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Ecclesiastes 1 :: New American Standard Bible 1995 (NASB95)

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The Futility of All Endeavor

Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 1:1 - The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 1:2 - [fn]Vanity of vanities,” says the Preacher,
[fn]Vanity of vanities! All is [fn]vanity.”
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 1:3 - What advantage does man 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]hastening 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;
Man is not able to tell it.
The eye is not satisfied with seeing,
Nor is the ear filled with hearing.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 1:9 - That 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 1:10 - Is there anything of which one might say,
“See this, it is new”?
Already it has existed for ages
Which were before us.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 1:11 - There is no remembrance of [fn]earlier things;
And also of the [fn]later things which will occur,
There will be for them no remembrance
Among those who will come [fn]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 concerning all that has been done under heaven. It is [fn]a grievous task which God has given to the sons of men to be afflicted with.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 1:14 - I have seen all the works which have been done under the sun, and behold, all is [fn]vanity 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 set my [fn]mind to know wisdom and to know madness and folly; 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.
NASB95 Footnotes
Or, Futility of futilities
Or, futile
Literally: stands
Literally: panting
Literally: Going
Literally: turning
Literally: go
Literally: first or former
Literally: latter or after
Literally: heart
Literally: an evil
Or, futility
Literally: spoke with my heart, saying
Literally: heart
Literally: an abundance
Literally: heart

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