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1 The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem.

2 Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity.

3 What profit hath a man of all his labour which he taketh under the sun?

4 One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh: but the earth abideth for ever.

5 The sun also ariseth, and the sun goeth down, and hasteth to his place where he arose.

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.

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.

8 All things are full of labour; man cannot utter it: the eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing.

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.

10 Is there any thing whereof it may be said, See, this is new? it hath been already of old time, which was before us.

11 There is no remembrance of former things; neither shall there be any remembrance of things that are to come with those that shall come after.

12 I the Preacher was king over Israel in Jerusalem.

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.

14 I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and, behold, all is vanity and vexation of spirit.

15 That which is crooked cannot be made straight: and that which is wanting cannot be numbered.

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.

17 And I gave my heart to know wisdom, and to know madness and folly: I perceived that this also is vexation of spirit.

18 For in much wisdom is much grief: and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow.

 


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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.

 


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Shonda's Ecclesiastes Chapter 1 comment on 4/16/2014, 8:38pm...

Amen... the things on earth is going to perish but the truth of holy living old testament bible will remain the same.cant take nothing with you when you died...what man profit down here cant win him up to heaven got to turn from your wicked ways in give it to the Lord in he will cleanse you from head to toe..got to have salvation got to have faith in the living God

 


Andrew Holland's Ecclesiastes Chapter 1 comment about verse 18 on 3/08/2014, 3:49am...

When you receive wisdom you also receive understanding and knowledge You come to the UNDERSTANDING the world is dying and in need Millions die without knowing Christ Millions part of other religions If that does not put grief in you then i do not know what will You also come to the knowledge of what Christ did for us not only for the christian but for the unbeliever He died for all men so we might live In our own cities there are people living in sin not knowing who Jesus is their souls hanging in the balance if that does not create sorrow i do not know what will We must have a mourning heart for those who are lost and we must share the Gospel with a joyful heart

 


Amaray's Ecclesiastes Chapter 1 comment about verse 1 on 2/24/2014, 2:54pm...

Yes his the son of David second king in jerusalem who spoke about his toil and everything he did was for no purpose nothing gained what has been done will be done all is vanity it has been done before no remembrance it shall repeat itself and the next generation will gain from all his toil and time has been used to divide peace joy life death all is for no purpose because everything was vain but who is the preacher Solomon Son of David Can t be I m confused

 


Oluwaseyi Ighereje's Ecclesiastes Chapter 1 comment on 2/20/2014, 3:01pm...

The chapter summarises the whole essence of life

 


Ethelware's Ecclesiastes Chapter 1 comment on 2/16/2014, 2:46pm...

Here some vanity I goes to the enternet cafes tring to come up with a few extra dollars and everyone seems to win large amounts of money except me though it seems and even when I win something big I cant find nothing that I really want to buy with it I guest im really trying to say is that God is always there for me and He gives me the desires of my heart a quick dollar are a corrupt dollar but a gift from God are a everlasting gift No I might cannot move from this apartment but all my bills paid I have foods of my choice clothing and shoes and im able to go to and from as I please so I say rejoice in all things because what you think is good for you could also be bad

 


Ron's Ecclesiastes Chapter 1 comment about verse 18 on 1/30/2014, 3:09pm...

The one thing I became sorry for , is knowing that Jesus went
through what He did in order to pay the price in full for all our sins.
Knowing full well that without Him we would all be lost , He was not offended ,because He said Farther forgive them for they know not what they do . I am sorry He had to go through this for us .

 


Mprince's Ecclesiastes Chapter 1 comment on 1/09/2014, 4:44am...

@"Geoff Hicks" It is obvious you are reading from the 1611 King James Bible. To quote from this site, "The 1611 King James Bible was written more than four hundred years ago when the English language was different. The original 1611 A.D. text, written in Early Modern English, shows the language in closer association with its Latin roots. Spelling was in Jacobean style which was not entirely standardized, but could be read phonetically."

 


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