The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem.
Vanity of vanities, saith1 the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all [is] vanity.
What profit hath a man of all his labour which he taketh4 under the sun?
[One] generation passeth away,6 and [another] generation cometh:6 935 1 but the earth abideth6 for ever.
The sun also ariseth,1 and the sun goeth down,1 and hasteth6 to his place where he arose.6
The wind goeth6 toward the south, and turneth about6 unto the north; it whirleth6 about6 continually,6 and the wind returneth again1 according to his circuits.
All the rivers run6 into the sea; yet the sea [is] not full; unto the place from whence the rivers come,6 thither they return6 again.2
All things [are] full of labour; man cannot 3201 4 utter15 [it]: the eye is not satisfied4 with seeing,2 nor the ear filled11 with hearing.2
The thing that hath been, it [is that] which shall be; and that which is done8 [is] that which shall be done:11 and [there is] no new [thing] under the sun.
Is there [any] thing whereof it may be said,4 See,3 this [is] new? it hath been already of old time, which was before us.
[There is] no remembrance of former [things]; neither shall there be [any] remembrance of [things] that are to come with [those] that shall come after.
I the Preacher was king over Israel in Jerusalem.
And I gave1 my heart to seek2 and search out2 by wisdom concerning all [things] that are done8 under heaven: this sore travail hath God given1 to the sons of man to be exercised2 therewith.
I have seen1 all the works that are done8 under the sun; and, behold, all [is] vanity and vexation of spirit.
[That which is] crooked30 cannot 3201 4 be made straight:2 and that which is wanting cannot 3201 4 be numbered.9
I communed14 with mine own heart, saying,2 Lo, I am come to great estate,52 and have gotten more52 wisdom than all [they] that have been before me in Jerusalem: yea, my heart had great53 experience1 of wisdom and knowledge.
And I gave4 my heart to know2 wisdom, and to know2 madness and folly: I perceived1 that this also is vexation of spirit.
For in much wisdom [is] much grief: and he that increaseth55 knowledge increaseth55 sorrow.