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Ecclesiastes 1 - AMP

2 Vapor of vapors and futility of futilities, says the Preacher. Vapor of vapors and futility of futilities! All is vanity (emptiness, falsity, and vainglory). 3 What profit does man have left from all his toil at which he toils Ecclesiastes is the book of the natural man whose interests are confined to the unstable, vanishing pleasures and empty satisfactions of those who live merely ``under the sun." The natural man is not aware that all the affirmative answers to life are to be found in Him Who is above, not ``under," the sun. The natural man grovels in the dust and finds only earthworms, while the spiritual man may soar on wings like eagles (Isa. 40:31) above all that is futile and disappointing, and may live in the consciousness of God's companionship, favor, and incomparable, everlasting rewards.under the sun? 4 One generation goes and another generation comes, but the earth remains forever. 5 The sun also rises and the sun goes down, and hastens to the place where it rises. 6 The wind goes to the south and circles about to the north; it circles and circles about continually, and on its circuit the wind returns again. 7 All the rivers run into the sea, yet the sea is not full. To the place from which the rivers come, to there and from there they return again. 8 All things are weary with toil and all words are feeble; man cannot utter it. The eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing. 9 The thing that has been--it is what will be again, and that which has been done is that which will be done again; and there is nothing new under the sun. 10 Is there a thing of which it may be said, See, this is new? It has already been, in the vast ages of time which were before us. 11 There is no remembrance of former happenings or men, neither will there be any remembrance of happenings of generations that are to come by those who are to come after them. 12 I, the Preacher, have been king over Israel in Jerusalem. 13 And I applied myself by heart and mind to seek and search out by The ``Wisdom" of Proverbs is not the ``wisdom" of Ecclesiastes. The former is Godlike, the latter is usually human.wisdom all human activity under heaven. It is a miserable business which Throughout this book not once is the Supreme Being recognized as ``Lord" . The word used to designate Him is invariably the one that may be applied to God or to idols--``Elohim," the God recognized ``under the sun." The wisdom which is thus limited can end only in ``a miserable business" and in vexation of spirit until it finds ``the wisdom that is from above" (James 3:17 KJV), ``the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory" (I Cor. 2:7 KJV).God has given to the sons of man with which to busy themselves. 14 I have seen all the works that are done under the sun, and behold, all is vanity, a striving after the wind and a feeding on wind. 15 What is crooked cannot be made straight, and what is defective and lacking cannot be counted. 16 I entered into counsel with my own mind, saying, Behold, I have acquired great wisdom, yes, more than all who have been over Jerusalem before me; and my mind has had great experience of wisdom and knowledge. 17 And I gave my mind to know wisdom and to discern madness and folly ; I perceived that this also is a searching after wind and a feeding on it. 18 For in much wisdom is much vexation, and he who increases knowledge increases sorrow.

