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Of the Vanity and Vexation of Our Purfuits After Knowledge.

Of the Vanity and Vexation of Our Purfuits After Knowledge.

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY BENJAMIN JOWETT, M.A.

ECCLES. i. 18. For in much wifdom is much grief, and he that
increafeth knowledge increafeth for row.



BY BENJAMIN JOWETT, M.A.

ECCLES. i. 18. For in much wifdom is much grief, and he that
increafeth knowledge increafeth for row.



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Of the VANITY and VEXATION of our Purfuits after KNOWLEDGE. BY BENJAMIN JOWETT, M.A.ECCLES. i. 18. For in much wifdom is much grief, and he that increafeth knowledge increafeth for row. TH E fubjetf of this book is the fuprcme happinefs of man. The writer, a per-fon poffefled of every advantage, which either nature, or fortune, or grace itfelf could give. The refult of his inquiries, That all the va rious objedls of human wifhes, when confi-dered independently of religion, are but vanity and vexation of ffirit. Among the experi-? Preached before the Univerfity. ments DISCOURSE II. 21 mcnts he made to fatisfy himfelf on this
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important point, one of the firft which oc curred was, * to Jeek and fearch out by wifdom concerning all things that are done under hea ven. But when he had feen all the works that are done under the fun ; when -J- God had given him under/landing exceeding much even as the fand that is on the fea foore, and his fame was in all nations round about : he was forced at laft to come to this melancholy con-el ufion, that in much wifdom is much grief y and he that increafeth knowledge increafetb for row. Different fituations and circumftances expofc men to different temptations. There is indeed fcarce any fpecies of vice or folly, which does not wander, at fome time or other, into every rank and profeffion of life. But yet each has its peculiar abode, where it takes up its ufual refidence, and reigns with a mofc entire and defpotic fway. Avarice, ambition, voluptuoufnefs, feem to have little buiinefs in this place, where there are fo fewoccafions to call them forth into ad: ion : and we ate * Ecclef. i. 13, 14. f i Kings iv. 29, 31.
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C 3 there-22 D I S C O U R S E II. therefore lefs concerned than other men, in the inductions and cautions, which religion provides for our defence againft them. But if there be fuch a vice as intemperance in the purfuit of knowledge , here, one would think, is the proper fcene for it to appear and act ; and here therefore it may not be lofs of time to confider the doctrine advanced in my text, and fee if we can apply it to our own ufe. The world in which we live was certainly not intended for a ftate of blifs. If we fet out in life with this falfe notion of it, what ever mark we aim at, and whatever rout we purfue, we fhall be fure to find ourfelves difappointed. The goods of the mind, as they are ufually termed, may be more fpecious and reputable, but are not lefs empty and unfatis-factory, than thofe of a meaner clafs. They
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