New Defender's Study Bible Notes
2:2 of laughter, It is mad. The modern addiction to “comedy” and amusements of various kinds was tried by Solomon long ago, and was found to be “mad,” producing nothing of value. There is no New Testament record of Jesus or the apostles either laughing or inducing laughter in others by humorous preaching. Instead, Jesus said: “Woe unto you that laugh now! for ye shall mourn and weep” (Luke 6:25). And the Apostle James wrote: “Let your laughter be turned to mourning” (James 4:9).
2:9 before me in Jerusalem. Assuming that Solomon was the author of Ecclesiastes (note Ecclesiastes 1:1), then there had been only one king in Jerusalem before Solomon. David had taken Jerusalem from the Jebusites, so only David and his other sons (especially Absalom) could have accumulated wealth on a large scale. In any case, Solomon found that wealth and all it could purchase were completely unsatisfying in themselves. The New Testament also warns frequently of the deceptive allure of riches (I Timothy 6:10,17; James 5:1-3; etc.).
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.