Ecclesiastes 1:7
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English Standard Version
All streams run to the sea, but the sea is not full; to the place where the streams flow, there they flow again.

King James Bible
All the rivers run into the sea; yet the sea is not full; unto the place from whence the rivers come, thither they return again.

American Standard Version
All the rivers run into the sea, yet the sea is not full; unto the place whither the rivers go, thither they go again.

Douay-Rheims Bible
All the rivers run into the sea, yet the sea doth not overflow: unto the place from whence the rivers come, they return, to flow again.

English Revised Version
All the rivers run into the sea, yet the sea is not full; unto the place whither the rivers go, thither they go again.

Webster's Bible Translation
All the rivers run into the sea; yet the sea is not full; to the place from whence the rivers come, thither they return again.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

The title, Ecclesiastes 1:1, The words of Koheleth, son of David, king in Jerusalem, has been already explained in the Introduction. The verse, which does not admit of being properly halved, is rightly divided by "son of David" by the accent Zakef; for the apposition, "king in Jerusalem," does not belong to "David," but to "Koheleth." In several similar cases, such as Ezekiel 1:3, the accentuation leaves the designation of the oppositional genitive undefined; in Genesis 10:21 it proceeds on an erroneous supposition; it is rightly defined in Amos 1:1, for example, as in the passage before us. That "king" is without the article, is explained from this, that it is determined by "in Jerusalem," as elsewhere by "of Israel" ("Judah"). The expression (cf. 2 Kings 14:23) is singular.

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Cross References
Ecclesiastes 1:6
The wind blows to the south and goes around to the north; around and around goes the wind, and on its circuits the wind returns.

Ecclesiastes 1:8
All things are full of weariness; a man cannot utter it; the eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing.

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