The Preacher tries to apply wisdom to life on earth.
1. What does the Preacher say about what we see and hear?
v 8 All things are full of weariness beyond uttering. The eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing.
2. What did the Preacher set out to do?
v 13 I applied my heart to seek and to search out by wisdom, concerning all that is done under the sky ...
3. What does the Preacher conclude about all the works done under the sun?
v 14 I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and behold, all is vanity and a chasing after wind.
- v 1 to 3 All human activity is meaningless
- v 4 to 7 People and seasons come and go
- v 8 to 11 Natural life is unsatisfying and former things are forgotten
- v 12 to 18 The Preacher realises that human wisdom brings no lasting advantage. At the end of the book (chapter 12 v 13) he gives his conclusions. ... "Fear God and keep his commandments; for this is the whole duty of man."