Then I turned to consider wisdom and madness and folly; for what more can the king's successor do than what has already been accomplished?
Cross ReferencesEcclesiastes 1:9
What has been is what will be, and what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.
Is there a case where one can say, "Look, this is new"? It has already existed in the ages before us.
So I set my mind to know wisdom and madness and folly; I learned that this, too, is a pursuit of the wind.
What exists has already been, and what will be has already been, for God will call to account what has passed.
Chapter Outline1. the vanity of human courses is the work of pleasure
12. Though the wise be better than the fool, yet both have one event
18. The vanity of human labor, in leaving it they know not to whom
24. Nothing better than joy in our labor but that is God's gift
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