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Bible Commentaries

Gray's Concise Bible Commentary

Ecclesiastes 1

Verses 1-18

THE PROLOGUE (Ecclesiastes 1:1-21.1.11 )

These verses show the general result of the whole search for good on earth, the record of which is to follow (Ecclesiastes 1:1-21.1.3 ); a symbolic illustration from nature of the monotony of human existence (Ecclesiastes 1:4-21.1.7 ); and a plain statement of the facts in the case (Ecclesiastes 1:8-21.1.11 ).

THE INTRODUCTION (Ecclesiastes 1:12-21.1.18 )

These verses describe the seeker (Ecclesiastes 1:12 ); his method of search (Ecclesiastes 1:13 ), and the result in general (Ecclesiastes 1:14-21.1.15 ) and in particular (Ecclesiastes 1:16-21.1.18 ).

VARIOUS VANITIES (Ecclesiastes 2:2-21.2.26 )

Chapter 2 lists vanities as: the lust of the flesh (Ecclesiastes 2:1-21.2.3 ); the lust of the eyes (Ecclesiastes 2:4-21.2.6 ); pride of life (Ecclesiastes 2:7-21.2.8 ); conclusion (Ecclesiastes 2:9-21.2.11 ). The vanity of wisdom (Ecclesiastes 2:12-21.2.17 ); the vanity of work (Ecclesiastes 2:18-21.2.23 ); conclusion (Ecclesiastes 2:24-21.2.26 ).

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Gray, James. "Commentary on Ecclesiastes 1". Gray's Concise Bible Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/jgc/ecclesiastes-1.html. 1897-1910.