New International Version
"Meaningless! Meaningless!" says the Teacher. "Everything is meaningless!"
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
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
This affecting and minute description of old age and death is concluded by the author with the same exclamation by which he began this book: O vanity of vanities, saith Koheleth, all is vanity. Now that man, the masterpiece of God's creation, the delegated sovereign of this lower world, is turned to dust, what is there stable or worthy of contemplation besides? All - All is Vanity!
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'Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them; 2. While the sun, or the light, or the moon, or the stars, be not darkened, nor the clouds return after the rain; 3. In the day when the keepers of the house shall tremble, and the strong men shall bow themselves, and the grinders cease because they are few, and those that look out of the windows be darkened, 4. And the doors shall be shut in …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
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A Prayer when one Begins to be Sick.
The words of the Teacher, son of David, king in Jerusalem:
"Meaningless! Meaningless!" says the Teacher. "Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless."
I, the Teacher, was king over Israel in Jerusalem.
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