Solomon continues on the discourse of labor. No matter what we do labor is involved and we are never satisfied. Again he talks about the cycle of life, what is done has been done before and will be done again. As I read this an old song came to my mind, “Kay Sera Sera” meaning whatever will be, will be.
Then he says a phrase that is repeated many times throughout Ecclesiastes there is no new thing “under the sun”. The phrase “under the sun” is repeated 29 times in 27 verses.
We forget the past which sometimes makes us repeat the same mistakes. As we read through the verses it makes us realize that things don’t change. The scene is the same but the characters are different. We are doing the same things they did years ago. Obviously the technology has changed but the minds and actions of people are the same.
My take on these verses, learn, learn, learn. Yes, we have to work, everything has labor attached to it whether it is washing a dish to getting ready for bed. We have to put forth effort (labor) to accomplish something.
Where are you putting your effort (labor)? What do you spend the most time doing? Where can you better put your effort?
Ponder the questions and join me the next time as I continue looking at Ecclesiastes and the questions that Solomon raises.