The conclusion of the series on Ecclesiastes gives hope in the ‘shadowlands’ in the last verses on fearing God, which is the beginning of wisdom.
‘Vanity of vanities… all is vanity’ (Eccles. 12:8). These were the Preacher’s first (see 1:2), and also his last words. The writer begins and ends his book by saying the same thing. Throughout Ecclesiastes, the Hebrew word for vanity has served as the Preacher’s multipurpose metaphor to express the frustration of life in a fallen […]