Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
Thus I considered all my activities which my hands had done and the labor which I had exerted, and behold all was vanity and striving after wind and there was no profit under the sun.
For the fate of the sons of men and the fate of beasts is the same. As one dies so dies the other; indeed, they all have the same breath and there is no advantage for man over beast, for all is vanity.
I have seen that every labor and every skill which is done is the result of rivalry between a man and his neighbor This too is vanity and striving after wind.
He who loves money will not be satisfied with money, nor he who loves abundance with its income. This too is vanity.
For there are many words which increase futility. What then is the advantage to a man?
Indeed, if a man should live many years, let him rejoice in them all, and let him remember the days of darkness, for they will be many. Everything that is to come will be futility.
"Vanity of vanities," says the Preacher, "all is vanity!"
"Behold, You have made my days as handbreadths, And my lifetime as nothing in Your sight; Surely every man at his best is a mere breath. Selah.
Men of low degree are only vanity and men of rank are a lie; In the balances they go up; They are together lighter than breath.
Man is like a mere breath; His days are like a passing shadow.
For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it, in hope