Vanity, warns Ecclesiastes in the Holy Bible, “All is vanity.” Ecc. 1:2. And the writer, King Solomon, goes on to mention this 31 times in 27 verses according to the ESV translation. So what is the meaning of this word? The Book of Ecclesiastes is found within the Old Testament portion of the Bible, originally written in Hebrew there are 5 words which describe the word vanity.
H205 ‘aven ä·ven’ iniquity, wicked (ness), vanity, affliction, mischief, unrighteous, evil, false, idol, mourners, mourning, nought, sorrow, unjust, vain
H1892 hebel heh’vel vanity, vain, altogether
H7385 riyq rēk vain, vanity, no purpose, empty, vain thing
H7723 shav’ shäv vain, vanity, false, lying, falsely, lies
H8414 tohuw tō’·hü vain, vanity, confusion, without form, wilderness, nought, nothing, empty place, waste
*H numbers are from Strongs Concordance; http://strongs-concordance.com/
As we can see, from the various meanings it is hardly a positive or healthy outlook!
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