- THE WORDS OF the Koheleth, the son of David, king in Jerusalem.
- Vanity of vanities, saith Koheleth;
vanity of vanities, all is vanity.
- What profit hath man of all his labour wherein he laboureth under the sun?
- One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh;
and the earth abideth for ever.
- The sun also ariseth, and the sun goeth down, and hasteth to his place where he ariseth.
- The wind goeth toward the south, and turneth about unto the north;
it turneth about continually in its circuit, and the wind returneth again to its circuits.
- All the rivers run into the sea, yet the sea is not full;
unto the place whither the rivers go, thither they go again.
- All things toil to weariness;
man cannot utter it, the eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing.
- That which hath been is that which shall be, and that which hath been done is that which shall be done;
and there is nothing new under the sun.
- Is there a thing whereof it is said: "See, this is new"?
- it hath been already, in the ages which were before us.
- There is no remembrance of them of former times;
neither shall there be any remembrance of them of latter times that are to come, among those that shall come after.
- I Koheleth have been king over Israel in Jerusalem.
- And I applied my heart to seek and to search out by wisdom concerning all things that are done under heaven;
it is a sore task that God hath given to the sons of men to be exercised therewith.
- I have seen all the works that are done under the sun;
and, behold, all is vanity and a striving after wind.
- That which is crooked cannot be made straight;
and that which is wanting cannot be numbered.
- I spoke with my own heart, saying: "Lo, I have gotten great wisdom, more also than all that were before me over Jerusalem";
yea, my heart hath had great experience of wisdom and knowledge.
- And I applied my heart to know wisdom, and to know madness and folly - I perceived that this also was a striving after wind.
- For in much wisdom is much vexation;
and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow.