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BOOK III.

Texts chiefly alluded to in this Book. Or eter the silver cord be loosed, or the golden bowl be broken

or the pitcher be broken at the fountain, or the wheel broker

at the cistern, Eccles, chap. xii. ver. 6. The sun also ariseth, and the sun goeth down, and hasteth 10

his place where he arose, chap. i. ver. 5. The wind goeth toward the south, and turneth about unto the north; it whirleth about continually: and the wind return

eth again according to his circuits, ver. 6. All the rivers run into the sea; yet the sea is not full: unto the

place from whence the rivers come, thither they return again,

ver. 7. Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was; and the spirit

shall return unto God who gave it, chap. xii. ver. 7. Now when Solomon had made an end of praying, the fire came

down from heaven and consumed the burnt-offering and the sacrifices ; and the glory of the Lord filled the house, 2 Chron.

chap. vii. ver. 1. By the rivers of Babylon there we sat down; yea, we wept,

when we remembered Zion, &c. Psal. cxxxvii. ver. 1. I said of laughter, It is mad: and of mirth, What doth it?

Eccles, chap. ii. ver. 2. -No man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end, chap.ili. ver. 11. Vhatsoever God doeth, it shall be for ever; nothing can be pur 10 it, nor uny thing taken from it: and God doeth it, that men

should fear before him, ver. 14. Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter; Fear God, and

keep his commandments for this is the whole duty of man chap. xii. ver. 13.

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Solomon confiders man through the several ftages and conditions of life, and concludes, in general, that we are all miferable. He reflects more particularly upon the trouble and uncertainty of greatness and power, Bives fome iftances thereof trom Adam down to himielf; and ftil concludes that ALL IS VANITY. He reasons again upon life, death, and a future being ; finds human wisdom too imperteet to resolve his doubts ; has recourfe to religion; is informed by an angel what thall happen to himself, his family, and his kingdom, till the redemption af Ifrael: and, upon the wbole, refolves to fubinit his enquirics and anxiecies to the will of his Creator

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