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The sooner we reach this conclusion

(William S. Plumer, "A Treatise on

" Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher,

vanity of vanities; all is vanity. " Ecclesiastes 1:2

How vain are all merely earthly possessions!

How unstable is popular favour!

How uncertain are riches!

How soon our pleasures may be followed by pains!

When parents rejoice at the birth of a child, they
know not how soon they may weep over his dead
body, without an assurance that his soul is saved.

Solomon thoroughly tried the world. His sober inspired
judgment was that all was utterly meaningless! The
sooner we reach this conclusion
wiser shall we be!

"Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter:

Fear God, and keep his commandments:

for this is the whole duty of man.

For God shall bring every work into judgment,

with every secret thing, whether it be good,

or whether it be evil." Ecclesiastes 12:13-14

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