E C C L E S I A S T E S
Solomon had given many proofs and instances of the
vanity of this world and the things of it; now, in this chapter, I.
He recommends to us some good means proper to be used for the
redress of these grievances and the arming of ourselves against the
mischief we are in danger of from them, that we may make the best
of the bad, as 1. Care of our reputation, ver. 1. 2. Seriousness, ver. 2-6. 3. Calmness of spirit, ver. 7-10. 4. Prudence in the
management of all our affairs, ver.
11, 12. 5. Submission to the will of God in all events,
accommodating ourselves to every condition, ver. 13-15. 6. A conscientious avoiding of
all dangerous extremes, ver.
16-18. 7. Mildness and tenderness towards those that
have been injurious to us, ver.
19-22. In short, the best way to save ourselves from the
vexation which the vanity of the world creates us is to keep our
temper and to maintain a strict government of our passions. II. He
laments his own iniquity, as that which was more vexatious than any
of these vanities, that mystery of iniquity, the having of many
wives, by which he was drawn away from God and his duty, ver. 23-29.