1The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem. 2“Vanity of vanities,” says the Preacher, “Vanity of vanities! All is vanity.” 3What advantage does man have in all his work which he does under the sun? 4A generation goes and a generation comes, but the earth remains forever. 5Also, the sun rises and the sun sets; And hastening to its place it rises there again. 6Blowing toward the south, then turning toward the north, the wind continues swirling along; and on its circular courses the wind returns. 7All the rivers flow into the sea, yet the sea is not full. To the place where the rivers flow, there they flow again. 8All things are wearisome; man is not able to tell it. the eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor is the ear filled with hearing. 9That which has been is that which will be, and that which has been done is that which will be done. So there is nothing new under the sun.
10Is there anything of which one might say, “See this, it is new”? Already it has existed for ages which were before us. 11There is no remembrance of earlier things; And also of the later things which will occur, there will be for them no remembrance among those who will come later still.
12I, the Preacher, have been king over Israel in Jerusalem. 13And I set my mind to seek and explore by wisdom concerning all that has been done under heaven. It is a grievous task whichGod has given to the sons of men to be afflicted with. 14I have seen all the works which have been done under the sun, and behold, all is vanity and striving after wind. 15What is crooked cannot be straightened and what is lacking cannot be counted. 16I said to myself, “Behold, I have magnified and increased wisdom more than all who were over Jerusalem before me; and my mind has observed a wealth of wisdom and knowledge.” 17And I set my mind to know wisdom and to know madness and folly; I realized that this also is striving after wind. 18Because in much wisdom there is much grief, and increasing knowledge results in increasing pain.
- Bottom Line 1:1-3
- Beat Down 1:4-11
- Bird Dog 1:12-18
- (v 1-3) What happens inside of you when Solomon declares that everything is meaningless? What do you currently look to, pursue and expect to give you meaning and purpose?
- What are the main things you grew up believing would give you meaning and purpose? How do you believe wealth, power, pleasure or possessions will complete you? How does Solomon help us repent and align with reality? What can you repent of today?
- (v 4-11) Where do you feel like you’re on a treadmill in your life chasing something to fill a void? Why do you believe that will complete you? Has there been a time in your life that you thought “something” would fulfill you? Explore what the fall out of that/those event(s) were like. How did that disappointment lead you to (or away from) God?
- (v 12-18) Wherever we are, we tend to believe we would be happier somewhere else. What does it look like to be content and enjoy Him wherever He has you? How have you experienced “the grass wasn’t as green on the other side of the fence?”