Vanity of Vanities: Notes on Ecclesiastes is a new Biblical resource written by Andy Sochor. From the Preface:
People want to live life with a purpose. Yet many, after trying to find fulfillment in various pursuits, eventually reach the conclusion that, in the end, their efforts, goals, and accomplishments are meaningless. They come to realize, as the wise man discovered, that “all is vanity” (Ecclesiastes 1:2).
Solomon did what many attempt to do—find purpose or fulfillment through the various pursuits of this life. His unique position allowed him to do whatever he chose to do and acquire whatever possessions he desired. But despite all of the riches and freedom he had, he could not find purpose in life. He was left with the inescapable conclusion: man’s purpose is to “fear God and keep His commandments” (Ecclesiastes 12:13).
The book of Ecclesiastes contains lessons learned from the pursuit of wealth, wisdom, labor, and power. It shows us that real happiness and fulfillment are not obtained by focusing on life under the sun, but by looking past this life to what awaits our spirits after death.
My intent in writing this commentary was not to anticipate and address every question that might arise from the text. Such exhaustive commentaries, while valuable, can sometimes provide so much information that they become difficult to use and understand. My goal was to explain the text in a simple and concise way so that it can be easily used by all Bible students. I hope my efforts here will help you in your study of Ecclesiastes.
Attractively laid out and easily referenced, Vanity of Vanities could be a handy tool for personal study or an adult Bible class. Commentary is based on the New American Standard version of Ecclesiastes. A variety of excerpts are freely available for preview via Gospel Armory:
- Rejoice and Do Good (3:12-13)
- No Comfort for the Oppressed (4:1)
- Ineffective Government Bureaucracy (5:8)
- The Song of Fools (7:5)
- Because of the Oath Before God (8:2)
- When the Sentence is Not Executed Quickly (8:11)
- Time and Chance (9:11)
- Directed Toward the Right (10:2)