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Solomon learned that pursuing wisdom, pleasure, and work was meaningless apart from God. Only God gives meaning to everything we do.

BibleGateway: Ecclesiastes 2:17-26

ESV Text: Ecclesiastes 2:17-26

KJV Text:

The section starts at about 2:34 and ends at about 4:25

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     17 Therefore I hated life; because the work that is wrought under the sun is grievous unto me: for all is vanity and vexation of spirit. 18 Yea, I hated all my labour which I had taken under the sun: because I should leave it unto the man that shall be after me. 19 And who knoweth whether he shall be a wise man or a fool? yet shall he have rule over all my labour wherein I have laboured, and wherein I have shewed myself wise under the sun. This is also vanity. 20 Therefore I went about to cause my heart to despair of all the labour which I took under the sun. 21 For there is a man whose labour is in wisdom, and in knowledge, and in equity; yet to a man that hath not laboured therein shall he leave it for his portion. This also is vanity and a great evil. 22 For what hath man of all his labour, and of the vexation of his heart, wherein he hath laboured under the sun? 23 For all his days are sorrows, and his travail grief; yea, his heart taketh not rest in the night. This is also vanity. 24 There is nothing better for a man, than that he should eat and drink, and that he should make his soul enjoy good in his labour. This also I saw, that it was from the hand of God. 25 For who can eat, or who else can hasten hereunto, more than I? 26 For God giveth to a man that is good in his sight wisdom, and knowledge, and joy: but to the sinner he giveth travail, to gather and to heap up, that he may give to him that is good before God. This also is vanity and vexation of spirit.(KJV)

Hymn: TLH 407:
Farewell I Gladly Bid Thee

— Organ Audio

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1. Farewell I gladly bid Thee, 
False, evil world, farewell. 
Thy life is vain and sinful, 
With Thee I would not dwell. 
I long to be in heaven, 
In that untroubled sphere 
Where they will be rewarded 
Who served their God while here. 

2. By Thy good counsel lead me, 
O Son of God, my Stay; 
In each perplexing trial 
Help me, O Lord, I pray. 
Mine hour of sorrow shorten, 
Support my fainting heart, 
From every cross deliver, 
The crown of life impart. 

3. When darkness round me gathers, 
Thy name and cross, still bright, 
Deep in my heart are sparkling 
Like stars in blackest night. 
O heart, this image cherish: 
The Christ on Calvary, 
How patiently He suffered 
And shed His blood for me! 

4. Lord, hide my soul securely 
Deep in Thy wounded side; 
From every danger shield me 
And to Thy glory guide. 
He has been truly blessed 
Who reaches heaven above; 
He has found perfect healing 
Who rests upon Thy love. 

5. Lord, write my name, I pray Thee, 
Now in the Book of Life 
And with all true believers 
Take me where joys are rife. 
There let me bloom and flourish, 
Thy perfect freedom prove, 
And tell, as I adore Thee, 
How faithful was Thy love. 

Hymn: LSB 533 Jesus Has Come and Brings Pleasure