New International Version
Is there anything of which one can say, "Look! This is something new"? It was here already, long ago; it was here before our time.
King James Bible
Is there any thing whereof it may be said, See, this is new? it hath been already of old time, which was before us.
Darby Bible Translation
Is there a thing whereof it may be said, See, this is new? It hath been already in the ages which were before us.
World English Bible
Is there a thing of which it may be said, "Behold, this is new?" It has been long ago, in the ages which were before us.
Young's Literal Translation
There is a thing of which one saith: 'See this, it is new!' already it hath been in the ages that were before us!
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Is there any thing, etc. - The original is beautiful. "Is there any thing which will say, See this! it is new?" Men may say this of their discoveries, etc.; but universal nature says, It is not new. It has been, and it will be.
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'This sore travail hath God given to the sons of man, to be exercised therewith.--ECCLES. i. 13. 'He for our profit, that we might be partakers of His holiness.'--HEBREWS xii. 10. These two texts set before us human life as it looks to two observers. The former admits that God shapes it; but to him it seems sore travail, the expenditure of much trouble and efforts; the results of which seem to be nothing beyond profitless exercise. There is an immense activity and nothing to show for it at the end …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
Eusebius' Birth and Training. His Life in Cæsarea Until the Outbreak of the Persecution.
How to Make Use of Christ as the Truth, for Growth in Knowledge.
What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.
No one remembers the former generations, and even those yet to come will not be remembered by those who follow them.
Then I turned my thoughts to consider wisdom, and also madness and folly. What more can the king's successor do than what has already been done?
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