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p Behold, O Lord, thou haft inade our Days as an Hand-breadth; and our Age is as nothing before thee.
9 All Flesh is as Grafs, and all the Glory of Man as the Flower of Grass. The Grass withereth, and the Flower thereof falleth away. As for Man, his Days are as Grafs : As a Flower of the Field, fo he flouritheth; for the Wind paffeth over it, and it is gone, and the Place thereof shall know it no more. We all do fade as á Leaf. ;
- Man fleeth also as a Shadow, and continueth not; his Days are like a Shadow that declineth ; and there is none abiding.
Our Days are swifter than a Post. They are passed away as the swift Ships. We spend our Years as a Tale that is told.
+ Here we have no continuing City, but are Strangers and Sojourners before the Lord, as were all our Fathers. For what is our Life? It is even a Vapour that appeareth for a little Time, and then vanilheth away.
• We dwell in Houses of Clay, whose Foundation is in the Dust, which are crushed before the Moth. There is but a Step between us and Death.
Man also knoweth not his Time; but as the Fifhes that are taken in an evil Ner, and as the Birds that are caught in the Snare, fo are the Sons of Men snared in an evil Time, when it falleth fuddenly upon them.
P Pral. 39. 5.
1 Chron. 29. 15. 'Pfal. 90. 9. I Heb. 13. 14.
1 Cor. • Job 9. 25, 26. James 4• 14.
w Job 4. 19. 29. 15.
f 1 Sam. 29. 3• Ecclef. g. 12
x One dieth in his full Strength, being wholly at Ease and Quiet ; his Breasts are full of Milk, and his Bones are moistened with Marrow. Another diein in the Bitterness of his Soul, and never eateth with Pleasure; his Days are spent without Hope, and the Nunber of his Months is cut off in the midst. And another faith to his Soul, Soul, thou hast much Goods laid up for many Years, take thine Eare, eat, drink, and be merry; and yet that very Night his Soul shall be required of him.
y All Fleth shall perish together. In a Moment fall they die; and the Mighty shall be taken away without Hand.
Lord, make us to know our End, and the Measure of Days, what it is; that we may know how frail we are.
The Pain and TROUBLE he is subject to. a Man is born unto Trouble, as the Sparks fly upwards.
b Though the Days of Man are few, yet they are full of Trouble. Few and evil are the Days of the Years of our Pilgrimage.
All the Days of Man åre Sorrows, and his Travail Grief, His Flesh npon him shall have Pain, and his Soul within him fhall mourn.
• Many Evils and Troubles continually befal him. He is liable to all Manner of Sickness, and all manner of Diseases ; und through Fear of Death, he is all his Life-time fubject to Bondage.
* Job 21. 23, 24, 25. Job 7. 6. Job 21. 21.
2 Pfal. 39. 40
c Ecclefi 2. 23. Job Deut."31. 17. Mat. 4. 23. Heb. 2. 15
19, 20. 5. 7. 14. 22
e All Things are full of Labour, Man cannot utter it. And Core is the Travail which God hath given to the Sons of Men, to be exercised therewith.
* The whole Creation groaneth and travaileth in Pain together until now; and we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the Redemption of our Body: For we are not yet come to the Rest, and to the Inheritance which the Lord our God giveth us.
The VANITY of Human CONDITION. & Who knoweth what is good for Man in this. Life, all the Days of his vain Life, which he spendeth as a Shadow ?
Surely every Man walketh in a vain Shew; furely they are disquieted in vain.
· Men of low Degree are Vanity, and Men of high Degree are a Lie. Verily, every Man at his best State is altogether Vanity..
k: The Thoughts of Men are Vanity.
1 Our Conversation received by Tradition from our Fathers, is vain.
m And what Profit hath a Man of all his Laa bour which he taketh, and of the Vexation of his Heart wherein he hath laboured under the Sun ?
^ He laboureth in vain, he fpendeth his Strength for nought.
e Ecclef. 1. 8, 13.
f Rom. 8. 22, 23,
Deut. 12. 9. g Ecclef. 6. 12.
1 1 Pet. 1. 18. 39. 5.
m. Ecclef. Eccles, 2, 22. A q lfa. 49.4.
• Though we have made us great Works, and built us Houses, and planted Vineyards, and made Gardens and Orchards, and planted Trees in them of all kind of Fruit : And Though we have gotten great Poffessions of great and small Cattle; and have gathered also Silver and Gold, and the peculiar Treasure of Kings and of Provinces; and have gotten Men-singers and Women-singers, and the Delights of the Sons of Men, as musical Instruments, and that of all sorts. · And though whatsoever our Eyes desired we have not kept from them, and have not withheld our Hearts from any Joy; yet when we look on all the Works that our Hands have wrought, and on the Labour that we have laboured to do, behold all is Vanity and Vexation of Spirit, and there is no Profit under the Sun.
P And if we prove our Hearts with Mirth, and say to them, Enjoy Pleasure; we fhall say of Laughter, It is mad; and of Mirth, What doth it?
If we apply our Hearts to know Wisdom, and to see the Business that is done upon the Earth; we shall perceive that this also is Vexation of Spirit: For in much Wisdom is much Griet; and he that increaseth Knowledge, increaseth Sorrow,
Neither cap a Man find out the Work that is done under the Sun. Because though a Man labour to seek it out, yet he shall not find it; yea, though a wife Man think to know it, yet shall he not be able to find it.
s Moreover of making many Books there is no End; and much Study is a Weariness to the Flesh.
o Ecclef. 2. 4, 5, 7, 8, 10, 18. 9 Ecclef. 8, 16.
Ecclef. 1. 17, 18. s Ecclef. 12. 12.
P Ecclef. 2. I, 2.
r Eccles. 3. 17.
! And how dieth the wise Man? As the Fool. For there is ro Remembrance of the wife Man more than of the Fool for ever.
u If a Man beget an hundred Children, and live many Years, and his Labour is in Wisdom, and in Knowledge, and in Equity; who knoweth whether the Man that thall be after him, unto whom he shall leave all his Labour which he hath taken, shall be a wise Man or a Fool? Yet shall he have Rule over all the Labour wherein he hath laboured, and wherein he hath shewed himself wise under the Sun. This is also Vaniiy.
w Wifdom excelle:h Foliv, as far as Light excelleih Darkness ; yet is Folly oftentimes set in . great Dignity, and the Rich set in low Place.
x Wisdom is better than Strength ; nevertheless the poor Man's Wisdom is despised, and his Words are not heard.
y Again, I considered all Travail, and every sight Work; that for this a Man is envied of his Neighbour. This is also Vanity and Vexation of Spirit.
2 Labour not to be rich; for Riches certainly make themselves Wings, and fly away. Why then Thouldlt thou fet rhine Eyes upon that which is not? For the Sun is no fooner rifen with a burning Heat, but it withereth the Grass, and the Flower thereof faileth, and the Grace of the
t Ecclel. 2. 16. # Ecclef. 6. 3. Eccles. 2. 21, 19, 18. for Ecclef. 2. 13. Ecclef. 10. 6.
* Ecclef. 9. 36.
y Eccler, 4. 4. z Prov. 23. 4, 5, James 1. Ir.