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Everything is Meaningless

“Meaningless! Meaningless!”
    says the Teacher.
“Utterly meaningless!
    Everything is meaningless.”

What do people gain from all their labors
    at which they toil under the sun?
Generations come and generations go,
    but the earth remains forever.
The sun rises and the sun sets,
    and hurries back to where it rises.
The wind blows to the south
    and turns to the north;
round and round it goes,
    ever returning on its course.
All streams flow into the sea,
    yet the sea is never full.
To the place the streams come from,
    there they return again.
All things are wearisome,
    more than one can say.
The eye never has enough of seeing,
    nor the ear its fill of hearing.
What has been will be again,
    what has been done will be done again;
    there is nothing new under the sun.
10 Is there anything of which one can say,
    “Look! This is something new”?
It was here already, long ago;
    it was here before our time.
11 No one remembers the former generations,
    and even those yet to come
will not be remembered
    by those who follow them.

Wisdom Is Meaningless

12 I, the Teacher, was king over Israel in Jerusalem. 13 I 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! 14 I have seen all the things that are done under the sun; all of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind.

15 What is crooked cannot be straightened;
    what is lacking cannot be counted.

16 I 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.” 17 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.

18 For with much wisdom comes much sorrow;
    the more knowledge, the more grief.

From the Bible (New International Version), the Book of Ecclesiastes, Chapter 1, Verses 2-18. Image by skeeze from Pixabay.

11 responses to “Everything is Meaningless”

  1. Ecclesiastes has always been one of my favorite books.

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    1. I remember the first time I read it, sat in a park, made me cry so much. It always seems kind of out of step with the rest of the Bible, yet it’s such a beautiful book.

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      1. Yeah. That and Song of Solomon….

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      1. Bless you, friend! 🙂

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  2. Thank you.

    Perfect, Ecclesiastes… a calling to create.

    We, created in the Image of God, can create meaning out of meaninglessness. Our own meaning, conjoined, with other’s meanings is the great puzzle.

    So, let us though our meaningful lives work towards a better puzzle solution.

    It isn’t that we must solve the puzzle, but let us leave it in better condition than we found it.

    “God is Love and when we love, we live in God.”

    Blessings to all,

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  3. One of my all time favorites. And I love it because God shows us *he* knows our hopelessness at *least* as much as we, (but so much more than we).

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  4. Beautiful… Like you, when I read Ecclesiastes I cry. Also Psalms is probably my favorite book. I’m in the Psalm now and cry through the whole book. I picture ourselves in David’s situations. In fact the Bible is full of tears. My favorite quote I use by A W Tozer. The Bible was written in tears and to tears, it yields it’s best treasures❤

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    1. That’s a lovely quote from A W Tozer, and it’s great to hear from you Cathey! I hope you’re doing well, please do send me an email with your news. God bless you xx

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