013, 12:18am...
What he means is that with his wisdom and search of it he has discovered is that EVERYTHING on this earth OTHER THAN what GOD has created is man made and therefore VANITY and all things that are desired and corrupt. His point is do not put so much LABOR into what vanity/man is driving you to desire that you forget the very foundation or the simple purity of life that is God's everlasting gift....Earth and US if we choose HIS life which is more powerful than anything ON the earth that repeats it's sins from generation to generation.
Mapula Moffat's Ecclesiastes Chapter 1 comment on 10/25/2013, 12:14am...
There comes a time when your creator says time up then you exit this world.Who were you serving all along?Is it God or mammon?Decide now if you choose everlasting life or everlasting death.Jehovah have compassion over your life.
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