Ecclesiastes 11:8

But if a man lives many years, and rejoices in them all; yet let him remember the days of darkness; for they shall be many. All that comes is vanity.
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Didymus the Blind

AD 398
In the spiritual sense [this saying] is even more valid, for “young men” are those who are strong because they have the Word of God and because they have power against evil. John, for example, writes, “I write to you, young people, because you are strong and the Word of God abides in you, and you have overcome the evil one.” He certainly does not write to a certain age group in a physical sense but to a soul made young, since it has “clothed [itself] with the new self.”

George Leo Haydock

AD 1849
And the. Hebrew, "for they are many. What comes to pass is vanity. "(Montanus) Nothing can more effectually repress the love of this world, Ecclesiasticus vii. 40. After Solomon has presented the objections of the wicked, he comes to this conclusion.

Gregory The Dialogist

AD 604
He shows himself to live with prudence and circumspection. Considering the shortness of the present life, he does not look to the furtherance but to the ending of it, so as to understand from the end, that delights, while life is passing, amount to nothing. For so it is said by Solomon: “But if a man should live many years and rejoice in them all, yet let him remember the time of darkness, and the days that will be many; and when they come, the past will be convinced of vanity.” .

Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation - 2 Peter 1:20

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