The complaining continues. The phrase vain shew, means shadow, or something that has an appearance, but has no substance.
And therefore life is compared to a shadow, where a person hustles through life, accumulating the things of this world, perhaps success, perhaps prosperity, perhaps wealth. But, all of that is nothing more than a shadow, or things that have no real substance, as far as eternity is concerned.
And just as a shadow goes away, when the light goes away, so also the things a person accumulates in life, disappear to them, when their light of life comes to an end.
And yet people hustle through life, knowing all the while that life will come to an end, and eternity will begin, and yet they ignore their own preparation for eternity.
And so they accumulate the things of this life and of this world, which things amount to nothing, instead of accumulating spiritual preparation, which is Bible doctrine, which has a value greater than everything in the world combined. And in so doing end up with nothing to show for their life.
And at the end of the person’s life, all that they have from this world, will go to someone else. Your possessions go to family, or perhaps to the government. But where they end up, and perhaps even squandered, the deceased will never know.
And when it all comes down to the end of life, the person who ignores Bible doctrine and their spiritual life, and pursues the things of this world, will have nothing at the end of their life, just as they have nothing during their life.
All things in this world are temporary, and therefore amount to nothing, because they do not continue beyond this life.
Only Bible doctrine in the soul, which means you have to learn it, has intrinsic value, which goes beyond this life, and into all of eternity.
Better to invest in eternal possessions, than in temporary possessions.