the Theory of Vanity

After all the hustle and bustle of living, trying to be a better person, wanting to make money, education, the so many pursuit of living a “good life”; we often seem to forget that it all comes down to (as I found it wise to read):

Vapor of vapors and futility of futilities…
Vapor of vapors and futility of futilities!
All is vanity (emptiness, falsity, and vainglory).
What profit does man [1. Kept the bible literal, could also mean woman, child or anyone] have left from all his [2. Ditto the gender] toil at which he [3. Or She] toils [a]under the sun? [Is life worth living?]
One generation goes and another generation comes, but the earth remains forever. (Ecclesiastes 1:2-4, Amp)

All the pursuit, once we die, it’s gone–emptiness, falsity and vainglory.


  1. I love these verses, but not with the view of an end in itself. In this book Solomon was deeply impressed and occupied with the vanity of life under the sun in the context of its falling away from God. Man was created by God with the highest and noble purpose to express God in His image with His divine life and nature (Genesis 1:26). But God’s enemy, Satan the devil, came in to inject himself as sin into the man God created for His purpose (Genesis 3:1-6). Through this fall, man and all the created things that had been committed by God to man’s dominion were brought into the slavery of corruption and made subject to vanity (Romans 8:20-21). Thus, the human life in the corrupted world aslo became vanity, a chasing after the wind. So Solomon fully realized this and stressed this to the uttermost in his description, yet he was not fully disappointed in this. Rather, he instruced men that there is a way to escape this vanity, i.e., to come back to God and take God as man’s everything, man’s redemption, life, wealth, enjoyment, pleasure, and satisfaction (12:13), that man may still be used by God to fulfill His original purpose in creating man, for the accomplishing of God’s eternal economy.

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