Ecclesiastes Chapter 1
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.
Share Ecclesiastes Chapter 1:
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.
Lezekiel Chyme's Ecclesiastes Chapter 1 comment about verse 18 on 11/22/2014, 8:45pm...
None were wiser than Jesus and as prophesied in Isaiah 53 3, it tells us that He is a man of sorrows, acquainted with grief, so no contradiction. Wisdom brings true knowledge of the human condition, with all its tragic consequence.
Joe's Ecclesiastes Chapter 1 comment on 11/14/2014, 7:21am...
I really like to read the explainations shown after the answer to each question. Ecclesiastes Chapter 1 is great example. Please show more explainations with this amount of information and detail
Micheal's Ecclesiastes Chapter 1 comment on 10/20/2014, 3:16am...
God is all nowing he has determend the begining and end is the one can say wat shall be shall be
Geraldine cole's Ecclesiastes Chapter 1 comment on 10/11/2014, 7:35am...
Remember God own everything in this world what ever u have God only allow u to have it for a season after your season is pass u will pass away into hell or heaven which ever one U live to go to God allows us to have free will each day we live we are making our own movie and when we are dying we will see our movie that we made how we live and what we did in life be careful what u put in your movie because u will be judge from your life u live no one else can be blamed be careful of how u live. U will see it again one day its appointed a man one to die then the judgement be careful of the seed u sow. Sow good seed which mean do your best to be good to people remember some people u just have to turn them over to the Lord and let him deal with them and pray for them remember everyone don 't want to know God everyone is not going accept the Jesus that did not happen when he walk the earth and it not going to happen now as long as they no about him God has a plan for them praise God
Geraldine cole's Ecclesiastes Chapter 1 comment on 10/11/2014, 7:03am...
This is what God mean when u increase knowledge u increase sorrow .much wisdom much grief when we get educated sometimes we things of the world like education we get these big jobs and we forget who really gave us the knowledge to get what we have so we forget God and serve man and things in the world when God have bless us to do well in life we need to remember him also enjoy the fruit of your labor the word of God says it hard for a rich man to enter Heaven because he love his riches more than God if u follow after God we will see him one day there nothing wrong with having money remember who gave to u
Hubert Graham's Ecclesiastes Chapter 1 comment about verse 11 on 9/29/2014, 8:56am...
What ever the Lord said I believe it.Because my God is self Existing,self Contain,he is God of all gods 'Lord of all lords ' King of all kings Almighty,all Powerful,all Glorious,and my finite,mind cannot fully conceive,his Greatness.
Romeo Ceasar's Ecclesiastes Chapter 1 comment about verse 3 on 9/19/2014, 3:30am...
I DO BELIEVE IN THE WORD OF GOD ALMIGHTY, WHEN PRAY AGAINST SICKNESS, IT WORKS OUT SPEEDILY, BUT WHEN PRAY FOR SOMETHING WHICH IS IS LIKE SECURING A GOOD TURN AROUND OR CHANGING LEVELS, IT 'S THERE U EXPRENCING SOME DELAY AND ITS LOKS AS IF NOTHING IS HAPPENING.
What Do You Think of Ecclesiastes 1?
Share your own thoughts or commentary here...
Test Your Knowledge of Ecclesiastes Chapter 1