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15 Bible Verses about Futility Of Worldly Pursuits

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Ecclesiastes 1:14

I have seen all the things that are done under the sun and have found everything to be futile, a pursuit of the wind.

Ecclesiastes 6:9

Better what the eyes see than wandering desire. This too is futile and a pursuit of the wind.

Ecclesiastes 2:21

When there is a man whose work was done with wisdom, knowledge, and skill, and he must give his portion to a man who has not worked for it, this too is futile and a great wrong.

1 Timothy 6:17-19

Instruct those who are rich in the present age not to be arrogant or to set their hope on the uncertainty of wealth, but on God, who richly provides us with all things to enjoy. Instruct them to do what is good, to be rich in good works, to be generous, willing to share, storing up for themselves a good reserve for the age to come, so that they may take hold of life that is real.

Mark 8:36-37

For what does it benefit a man to gain the whole world yet lose his life? What can a man give in exchange for his life?

Job 20:4-5

Don’t you know that ever since antiquity,
from the time man was placed on earth, the joy of the wicked has been brief
and the happiness of the godless has lasted only a moment?

Psalm 17:14

With Your hand, Lord, save me from men,
from men of the world
whose portion is in this life:
You fill their bellies with what You have in store;
their sons are satisfied,
and they leave their surplus to their children.

Luke 16:25-26

“‘Son,’ Abraham said, ‘remember that during your life you received your good things, just as Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here, while you are in agony. Besides all this, a great chasm has been fixed between us and you, so that those who want to pass over from here to you cannot; neither can those from there cross over to us.’

Ecclesiastes 12:8

“Absolute futility,” says the Teacher. “Everything is futile.”

1 Corinthians 3:19

For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God, since it is written:He catches the wise in their craftiness;

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