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Ecclesiastes 1 :: New American Standard Bible 2020 (NASB20)

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The Futility of All Endeavors

Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 1:1 - The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 1:2 - “Futility of futilities,” says the Preacher,
“Futility of futilities! All is futility.”
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 1:3 - What advantage does a person have in all his work
Which he does under the sun?
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 1:4 - A generation goes and a generation comes,
But the earth [fn]remains forever.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 1:5 - Also, the sun rises and the sun sets;
And [fn]hurrying to its place it rises there again.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 1:6 - [fn]Blowing toward the south,
Then turning toward the north,
The wind continues [fn]swirling along;
And on its circular courses the wind returns.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 1:7 - All the rivers [fn]flow into the sea,
Yet the sea is not full.
To the place where the rivers [fn]flow,
There they [fn]flow again.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 1:8 - All things are wearisome;
No one can tell it.
The eye is not satisfied with seeing,
Nor is the ear filled with hearing.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 1:9 - What has been, it is what will be,
And what has been done, it is what will be done.
So there is nothing new under the sun.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 1:10 - Is there anything of which one might say,
“See this, it is new”?
It has already existed for ages
Which were before us.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 1:11 - There is no remembrance of the [fn]earlier things,
And of the later things as well, which will occur,
There will be no remembrance of them
Among those who will come later still.

The Futility of Wisdom

Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 1:12 - I, the Preacher, have been king over Israel in Jerusalem.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 1:13 - And I set my [fn]mind to seek and explore by wisdom about everything that has been done under heaven. It is a [fn]sorry task with which God has given the sons of mankind to be troubled.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 1:14 - I have seen all the works which have been done under the sun, and behold, all is futility and striving after wind.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 1:15 - What is crooked cannot be straightened, and what is lacking cannot be counted.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 1:16 - I [fn]said to myself, “Behold, I have magnified and increased wisdom more than all who were over Jerusalem before me; and my [fn]mind has observed [fn]a wealth of wisdom and knowledge.”
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 1:17 - And I applied my [fn]mind to know wisdom and to know insanity and foolishness; I realized that this also is striving after wind.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 1:18 - Because in much wisdom there is much grief; and increasing knowledge results in increasing pain.
NASB20 Footnotes
Lit stands
Lit panting
Lit Going
Lit turning
Lit go
Lit go
Lit go
Lit first; or former
Lit heart
Lit evil
Lit spoke with my heart, saying
Lit heart
Lit an abundance
Lit heart

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