Ecclesiastes 1:2
Good News Translation
It is useless, useless, said the Philosopher. Life is useless, all useless.

Contemporary English Version
Nothing makes sense! Everything is nonsense. I have seen it all--nothing makes sense!

Douay-Rheims Bible
Vanity of vanities, said Ecclesiastes: vanity of vanities, and all is vanity.

New American Bible
Vanity of vanities, says Qoheleth, vanity of vanities! All things are vanity!

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Vanity of vanities, said Ecclesiastes: vanity of vanities, and all is vanity.

Ecclesiastes 2:11,15,17,19,21,23,26 And when I turned myself to all the works which my hands had wrought, and to the labours wherein I had laboured in vain, I saw in all things vanity, and vexation of mind, and that nothing was lasting under the sun. . . .

Ecclesiastes 3:19 Therefore the death of man, and of beasts is one, and the condition of them both is equal: as man dieth, so they also die: all things breathe alike, and man hath nothing more than beast: all things are subject to vanity.

Ecclesiastes 4:4,8,16 Again I considered all the labours of men, and I remarked that their industries are exposed to the envy of their neighbour: so in this also there is vanity, and fruitless care. . . .

Ecclesiastes 5:10 A covetous man shall not be satisfied with money: and he that loveth riches shall reap no fruit from them: so this also is vanity.

Ecclesiastes 6:11 There are many words that have much vanity in disputing.

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Ecclesiastes 11:8,10 If a man live many years, and have rejoiced in them all, he must remember the darksome time, and the many days: which when they shall come, the things past shall be accused of vanity. . . .

Ecclesiastes 12:8 Vanity of vanities, said Ecclesiastes, and all things are vanity.

Psalm 39:5,6 Behold thou hast made my days measurable. and my substance is as nothing before thee. And indeed all things are vanity: every man living. . . .

Psalm 62:9,10 But vain are the sons of men, the sons of men are liars in the balances: that by vanity they may together deceive. . . .

Psalm 144:4 Man is like to vanity: his days pass away like a shadow.

Romans 8:20 For the creature was made subject to vanity: not willingly, but by reason of him that made it subject, in hope.

Context
Everything is Futile
1The words of Ecclesiastes, the son of David, king of Jerusalem. 2Vanity of vanities, said Ecclesiastes: vanity of vanities, and all is vanity.3What hath a man more of all his labour, that he taketh under the sun?…
Cross References
Romans 8:20
For the creature was made subject to vanity: not willingly, but by reason of him that made it subject, in hope.

Job 11:12
A vain man is lifted up into pride, and thinketh himself born free like a wild ass's colt.

Psalm 39:5
Behold thou hast made my days measurable. and my substance is as nothing before thee. And indeed all things are vanity: every man living.

Psalm 39:6
Surely man passeth as an image: yea, and he is disquieted in vain. He storeth up: and he knoweth not for whom he shall gather these things.

Psalm 62:9
But vain are the sons of men, the sons of men are liars in the balances: that by vanity they may together deceive.

Psalm 89:47
Remember what my substance is: for hast thou made all the children of men in vain?

Psalm 144:4
Man is like to vanity: his days pass away like a shadow.

Ecclesiastes 12:8
Vanity of vanities, said Ecclesiastes, and all things are vanity.

Additional Translations
“Futility of futilities,” says the Teacher, “futility of futilities! Everything is futile!”Vanity of vanities, said the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity.

Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher; vanity of vanities, all is vanity.

Vanity of vanities, said the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity.

Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities! all is vanity.

Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher; vanity of vanities, all is vanity.

Vanity of vanities, saith the preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity.

"Vanity of vanities," says the Preacher; "Vanity of vanities, all is vanity."

Vanity of vanities, said the Preacher, Vanity of vanities: the whole is vanity.
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