Ecclesiastes 6* The vanity of riches. Also of long life and flourishingfamilies. (1-6) The little advantage any one has in outwardthings. (7-12)1-6 A man often has all he needs for outward enjoyment; yet theLord leaves him so to covetousness or evil dispositions, that hemakes no good or comfortable use of what he has. By one means orother his possessions come to strangers; this is vanity, and anevil disease. A numerous family was a matter of fond desire andof high honour among the Hebrews; and long life is the desire ofmankind in general. Even with these additions a man may not beable to enjoy his riches, family, and life. Such a man, in hispassage through life, seems to have been born for no end or use.And he who has entered on life only for one moment, to quit itthe next, has a preferable lot to him who has lived long, butonly to suffer. 7-12 A little will serve to sustain us comfortably, and a greatdeal can do no more. The desires of the soul find nothing in thewealth of the world to give satisfaction. The poor man hascomfort as well as the richest, and is under no realdisadvantage. We cannot say, Better is the sight of the eyesthan the resting of the soul in God; for it is better to live byfaith in things to come, than to live by sense, which dwellsonly upon present things. Our lot is appointed. We have whatpleases God, and let that please us. The greatest possessionsand honours cannot set us above the common events of human life.Seeing that the things men pursue on earth increase vanities,what is man the better for his worldly devices? Our life uponearth is to be reckoned by days. It is fleeting and uncertain,and with little in it to be fond of, or to be depended on. Letus return to God, trust in his mercy through Jesus Christ, andsubmit to his will. Then soon shall we glide through thisvexatious world, and find ourselves in that happy place, wherethere is fulness of joy and pleasures for evermore.
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