Ecclesiastes 1:2
Modern Translations
New International Version
"Meaningless! Meaningless!" says the Teacher. "Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless."

New Living Translation
“Everything is meaningless,” says the Teacher, “completely meaningless!”

English Standard Version
Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher, vanity of vanities! All is vanity.

Berean Study Bible
“Futility of futilities,” says the Teacher, “futility of futilities! Everything is futile!”

New American Standard Bible
“Futility of futilities,” says the Preacher, “Futility of futilities! All is futility.”

NASB 1995
"Vanity of vanities," says the Preacher, "Vanity of vanities! All is vanity."

NASB 1977
“Vanity of vanities,” says the Preacher, “Vanity of vanities! All is vanity.”

Amplified Bible
“Vanity of vanities,” says the Preacher. “Vanity of vanities! All [that is done without God’s guidance] is vanity [futile, meaningless—a wisp of smoke, a vapor that vanishes, merely chasing the wind].”

Christian Standard Bible
“Absolute futility,” says the Teacher. “Absolute futility. Everything is futile.”

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Absolute futility," says the Teacher." Absolute futility. Everything is futile."

Contemporary English Version
Nothing makes sense! Everything is nonsense. I have seen it all--nothing makes sense!

Good News Translation
It is useless, useless, said the Philosopher. Life is useless, all useless.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Absolutely pointless!" says the spokesman. "Absolutely pointless! Everything is pointless."

International Standard Version
"Utterly pointless," says the Teacher. "Absolutely pointless; everything is pointless."

NET Bible
"Futile! Futile!" laments the Teacher, "Absolutely futile! Everything is futile!"
Classic Translations
King James Bible
Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity.

New King James Version
“Vanity of vanities,” says the Preacher; “Vanity of vanities, all is vanity.”

King James 2000 Bible
Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity.

New Heart English Bible
"Vanity of vanities," says the Preacher; "Vanity of vanities, all is vanity."

World English Bible
"Vanity of vanities," says the Preacher; "Vanity of vanities, all is vanity."

American King James Version
Vanity of vanities, said the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity.

American Standard Version
Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher; vanity of vanities, all is vanity.

A Faithful Version
"Vanity of vanities," says the Preacher, "vanity of vanities! All is vanity."

Darby Bible Translation
Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities! all is vanity.

English Revised Version
Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher; vanity of vanities, all is vanity.

Webster's Bible Translation
Vanity of vanities, saith the preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity.

Early Modern
Geneva Bible of 1587
Vanitie of vanities, sayth the Preacher: vanitie of vanities, all is vanitie.

Bishops' Bible of 1568
All is but most vayne vanitie saith the preacher, & all is most vayne I say and but playne vanitie.

Coverdale Bible of 1535
All is but vanite (saieth ye preacher) all is but playne vanite.
Literal Translations
Literal Standard Version
Vanity of vanities, said the Preacher, vanity of vanities: the whole [is] vanity.

Young's Literal Translation
Vanity of vanities, said the Preacher, Vanity of vanities: the whole is vanity.

Smith's Literal Translation
Vanity of vanities, said the preacher; vanity of vanities, all vanity.

Catholic Translations
Douay-Rheims Bible
Vanity of vanities, said Ecclesiastes vanity of vanities, and all is vanity.

Catholic Public Domain Version
Ecclesiastes said: Vanity of vanities! Vanity of vanities, and all is vanity!

Translations from Aramaic
Peshitta Holy Bible Translated
Futility of futilities, says the Preacher; futility of futilities, everything is futility!

Lamsa Bible
Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity.

OT Translations
JPS Tanakh 1917
Vanity of vanities, saith Koheleth; Vanity of vanities, all is vanity.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Vanity of vanities, said the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity.








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