11 The LORD knows the thoughts of man, and that they are vanity.1 [Paul, addressing crucified believers, wrote: "we also all had our conduct in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the thoughts of our mind." Eph 2:3. From the Word of the Lord within: "The mind is not subject to the law, nor can it be. We labor with a cursed mind for the carnal mind is neither subject to the law of God, nor can it be. That which is in the enmity must die. All thoughts must be rejected." Grace destroys the sinful nature with its carnal mind.]
17 Therefore, this I say and testify in the Lord, that from this time forward you must not walk as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, [which is to think thoughts with the carnal mind of man, which must be destroyed, to be replaced by the mind of Christ. From the Word of the Lord within: "Your thoughts are not my thoughts. At best your thoughts are a vain hiss. It is many thoughts that make the mortal man. Those who follow their own brain will weep and mourn; there will be great pain. The mind is a terrible thing."]
2 Everyone speaks vanity to his neighbor; they speak with flattering lips and with a double heart.
2 O you sons of men, how long will you turn my glory into shame? How long will you love vanity and seek after deception? Selah.
|Ecclesiastes 7:6,2:1 |
6 For as the crackling [sound of burning] of thorns under a pot, so is the laughter of the fool; this also is vanity.
1 I said in my heart, "Come now, I will test you with merriment, therefore enjoy pleasure;" and, behold, this also is vanity.