Ecclesiastes 1:1-3, 13-14 -- The words of the Teacher, son of David, king in Jerusalem: "Meaningless! Meaningless!" says the Teacher. "Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless." What does man gain from all his labor at which he toils under the sun?

Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil.

Ecclesiastes 4 Commentary of the Bible

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Ambition  ( Ecclesiastes 4:1-8 )  Daily Devotion

And I saw that all labor and achievement spring from man's envy of his neighbor. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind (Ecclesiastes 4:4).

How accurately this records what is happening in human history! People really do not want things; they want to be admired for the things they have. What they want is not the new car itself but to hear their neighbors say, How lucky you are to have such a beautiful car!

Why does God allow This?  ( Ecclesiastes 4:1-5:20 )  Sunday Message

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In Ecclesiastes 4 and 5, the ancient Searcher of Israel answers a question all of us have asked at one time or another.

Two Are Better Than One  ( Ecclesiastes 4:9-16 )  Daily Devotion

Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up! Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12).