The futility of pleasures and possessions and Wisdom excels folly
Hebrew Bible verse Old Testament
- Told in third person as a “meaning of life” story
“Nothing worth having comes easy”
- The actions of man are “vain” or “futile” both wise and foolish lives end the same way which is death.
One should enjoy the simple pleasures of daily life and enjoy one’s work for these are gifts from the creator
- All things born of hard labor are of the most value.
- 12So I turned to consider wisdom, madness and folly; for what will the man do who will come after the king except what has already been done?
13 And I saw that wisdom excels folly as light excels darkness.
14The wise man’s eyes are in his head, but the fool walks in darkness. And yet I know that one fate befalls them both.
15Then I said to myself, “As is the fate of the fool, it will also befall me. Why then have I been extremely wise?” So I said to myself, “This too is vanity.”
16For there is no lasting remembrance of the wise manas with the fool, inasmuch as in the coming days all will be forgotten. And how the wise man and the fool alike die!
17So I hated life, for the work which had been done under the sun was grievous to me; because everything is futility and striving after wind.
- “As is the fate of the fool, it will also befall me. Why then have I been extremely wise?” So I said to myself, “This too is vanity.”