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Bible Commentaries

Gray's Concise Bible Commentary

Ecclesiastes 1

Verses 1-18

THE PROLOGUE (Ecclesiastes 1:1-11 )

These verses show the general result of the whole search for good on earth, the record of which is to follow (Ecclesiastes 1:1-3 ); a symbolic illustration from nature of the monotony of human existence (Ecclesiastes 1:4-7 ); and a plain statement of the facts in the case (Ecclesiastes 1:8-11 ).

THE INTRODUCTION (Ecclesiastes 1:12-18 )

These verses describe the seeker (Ecclesiastes 1:12 ); his method of search (Ecclesiastes 1:13 ), and the result in general (Ecclesiastes 1:14-15 ) and in particular (Ecclesiastes 1:16-18 ).

VARIOUS VANITIES (Ecclesiastes 2:2-26 )

Chapter 2 lists vanities as: the lust of the flesh (Ecclesiastes 2:1-3 ); the lust of the eyes (Ecclesiastes 2:4-6 ); pride of life (Ecclesiastes 2:7-8 ); conclusion (Ecclesiastes 2:9-11 ). The vanity of wisdom (Ecclesiastes 2:12-17 ); the vanity of work (Ecclesiastes 2:18-23 ); conclusion (Ecclesiastes 2:24-26 ).

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Gray, James. "Commentary on Ecclesiastes 1". Gray's Concise Bible Commentary. 1897-1910.