New American Standard Bible
"Vanity of vanities," says the Preacher, "all is vanity!"
King James Bible
Vanity of vanities, saith the preacher; all is vanity.
Darby Bible Translation
Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher: all is vanity.
World English Bible
"Vanity of vanities," says the Preacher. "All is vanity!"
Young's Literal Translation
Vanity of vanities, said the preacher, the whole is vanity.
Ecclesiastes 12:8 Parallel
CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
This passage is properly regarded as the Epilogue of the whole book; a kind of apology for the obscurity of many of its sayings. The passage serves therefore to make the book more intelligible and more acceptable.
Here, as in the beginning of the book Ecclesiastes 1:1-2, the Preacher speaks of himself Ecclesiastes 12:8-10 in the third person. He first repeats Ecclesiastes 12:8 the mournful, perplexing theme with which his musings began Ecclesiastes 1:2; and then states the encouraging practical conclusion Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 to which they have led him. It has been pointed out that the Epilogue assumes the identity of the Preacher with the writer of the Book of Proverbs.
LibraryCircumstances and Consequences
And fears shall be in the way.' (Ecclesiastes xii. 5.) The man who wrote these words was specially emphasizing the importance of settling one's relationships to the great Creator before the coming of days when infirmities increase, and decay of natural powers sets in. The practical outcome of that thought is, that postponement only adds to one's difficulties when the battle really has to be fought. Amongst those difficulties the sacred writer places that natural foreboding, physical shrinking …
T. H. Howard—Standards of Life and Service
Obedience to God the Way to Faith in Christ.
The Christian Man
The Heavenly Footman; Or, a Description of the Man that Gets to Heaven:
The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem.
"Vanity of vanities," says the Preacher, "Vanity of vanities! All is vanity."
I, the Preacher, have been king over Israel in Jerusalem.
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