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Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not?
Like other biblical counsel (see Ecclesiastes 2:1–11, Responsive Reading), this rhetorical question warns against reliance on material riches and pleasures. Christ Jesus presents a similar caution (see Luke 12:16–21), and I Timothy 6:17 urges trust “in the living God” rather than in “uncertain riches.” Spiritual treasure—the knowledge of God—is to be desired above all else.
The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem. Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity.
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Resources cited in this issue
Cit. 1: Mays, James Luther, et al., eds. Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching. Vol. 15, Psalms. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox, 1982–.
Cit. 15: Hindson, Edward E., and Dan Mitchell. Zondervan King James Version Commentary: New Testament. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2010.
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