Futility, Vanity, and Emptiness

Some activities are futile, vain, or empty.  They are unprofitable, fruitless, pointless.

Romans 8:20  –  “For the creation was subjected to futility…”

2 Corinthians 6:1  –  It is vain to receive the grace of God but do nothing with it (1 Corinthians 15:10).

Galatians 2:2  –  “…for fear that I might be running, or had run, in vain.”

Ephesians 4:17, 18, 19  –  “…that you walk no longer just as the Gentiles also walk, in the futility of their mind, being darkened in their understanding…”

Philippians 2:14, 15, 16 – “…so that in the day of Christ I will have reason to glory because I did not run in vain nor toil in vain.”

2 Timothy 3:7  –  It is futile to be always learning but never come to the knowledge of truth (John 8:31-32).

Hebrews 4:2  –  There’s no profit in hearing the word of God if we don’t believe it.  It works in us as we believe it (1 Thessalonians 2:13).  To hear the word of God without acting on it is folly (Ezekiel 33:30-33).

2 Peter 2:20  –  It is worse than pointless to learn the way of righteousness and then turn away from it.


Ecclesiastes 1:2  –  “’Vanity of vanities,”’ says the Preacher, ‘Vanity of vanities! All is vanity.’”

Ecclesiastes 2:1  –  “I said to myself, ‘Come now, I will test you with pleasure. So enjoy yourself.’  And behold, it too was futility.”

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