1 These are the words of the Teacher, King David’s son, who ruled in Jerusalem. 2 “Everything is meaningless,” says the Teacher, “completely meaningless!” 3 What do people get for all their hard work under the sun? 4 Generations come and generations go, but the earth never changes. 5 The sun rises and the sun sets, then hurries around to rise again. 6 The wind blows south, and then turns north. Around and around it goes, blowing in circles. 7 Rivers run into the sea, but the sea is never full. Then the water returns again to the rivers and flows out again to the sea. 8 Everything is wearisome beyond description. No matter how much we see, we are never satisfied. No matter how much we hear, we are not content. 9 History merely repeats itself. It has all been done before. Nothing under the sun is truly new. 10 Sometimes people say, “Here is something new!” But actually it is old; nothing is ever truly new. 11 We don’t remember what happened in the past, and in future generations, no one will remember what we are doing now. 12 I, the Teacher, was king of Israel, and I lived in Jerusalem. 13 I devoted myself to search for understanding and to explore by wisdom everything being done under heaven. I soon discovered that God has dealt a tragic existence to the human race. 14 I observed everything going on under the sun, and really, it is all meaningless—like chasing the wind. 15 What is wrong cannot be made right. What is missing cannot be recovered. 16 I said to myself, “Look, I am wiser than any of the kings who ruled in Jerusalem before me. I have greater wisdom and knowledge than any of them.” 17 So I set out to learn everything from wisdom to madness and folly. But I learned firsthand that pursuing all this is like chasing the wind. 18 The greater my wisdom, the greater my grief. To increase knowledge only increases sorrow.

  • Ecclesiastes – THE TEACHER .
  • Goal: be WISE ; not be a FOOL .
  • Wise? Ability to make RIGHT DECISIONS .
  • Fool? REJECTS and RESISTS the will of God

Four Types of Bible Verses

  • Narrative – about the history of a person and how God interacts with him/her
  • Law – a command from God that I must always obey Love the Lord with Love your neighbor
  • Promise – a guarantee from God that will always be true Nothing can separate you from the love of God. I will never leave you
  • Proverb – a short description about the way things generally go in this world Guard your heart
  • Beggars can’t be . . . Better late than . . . Better safe than . . . Garbage in . . . Look before you . . . No pain . . . Out of sight . . .

“Under The Sun”

Vs 2-3 2 “Everything is meaningless,” says the Teacher, “completely meaningless!” 3 What do people get for all their hard work under the sun?
Vs 14 I observed everything going on under the sun, and really, it is all meaningless—like chasing the wind.

  • under the sun= APART FROM GOD .
  • under the sun – Get? Not MUCH

Vs 8 Everything is wearisome beyond description. No matter how much we see, we are never satisfied. No matter how much we hear, we are not content.

  • under the sun – no SATISFACTION .

Vs 9 History merely repeats itself. It has all been done before. Nothing under the sun is truly new. 10 Sometimes people say, “Here is something new!” But actually it is old; nothing is ever truly new.

  • under the sun – nothing NEW .

Vs 13-15 the Message I looked most carefully into everything, searched out all that is done under the sun. And let me tell you, there’s not much to write home about.
15 NLT What is wrong cannot be made right. What is missing cannot be recovered.

  • under the sun – no HOPE .

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