||English: New American Standard Bible
Ecclesiastes 1 [Commentary] [Map] |
||The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem.
||"Vanity of vanities," says the Preacher,
"Vanity of vanities! All is vanity."
||What advantage does man have in all his work
Which he does under the sun?
||A generation goes and a generation comes,
But the earth remains forever.
||Also, the sun rises and the sun sets;
And hastening to its place it rises there again.
||Blowing toward the south,
Then turning toward the north,
The wind continues swirling along;
And on its circular courses the wind returns.
||All the rivers flow into the sea,
Yet the sea is not full.
To the place where the rivers flow,
There they flow again.
||All things are wearisome;
Man is not able to tell it.
The eye is not satisfied with seeing,
Nor is the ear filled with hearing.
||That which has been is that which will be,
And that which has been done is that which will be done.
So there is nothing new under the sun.
||Is there anything of which one might say,
"See this, it is new"?
Already it has existed for ages
Which were before us.
||There is no remembrance of earlier things;
And also of the later things which will occur,
There will be for them no remembrance
Among those who will come later still.
||I, the Preacher, have been king over Israel in Jerusalem.
||And I set my mind to seek and explore by wisdom concerning all that has been done under heaven. It is a grievous task which God has given to the sons of men to be afflicted with.
||I have seen all the works which have been done under the sun, and behold, all is vanity and striving after wind.
||What is crooked cannot be straightened and what is lacking cannot be counted.
||I said to myself, "Behold, I have magnified and increased wisdom more than all who were over Jerusalem before me; and my mind has observed a wealth of wisdom and knowledge."
||And I set my mind to know wisdom and to know madness and folly; I realized that this also is striving after wind.
||Because in much wisdom there is much grief, and increasing knowledge results in increasing pain.
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