New Living Translation
"Everything is meaningless," says the Teacher, "completely meaningless!"
King James Bible
Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity.
Darby Bible Translation
Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities! all is vanity.
World English Bible
"Vanity of vanities," says the Preacher; "Vanity of vanities, all is vanity."
Young's Literal Translation
Vanity of vanities, said the Preacher, Vanity of vanities: the whole is vanity.
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CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
1:2 Vanity - Not only vain, but vanity in the abstract, which denotes extreme vanity. Saith - Upon deep consideration and long experience, and by Divine inspiration. This verse contains the general proposition, which he intends particularly to demonstrate in the following book. All - All worldly things. Is vanity - Not in themselves for they are God's creatures and therefore good in their kinds, but in reference to that happiness, which men seek and expect to find in them. So they are unquestionably vain, because they are not what they seem to be, and perform not what they promise, but instead of that are the occasions of innumerable cares, and fears, and sorrows, and mischiefs. Nay, they are not only vanity but vanity of vanities, the vainest vanity, vanity in the highest degree. And this is redoubled, because the thing is certain, beyond all possibility of dispute.
In making the following thread to the rich literature on Constantine the plan has been to confine almost wholly to Monographs, since to refer to all histories, encyclopædias, and the like which treat of him would be endless. Only such few analyzed references are introduced as have special reasons. Even with this limit it cannot be at all hoped that the list is exhaustive. Considerable pains has been taken, however, to make it full, as there is no really extended modern list of works on Constantine, …
Eusebius Pamphilius—The Life of Constantine
Of the Imitation of Christ, and of Contempt of the World and all Its Vanities
The Order of Thought which Surrounded the Development of Jesus.
Against its will, all creation was subjected to God's curse. But with eager hope,
An empty-headed person won't become wise any more than a wild donkey can bear a human child.
You have made my life no longer than the width of my hand. My entire lifetime is just a moment to you; at best, each of us is but a breath." Interlude
We are merely moving shadows, and all our busy rushing ends in nothing. We heap up wealth, not knowing who will spend it.
Common people are as worthless as a puff of wind, and the powerful are not what they appear to be. If you weigh them on the scales, together they are lighter than a breath of air.
Remember how short my life is, how empty and futile this human existence!
For they are like a breath of air; their days are like a passing shadow.
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