All Is Vanity and Vexation of Spirit. A Commentary on Ecclesiastes 1:14

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

- Ecclesiastes 1:14

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

– Ecclesiastes 1:14

  • Thoughts on Today’s Verse…

We know Solomon was the wisest and richest king, but he said, “I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and, behold, all is vanity and vexation of spirit.” Obviously, wealth and status, and other pleasures of the world cannot fill our hearts, but will make us feel more and more empty. Nowadays, many people live out of a suitcase for changing their current circumstances. Some rack their brains to earn more money; some sell out their conscience and flesh for standing out from others. However, nobody can realize their dreams but achieve hopelessness and emptiness. Mankind can’t help but ask itself: Life is short, how can we not waste each day of our lives?

In Ecclesiastes 12:13, “Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.” Job feared God and shunned evil, died full of days and his life was not empty. Peter followed the Lord’s will rather than pursue material enjoyments. He worked hard for spreading the Lord’s gospel, pursued the supreme love of God and obeyed God unto death, so he didn’t live in vain. If we want to get rid of emptiness, then we should have a proper pursuit. Share a passage of words, hope it will be helpful for everyone. The words say, “For without the guidance of God, no matter how much rulers and sociologists wrack their brains to preserve human civilization, it is to no avail. No one can fill the emptiness in man’s heart, for no one can be the life of man, and no social theory can free man from the emptiness with which he is afflicted. … Man, after all, is man. The position and life of God cannot be replaced by any man. Mankind does not just require a fair society in which everyone is well-fed and is equal and free, but the salvation of God and His provision of life to them. Only when man receives the salvation of God and His provision of life to them can the needs, yearning to explore, and spiritual emptiness of man be resolved.


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Ecclesiastes 1:14


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