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Work and Ecclesiastes

Work and Ecclesiastes

The author of Ecclesiastes understood work. His career was an unparalleled success, yet half way through his life, he came crashing to earth. His lessons from the top are just as applicable today as they were 3,000 years ago. Qoheleth (“the teacher” of Ecclesiastes) did some of the most significant work of his day: “I undertook great projects: I built houses for myself and planted vineyards. I made gardens and parks and planted all kinds of fruit trees in them. I made reservoirs to water groves of flourishing trees…” From public works to sprawling homes, Qoheleth was a builder. Yet he found his work utterly meaningless. “So I hated life, because the work that is done under the sun was grievous to me. All of it is meaningless, a chasing after the wind.” He hated life, despite enormous professional success and wealth. What could lead to this gnawing despair? He goes on to explain: “I hated all the things I had toiled for under the sun, because I must...

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