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Therefore I changed directions

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in life and I began to despair in my heart over all the toilsome toil at which I had toiled here on earth.


Therefore I changed directions from my previous perspective about life to one in which I surrounded my inner core with despair over all the irksome work at which I had worked during my life here on earth.


1: “changed directions”

This verb means two things, “to turn or turn around, and also to surround or encompass.” I have tried to express both meanings in the paraphrase column because I think both are relevant in this passage. At some point in his past Solomon had experienced a change in perspective taking him from one understanding of work and accomplishments to a different one. This new perspective is more mature and realistic, but also dark and gloomy. It is a perspective shaped by suffering and heartache.