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"Don't weary yourself trying to get rich. Why waste
your time? For riches can disappear as though they
had the wings of a bird!" Proverbs 23:4-5
All earthly portions are very uncertain; now they are¬óand
shortly they are not! Though the foolish world calls riches
substance¬óyet they have no solid subsistence. All earthly
portions are as transitory as a shadow, a ship, a bubble,
a bird, a dream, an arrow, a runner who passes swiftly
away. Riches were never true to any who have trusted in
them. All earthly things are vain and transitory, they are
rather phantoms and shadows¬óthan real things themselves.
All the glory of this world is rather a matter of shadow, than
of substance; it is a body without a soul; it is a golden shell
without a kernel; it is a shadow without a substance. There
is no firmness, there is no solidness, there is no consistency,
there is no constancy in any of the creatures. All the pomp,
and state, and glory of the world is but a mere painted
pageantry, a mask, a comedy, a fantasy!
Look! As the rainbow shows itself in all its dainty colors,
and then vanishes away¬óso do all worldly honors, riches,
and preferments show themselves¬óand then vanish away!
A storm at sea, a spark of fire, an unfaithful employee,
a false oath, or a treacherous friend¬ómay quickly bring
a man to sit with Job upon an ash-heap!
Look! As the bird flies from tree to tree¬óso all the riches,
honors, and glory of this world¬ófly from man to man!
There is nothing but vanity and uncertainty in all earthly portions.