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 Ecclesiastes 1
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   Book of EcclesiastesClick Verse Reference for Study Notes
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The Futility of All Endeavor

1 The words of the Preacher, R1 the son of David, king in Jerusalem.

2 "Vanity R2 F1 of vanities," says the Preacher,

"Vanity F1 of vanities! All is vanity." F2

3 What R3 advantage does man have in all his work

Which he does under the sun?

4 A generation goes and a generation comes,

But the earth R4 remains F3 forever.

5 Also, the R5 sun rises and the sun sets;

And hastening F4 to its place it rises there again.

6 Blowing R6 F5 toward the south,

Then turning toward the north,

The wind continues swirling F6 along;

And on its circular courses the wind returns.

7 All the rivers flow F7 into the sea,

Yet the sea is not full.

To the place where the rivers flow, F7

There they flow F7 again.

8 All things are wearisome;

Man is not able to tell it.

The R7 eye is not satisfied with seeing,

Nor is the ear filled with hearing.

9 That R8 which has been is that which will be,

And that which has been done is that which will be done.

So there is nothing new under the sun.

10 Is there anything of which one might say,

"See this, it is new"?

Already it has existed for ages

Which were before us.

11 There is no R9 remembrance of earlier F8 things;

And also of the later F9 things which will occur,

There will be for them no remembrance

Among those who will come later F9 still.

The Futility of Wisdom

12 I, the Preacher, R10 have been king over Israel in Jerusalem. 13 And I set R11 my mind F10 to seek and explore R12 by wisdom concerning all that has been done under heaven. It is a F11 grievous task R13 which God has given to the sons of men to be afflicted with. 14 I have seen all the works which have been done under the sun, and behold, all is vanity R14 F12 and striving after wind. 15 What is crooked R15 cannot be straightened and what is lacking cannot be counted.

16 I said F13 to myself, "Behold, I have magnified and increased wisdom R16 more than all who were over Jerusalem before me; and my mind F14 has observed a F15 wealth of wisdom and knowledge." 17 And I set R17 my mind F16 to know wisdom and to know R18 madness and folly; I realized that this also is striving R19 after wind. 18 Because in R20 much wisdom there is much grief, and increasing knowledge results in increasing pain.

F1: Or Futility of futilities
F1: Or Futility of futilities
F2: Or futile
F3: Lit stands
F4: Lit panting
F5: Lit Going
F6: Lit turning
F7: Lit go
F7: Lit go
F7: Lit go
F8: Lit first or former
F9: Lit latter or after
F9: Lit latter or after
F10: Lit heart
F11: Lit an evil
F12: Or futility
F13: Lit spoke with my heart, saying
F14: Lit heart
F15: Lit an abundance
F16: Lit heart

R1: Ecclesiastes 1:12; 7:27; 12:8-10
R2: Psalms 39:5,6; 62:9; 144:4; Ecclesiastes 12:8; Romans 8:20
R3: Ecclesiastes 2:11; 3:9; 5:16
R4: Psalms 104:5; 119:90
R5: Psalms 19:6
R6: Ecclesiastes 11:5; John 3:8
R7: Proverbs 27:20; Ecclesiastes 4:8
R8: Ecclesiastes 1:10; 2:12; 3:15; 6:10
R9: Ecclesiastes 2:16; 9:5
R10: Ecclesiastes 1:1; 7:27; 12:8-10
R11: Ecclesiastes 1:17
R12: Ecclesiastes 3:10,11; 7:25; 8:17
R13: Ecclesiastes 2:23,26; 3:10; 4:8
R14: Ecclesiastes 2:11,17; 4:4; 6:9
R15: Ecclesiastes 7:13
R16: 1 Kings 3:12; 4:30; 10:23; Ecclesiastes 2:9
R17: Ecclesiastes 1:13; 7:25
R18: Ecclesiastes 2:12; 7:25
R19: Ecclesiastes 1:14; 2:11,17; 4:4,6,16; 6:9
R20: Ecclesiastes 2:23; 12:12


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