objective of these ‘Frameworks' is to provide an easy-to-read
layout of the text in order then to use these individual verses
for meditation. To achieve this we have used a variety of means,
notes, headings, verse summaries.)
Ecclesiastes 1: The Unchanging World & Pointless Studying
Comments : In this opening chapter we see the thinking
behind those famous words in verse 2 that older versions has as,
“Vanity of vanities, all is vanity,” and now newer versions have
starting place is that it is foolish to think there is meaning
in watching the way the earth works because it just seems it is
one big endless cycle. [v.1-11]. He then declares that he has
spent much time and effort in study but it didn't really seem
to go anywhere. See the Introduction for why this seems to be.]
There is nothing new on the earth
Solomon's conclusion from what immediately follows
words of the Teacher, son of David, king in Jerusalem:
Meaningless!” says the Teacher. “Utterly meaningless! Everything
Just watch people come and go, all working
do people gain from all their labours at which they toil under
come and generations go, but the earth remains forever.
The sun and the weather is remarkably consistent
sun rises and the sun sets, and hurries back to where it rises.
wind blows to the south and turns to the north; round and round
it goes, ever returning on its course.
The rain cycle continues unabated
flow into the sea, yet the sea is never full. To the place the
streams come from, there they return again.
It gets tiring seeing the ‘same old, same old'
things are wearisome, more than one can say. The eye never has
enough of seeing, nor the ear its fill of hearing.
There is nothing new n the earth, in the way it works
has been will be again, what has been done will be done again;
there is nothing new under the sun.
there anything of which one can say, “Look! This is something
new”? It was here already, long ago; it was here before our time.
People come and go but are soon forgotten
one remembers the former generations, and even those yet to come
will not be remembered by those who follow them.
Much studying didn't get me very far
As the king I was able to study a lot – tiring and wearying
the Teacher, was king over Israel in Jerusalem.
applied my mind to study and to explore by wisdom all that is
done under the heavens. What a heavy burden God has laid on mankind!
I've seen it all and it goes nowhere
have seen all the things that are done under the sun; all of them
are meaningless, a chasing after the wind.
You can't change it all
is crooked cannot be straightened; what is lacking cannot be counted.
I was the top learner, checking everything – but to no avail,
said to myself, “Look, I have increased in wisdom more than anyone
who has ruled over Jerusalem before me; I have experienced much
of wisdom and knowledge.”
Then I applied
myself to the understanding of wisdom, and also of madness and
folly, but I learned that this, too, is a chasing after the wind.
with much wisdom comes much sorrow; the more knowledge, the more
to Ecclesiastes 2