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Commentary on Ecclesiastes

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1, 1 :

Qoheleth: see Introduction.

1, 2 :

Vanity of vanities: a Hebrew superlative expressing the supreme degree of futility and emptiness.

1, 3 :

Under the sun: used throughout this book to signify “on the earth.”

1, 8 :

All speech … man can say: or “All things are wearisome beyond man's power to tell.”

1, 11 :

Men remember nothing long; God, however, never forgets.

1, 14 :

Chase after wind: futility, like an attempt to corral the winds. Cf Hos 12, 2 . The ancient versions understood “affliction of spirit.” These words are used to conclude sections of the discourse, as far as Eccl 6, 9 .

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