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  • Ecclesiastes 1 - 9 (from the King James of 1611)

    1: 8: All things are full of labour; man cannot utter it:
    the eye is not satisfied with seeing nor the ear
    filled with hearing.
    13: I, Ecclesiastes, gave my heart to seek & search out
    by wisdom concerning all things that are done under heaven:
    15: That which is crooked cannot be made straight & that
    which is wanting cannot be numbered.
    17: I gave my heart to know wisdom & to know madness & folly:
    I perceived that this is vexation of spirit. For in much wisdom
    is much grief & he that increases knowledge increases sorrow.

    2: 1: I said in my heart, Go to now, I will prove thee with mirth
    therefore enjoy pleasure: & behold this is also vanity.
    10: Whatsoever my eyes desired I kept not from them, I
    withheld not my heart from any joy. Behold, all was vanity
    & vexation of spirit & there was no profit under the sun.
    17: Therefore I hated life; because all is vanity.

    3: 1: To every thing there is a season, & a time to every
    purpose under heaven.
    10: I have seen the travail, which God has given to the sons of men
    to be exercised in it.

    5:10: He that loveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver; nor he
    that loveth abundance with increase, this is also vanity.

    6:7: All the labour of man is for his mouth & yet the appetite is not filled.

    7:20: There is not a just man upon Earth that doeth good & sinneth not.

    9:18: Wisdom is better than weapons of war; but one sinner destroyeth much good.

    19: Rejoice, O young man, in thy youth & walk in the ways of thine heart: but know thou
    that for all these things God will bring thee into judgment.

    Freddie, I love the psalms, how could I not. My namesake.
    Poetry of the heart. Mystical. Beautiful.
    The two books of biblios that most touch me deeply
    are the Psalms & Ecclesiastes.
    Had to lay this on you, knowing how deep your faith keeps you strong.
    May you always walk in the power & the glory, my cowbirding friend.

    Peace brother.

    Post Script: Authorship of the book is usually attributed to King Solomon. The work emphatically proclaims all the actions of man to be inherently "vain", "futile", "empty", "meaningless", "temporary", "transitory", "fleeting," or "mere breath," depending on translation, as the lives of both wise and foolish men end in death.

    While Qoheleth (the preacher man Ecclesiastes), clearly endorses wisdom as a means for a well-lived earthly life, he is unable to ascribe eternal meaning to it. In light of this perceived senselessness, he suggests that one should enjoy the simple pleasures of daily life, such as eating, drinking, and taking enjoyment in one's work, which are gifts from the hand of God.

    American 20th-century novelist Thomas Wolfe wrote: "Of all I have ever seen or learned, that book seems to me the noblest, the wisest, and the most powerful expression of man’s life upon this earth — and also the highest flower of poetry, eloquence, and truth. I am not given to dogmatic judgments in the matter of literary creation, but if I had to make one I could say that Ecclesiastes is the greatest single piece of writing I have ever known, and the wisdom expressed in it the most lasting and profound."

    (source: Wikipedia)
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