Sermons on Ecclesiastes 1 More sermons: Ecclesiastes 1

Victor Yap avatar
The Chief Purpose of Life
Shared by: Victor Yap on Feb, 2017
Summary: Ecclesiastes 1
Scripture: Ecclesiastes 1:1-18
Denomination: Independent/Bible
Views: 10
Victor Yap avatar
I Am Not the Greatest
Shared by: Victor Yap on Feb, 2017
Summary: Ecclesiastes 2
Scripture: Ecclesiastes 1:1-25
Denomination: Independent/Bible
Views: 10
Reverend Cooper McWhirter avatar
An Age of Nonsense: "The Failure of 'Ism's"
Shared by: Reverend Cooper McWhirter on Sep, 2016
Summary: An Age when our "Yes" no longer means yes, and our "NO" no longer means no. When right is wrong and wrong is right!
John Hamby avatar
The Quest For Wisdom
Shared by: John Hamby on Mar, 2016
Summary: Solomon continues his search for meaning and purpose in life.
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 445
John Hamby avatar
The Search For Meaning
Shared by: John Hamby on Feb, 2016
Summary: Principally and introduction to the study and the exposition of first eleven verses
Scripture: Ecclesiastes 1:1-11
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 1,007
Ronnie Miller avatar
Time according to God. ....Ecclesiastes 3:1 thru 4 01/01/2016
Shared by: Ronnie Miller on Dec, 2015
Summary: Where has the time gone? There is a time for everything but, that never seem to bother me when I was young. But as I get older I consider almost everything in time. It’s time to take my medicine, it’s time to go to the doctor, it’s time for this or time for that.
John McCormack avatar
Shared by: John McCormack on Dec, 2015
Wade M. Hughes, Sr avatar
I just want to be happy! VANITY?
Shared by: Wade M. Hughes, Sr on Oct, 2015
Summary: I hear many say their goal in life is to be happy? Oz is only Oz to those that do not live in Oz.
Chris Jordan avatar
Wisdom: Purpose - Meaning of Life (Book of Ecclesiastes)
Shared by: Chris Jordan on Sep, 2015
Summary: Ecclesiastes ‘represents a brilliant argument for how someone would look at life if God did not play a direct, intervening role in life, and if there were no life after death.’ But because there is a God, and life continues after death, let us fear God!
Denomination: Foursquare
Views: 359
Tom Shepard avatar
Ecclesiastes Chapter One
Shared by: Tom Shepard on Aug, 2015
Summary: This is a verse by verse look at chapter one of Ecclesiastes.
based on 8 ratings
Scripture: Ecclesiastes 1:1-18
Views: 2,075
Dean Courtier avatar
Changed by the Stream of the Spirit
Shared by: Dean Courtier on Aug, 2015
Summary: We all experience different situations, circumstances and opportunities. Yet each of us have been and continue to be blessed by God.
based on 4 ratings
Scripture: Ecclesiastes 1:2-14
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 795
Michael Deutsch avatar
Pursuing . . .
Shared by: Michael Deutsch on Jul, 2015
Summary: part 2 looks at Solomon's attempts to find joy through other means.
Michael Deutsch avatar
God Sized Dreams
Shared by: Michael Deutsch on Jul, 2015
Summary: Beginning a series of sermons from Ecclesiastes. What we learn from the Preacher will help us move forward in life.
Scripture: Ecclesiastes 1:1-11
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 613
Jeff Strite avatar
Is There Wisdom in Wisdom?
Shared by: Jeff Strite on Jun, 2015
Summary: God was pleased to give Solomon His wisdom and Solomon often spoke of the importance of seeking that wisdom. So, why was Solomon telling us here in Ecclesiastes that wisdom is empty and disappointing?
based on 12 ratings
Views: 7,320
Dr. Gale A. Ragan-Reid avatar
Shared by: Dr. Gale A. Ragan-Reid on May, 2015
Summary: God's undeniable love for the world made the crooked straight through Christ Jesus (salvation plan).
Denomination: Friends
Views: 303
Anthony Zibolski avatar
Finding purpose in your life
Shared by: Anthony Zibolski on Apr, 2015
Summary: Maybe you are here this morning and you need to hear from the Lord concerning where you fit into the plan of God.
based on 1 rating
Scripture: Ecclesiastes 1:1-9
Denomination: Nazarene
Views: 1,736
Davon Huss avatar
Says the Teacher Everything Is Meaningless
Shared by: Davon Huss on Jan, 2014
Summary: A sermon introducing a series on Ecclesiastes (Outline and material adapted from Eugene Peterson's book, Five Smooth Stones for Pastoral Work, chapter 4 The Pastoral Work of Nay-Saying)
Davon Huss avatar
The Facts of Life
Shared by: Davon Huss on Jan, 2014
Summary: A sermon introducing a series on Ecclesiastes; this is part two of two part sermon; part one in the morning is Says the Teacher Everything is Meaningless (Outline and material adapted from Derek Kidner's book, The Wisdom of Proverbs, Job and Ecc.)
Mark A. Barber avatar
Can You Catch the Wind With Your Hands?
Shared by: Mark A. Barber on Jan, 2014
Summary: All way to meaning apart from God is but a grasping for the wind. But the way of Christ is the way to meaning.
based on 1 rating
Denomination: United Methodist
Views: 532
Mark A. Barber avatar
Nothing New Under the Sun?
Shared by: Mark A. Barber on Jan, 2014
Summary: Life apart from God is a death of fathomless despair. Life in Christ is an inextinguishable hope.
Scripture: Ecclesiastes 1:8-11
Denomination: United Methodist
Views: 1,165
Mark A. Barber avatar
Dust in the Wind
Shared by: Mark A. Barber on Nov, 2013
Summary: Only the Christian message gives meaning to life
Scripture: Ecclesiastes 1:1-7
Denomination: United Methodist
Views: 1,365
John McCormack avatar
Shared by: John McCormack on Nov, 2013
Jarrod Jones avatar
Rumors of Another World
Shared by: Jarrod Jones on Jun, 2013
Summary: Our unquenchable desires for meaning and more declare that we are made for meaning and more, namely God, and therefore we will only find meaning and more (satisfaction) in Him alone.
based on 1 rating
Views: 1,113
Terry Blankenship avatar
A Life Worth Living
Shared by: Terry Blankenship on Mar, 2012
Summary: There are four questions we ask about life: Who am I? Where did I come from? Why am I here? Where am I going? These questions are asked by everyone at some point. Solomon asks all of those questions as he pursues the meaning in life.
based on 2 ratings
Scripture: Ecclesiastes 1:1-18
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 1,103
Robert Fa'atoia Collins avatar
Shared by: Robert Fa'atoia Collins on Jan, 2012
Summary: Do you know who you are when your face with hardship and uncertainty?
based on 1 rating
Denomination: Seventh-Day Adventist
Views: 1,015
Donald McCulley avatar
The Purposeless Driven Life
Shared by: Donald McCulley on Dec, 2011
Summary: Have you ever thought about the purposeless driven life?
based on 5 ratings
Scripture: Ecclesiastes 1:1-18
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 1,661
Chris Kanyane avatar
Testimony Against Motivational Speakers & Personal Development Gurus
Shared by: Chris Kanyane on Jul, 2011
Summary: The sermon is based on real personal testimony against motivational speakers, personal development gurus and life coaches. All motivational speakers, personal development gurus and life coaches believe in God. But what kind of God? Learn more.....
based on 2 ratings
Scripture: Ecclesiastes 1:1-5
Denomination: Apostolic
Views: 1,308
Thomas Swope avatar
Wealth + Power + Knowledge = Zero
Shared by: Thomas Swope on Dec, 2010
Summary: A study of chapter 1 verses 1 through 18
Series: Ecclesiastes
based on 1 rating
Scripture: Ecclesiastes 1:1-18
Denomination: Calvary Chapel
Views: 776
Jonathan McLeod avatar
A Quest for Meaning
Shared by: Jonathan McLeod on Aug, 2010
Summary: What will make you happy?
Series: Ecclesiastes
based on 1 rating
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 749
Monty Newton avatar
Chasing After the Wind
Shared by: Monty Newton on Aug, 2010
Summary: We can live a meaningful life4 in a world filled with vain pursuits.