Ecclesiastes 1
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1The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem.1The words of the Teacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem.
2Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher, vanity of vanities! All is vanity.2"Utterly pointless," says the Teacher. "Absolutely pointless; everything is pointless."
3What does man gain by all the toil at which he toils under the sun?3What does a man gain from all of the work that he undertakes on earth?
4A generation goes, and a generation comes, but the earth remains forever.4A generation goes, a generation comes, but the earth remains forever.
5The sun rises, and the sun goes down, and hastens to the place where it rises.5The sun rises, the sun sets, then rushes back to where it arose.
6The wind blows to the south and goes around to the north; around and around goes the wind, and on its circuits the wind returns.6The wind blows southward, then northward, constantly circulating, and the wind comes back again in its courses.
7All streams run to the sea, but the sea is not full; to the place where the streams flow, there they flow again.7All the rivers flow toward the sea, but the sea is never full; then rivers return to the headwaters where they began.
8All things are full of weariness; a man cannot utter it; the eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing.8Everything is wearisome, more than man is able to express. The eye is never satisfied by seeing, nor the ear by hearing.
9What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun.9Whatever has happened, will happen again; whatever has been done, will be done again. There is nothing new on earth.
10Is there a thing of which it is said, “See, this is new”? It has been already in the ages before us.10Does anything exist about which someone might say, "Look at this! Is this new?" It happened ages ago; it existed before we did.
11There is no remembrance of former things, nor will there be any remembrance of later things yet to be among those who come after.11No one remembers those in the past, nor will they be remembered by those who come after them.
12I the Preacher have been king over Israel in Jerusalem.12I, the Teacher, have been king over Israel in Jerusalem.
13And I applied my heart to seek and to search out by wisdom all that is done under heaven. It is an unhappy business that God has given to the children of man to be busy with.13I dedicated myself to using wisdom for study and discovery of everything that is done under heaven. God uses terrible things so human beings will struggle with life.
14I have seen everything that is done under the sun, and behold, all is vanity and a striving after wind.14I observed every activity done on earth. My conclusion: all of it is pointless—like chasing after the wind.
15What is crooked cannot be made straight, and what is lacking cannot be counted.15What is crooked cannot be made straight; what is not there cannot be counted.
16I said in my heart, “I have acquired great wisdom, surpassing all who were over Jerusalem before me, and my heart has had great experience of wisdom and knowledge.”16I told myself, "I have become greater and wiser than anyone who ruled before me in Jerusalem—yes, I have acquired a great deal of wisdom and knowledge."
17And I applied my heart to know wisdom and to know madness and folly. I perceived that this also is but a striving after wind.17So I dedicated myself to learn about wisdom and knowledge, and about insanity and foolishness. And I discovered that this is also like chasing after the wind.
18For in much wisdom is much vexation, and he who increases knowledge increases sorrow.18For with much wisdom there is much sorrow; the more someone adds to knowledge, the more someone adds to grief.
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