James Nisbet Commentary - Ecclesiastes 1:9 - 1:9

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James Nisbet Commentary - Ecclesiastes 1:9 - 1:9

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‘The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.’


Speaking of the monotony of human life, notice:—

I. However mean and monotonous life may seem, it is essentially sublime.—‘Under the sun’; but there is a world beyond; and just so far as this life beneath the sun is linked in with the world above the sun is this life worth having.

II. The monotony of human life gives us a necessary inducement to commune with the eternal world.

III. The monotony of life is the severest test of character and service. The monotonous spaces of life may profit us just as largely as sensational periods.