New Defender's Study Bible Notes
2:24 good in his labour. This obviously is the natural viewpoint of people whose lives are centered “under the sun” (Ecclesiastes 1:14). In fact, such a viewpoint would have been appropriate in the world as originally created by God. He did provide abundant wholesome food and drink for all His creatures, and fruitful labor was a part of His “very good” creation. All of this would indeed have been a source of great joy to all, had sin and the curse not intervened to change everything.
2:24 hand of God. It is significant that the writer of Ecclesiastes never uses the name “LORD” (i.e., Jehovah, or Yahweh), the personal, redemptive name of God used so pervasively in the Old Testament. It is always “God” (Hebrew elohim), the name especially identifying Him as the omnipotent Creator. All men, both saved and unsaved, can and should recognize God as their Creator, but only those who are saved can really know Him as their personal Redeemer.