Ecclesiastes 1:4
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New International Version
Generations come and generations go, but the earth remains forever.

King James Bible
One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh: but the earth abideth for ever.

Darby Bible Translation
[One] generation passeth away, and [another] generation cometh, but the earth standeth for ever.

World English Bible
One generation goes, and another generation comes; but the earth remains forever.

Young's Literal Translation
A generation is going, and a generation is coming, and the earth to the age is standing.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

One generation passeth away - Men succeed each other in unceasing generations: but the earth is still the same; it undergoes no change that leads to melioration, or greater perfection. And it will continue the same לעולם leolam, during the whole course of time; till the end of all things arrives.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

one generation

Ecclesiastes 6:12 For who knows what is good for man in this life, all the days of his vain life which he spends as a shadow?...

Genesis 5:3-31 And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his own likeness, and after his image; and called his name Seth...

Genesis 11:20-32 And Reu lived two and thirty years, and begat Serug...

Genesis 36:9 And these are the generations of Esau the father of the Edomites in mount Seir:

Genesis 47:9 And Jacob said to Pharaoh, The days of the years of my pilgrimage are an hundred and thirty years...

Exodus 1:6,7 And Joseph died, and all his brothers, and all that generation...

Exodus 6:16 And these are the names of the sons of Levi according to their generations; Gershon, and Kohath, and Merari...

Psalm 89:47,48 Remember how short my time is: why have you made all men in vain...

Psalm 90:9,10 For all our days are passed away in your wrath: we spend our years as a tale that is told...

Zechariah 1:5 Your fathers, where are they? and the prophets, do they live for ever?

but

Psalm 102:24-28 I said, O my God, take me not away in the middle of my days: your years are throughout all generations...

Psalm 104:5 Who laid the foundations of the earth, that it should not be removed for ever.

Psalm 119:90,91 Your faithfulness is to all generations: you have established the earth, and it stays...

Matthew 24:35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.

2 Peter 3:10-13 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise...

Library
Two views of Life
'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.
Our author was commonly known among the ancients as Eusebius of Cæsarea or Eusebius Pamphili. The former designation arose from the fact that he was bishop of the church in Cæsarea for many years; the latter from the fact that he was the intimate friend and devoted admirer of Pamphilus, a presbyter of Cæsarea and a martyr. Some such specific appellation was necessary to distinguish him from others of the same name. Smith and Wace's Dictionary of Christian Biography mentions 137
Eusebius Pamphilius—Church History

How to Make Use of Christ as the Truth, for Growth in Knowledge.
It is a commanded duty, that we grow in the knowledge of Jesus Christ, 2 Pet. iii. 18; and the knowledge of him being life eternal, John xvii. 3, and our measure of knowledge of him here being but imperfect, for we know but in part, it cannot but be an useful duty, and a desirable thing, to be growing in this knowledge. This is to walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, to be increasing in the knowledge of God, Col. i. 10. Knowledge must be added to virtue; and it layeth a ground for other Christian
John Brown (of Wamphray)—Christ The Way, The Truth, and The Life

Joy
'The fruit of the Spirit is joy.' Gal 5:52. The third fruit of justification, adoption, and sanctification, is joy in the Holy Ghost. Joy is setting the soul upon the top of a pinnacle - it is the cream of the sincere milk of the word. Spiritual joy is a sweet and delightful passion, arising from the apprehension and feeling of some good, whereby the soul is supported under present troubles, and fenced against future fear. I. It is a delightful passion. It is contrary to sorrow, which is a perturbation
Thomas Watson—A Body of Divinity

Cross References
Psalm 104:5
He set the earth on its foundations; it can never be moved.

Psalm 119:90
Your faithfulness continues through all generations; you established the earth, and it endures.

Psalm 125:1
A song of ascents. Those who trust in the LORD are like Mount Zion, which cannot be shaken but endures forever.

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