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Introduction

\\INTRODUCTION TO ECCLESIASTES 6\\

The wise man goes on to expose the vanity of riches, as possessed by a
covetous man, who makes no use of them; an evil, and a common one under
the sun, \\#Ec 6:1\\; Who is described by the good things he has; which he
has not a power to enjoy, but a stranger enjoys them, \\#Ec 6:2\\; by his
numerous offspring and long life; yet neither is he satisfied with good
in life, nor has he a burial at death; wherefore an abortive is
preferred unto him, \\#Ec 6:3\\; For though many things may be said of that
which are disagreeable, yet worse of him, and that has more rest than
he; and besides, they both go to one place, the grave, \\#Ec 6:4-6\\; and
the vanity of an anxious labour for riches is further argued from the
use of them, at most and best, which is only for the body, and the
sustenance of it, but cannot satisfy the mind or soul, \\#Ec 6:7\\; and
this use a fool can make of, them, as well as a wise man; and a poor
man, that is knowing, diligent, and industrious to live, as well as the
rich, \\#Ec 6:8\\. Wherefore it is best to enjoy and be content with
present mercies, than to let loose the wandering desires after what may
never be had, \\#Ec 6:9\\; and especially it should be considered, that let
a man be in what circumstances he will, he is but a man; and these
circumstances are determined and appointed by God, which he cannot
alter; and therefore it is both vain and sinful to contend with him,
\\#Ec 6:10\\. And, after all, a man is never the better for his carking
cares and wandering desires, since there are so many things that
increase vanity, \\#Ec 6:11\\; and a man is so ignorant of what is good for
him for the present, and of what shall be after him, \\#Ec 6:12\\.