Marlowe's Shade

Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Entry 1-25

The word "vanity" has come to mean obsessive pride in one's appearance or status. But the origin is in the Latin word vanus which means empty. In Ecclesiates, King Solomon says, "Vanity of vanities! All is vanity." . He is saying that all that we do or hope for is empty and meaningless. Watchman Nee would say that anything not of the spirit is vanity. That's what I came away with in my prayertime. Not only is there no good thing in me, but neither in the world. This was a hard truth for me to look at this morning as it was for Solomon. This is why Ecclesiates always seemed so existential and depressing.

Maybe that's why it's followed by the Song of Solomon.
papijoe 6:39 AM