Nothing really matters in the end except Christ crucified and risen for our salvation.

Scripture: Ecclesiastes 2:1-12

ESV Text: Ecclesiastes 2:1-12


KJV Text:

(Alt. audio): Chapter: 2

     1 I said in mine heart, Go to now, I will prove thee with mirth, therefore enjoy pleasure: and, behold, this also is vanity. 2 I said of laughter, It is mad: and of mirth, What doeth it? 3 I sought in mine heart to give myself unto wine, yet acquainting mine heart with wisdom; and to lay hold on folly, till I might see what was that good for the sons of men, which they should do under the heaven all the days of their life. 4 I made me great works; I builded me houses; I planted me vineyards: 5 I made me gardens and orchards, and I planted trees in them of all kind of fruits: 6 I made me pools of water, to water therewith the wood that bringeth forth trees: 7 I got me servants and maidens, and had servants born in my house; also I had great possessions of great and small cattle above all that were in Jerusalem before me: 8 I gathered me also silver and gold, and the peculiar treasure of kings and of the provinces: I gat me men singers and women singers, and the delights of the sons of men, as musical instruments, and that of all sorts. 9 So I was great, and increased more than all that were before me in Jerusalem: also my wisdom remained with me. 10 And whatsoever mine eyes desired I kept not from them, I withheld not my heart from any joy; for my heart rejoiced in all my labour: and this was my portion of all my labour. 11 Then I looked on all the works that my hands had wrought, and on the labour that I had laboured to do: and, behold, all was vanity and vexation of spirit, and there was no profit under the sun.

     12 And I turned myself to behold wisdom, and madness, and folly: for what can the man do that cometh after the king? even that which hath been already done.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 430:
What Is the World to Me

Hymnary.org — Organ Audio

1. What is the world to me 
With all its vaunted pleasure 
When Thou, and Thou alone, 
Lord Jesus, art my Treasure! 
Thou only, dearest Lord, 
My soul’s Delight shalt be; 
Thou art my Peace, my Rest,- 
What is the world to me! 

2. The would is like a cloud 
And like a vapor fleeting, 
A shadow that declines, 
Swift to its end retreating. 
My Jesus doth abide, 
Though all things fade and flee; 
My everlasting Rock,- 
What is the world to me! 

3. The world seeks to be praised 
And honored by the mighty, 
Yet never once reflects 
That they are frail and flighty. 
But what I truly prize 
Above all things is He, 
My Jesus, He alone,- 
What is the world to me! 

4. The world seeks after wealth 
And all that Mammon offers, 
Yet never is content 
Though gold should fill it coffers. 
I have a higher good, 
Content with it I’ll be: 
My Jesus is my Wealth,- 
What is the world to me! 

5. The world is sorely grieved 
Whenever it is slighted 
Or when its hollow fame 
And honor have been blighted. 
Christ, Thy reproach I bear 
Long as it pleaseth Thee; 
I’m honored by my Lord,- 
What is the world to me! 

6. The world with wanton pride 
Exalts its sinful pleasures 
And for them foolishly 
Gives up the heavenly treasures. 
Let others love the world 
With all its vanity; 
I love the Lord, my God,- 
What is the world to me! 

7. The world abideth not; 
Lo, like a flash ’twill vanish; 
With all it gorgeous pomp 
Pale death it cannot banish; 
Its riches pass away, 
And all its joys must flee; 
But Jesus doth abide,- 
What is the world to me! 

8. What is the world to me! 
My Jesus is my Treasure, 
My Life, my Health, my Wealth, 
My Friend, my Love, my Pleasure, 
My Joy, my Crown, my All, 
My Bliss eternally. 
Once more, then, I declare: 
What is the world to me! 


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