“Man is like to vanity; his days are like a shadow that passes” (Psalm 144:4).
My mind recently has been reinforced, not only with the truth that man is like to a vaporous vanity and a shadow that passes, but also that youth, strength, vigor, and prime of life comprise one big bundle of vanity:
“So then remove vexation from your heart, and put away evil from your flesh. For childhood and prime of life are vanity” (Ecclesiastes 11:10).
The sober, considerate, and wise conclusion set forth in Ecclesiastes:
“The Preacher sought to find out pleasing words, and words of truth written on uprightness. The words of the wise are as goads; yea, as nails driven by the masters of collections, they are given from one Shepherd. And more than these, my son, be warned: The making of many books has no end, and much study is the weariness of the flesh. Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep His commandments; for this applies to every man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with all that is hidden, whether it is good, or whether it is evil” (Ecclesiastes 12:10-14).