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Ecclesiastes 1 :: New King James Version (NKJV)

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The Vanity of Life
The Problem of Wisdom
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 1:1 - The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 1:2 - “Vanity[fn] of vanities,” says the Preacher;
“Vanity of vanities, all is vanity.”
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 1:3 - What profit has a man from all his labor
In which he toils under the sun?
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 1:4 - One generation passes away, and another generation comes;
But the earth abides forever.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 1:5 - The sun also rises, and the sun goes down,
And hastens to the place where it arose.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 1:6 - The wind goes toward the south,
And turns around to the north;
The wind whirls about continually,
And comes again on its circuit.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 1:7 - All the rivers run into the sea,
Yet the sea is not full;
To the place from which the rivers come,
There they return again.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 1:8 - All things are full of labor;
Man cannot express it.
The eye is not satisfied with seeing,
Nor the ear filled with hearing.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 1:9 - That which has been is what will be,
That which is done is what will be done,
And there is nothing new under the sun.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 1:10 - Is there anything of which it may be said,
“See, this is new”?
It has already been in ancient times before us.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 1:11 - There is no remembrance of former things,
Nor will there be any remembrance of things that are to come
By those who will come after.
The Grief of Wisdom
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 1:12 - I, the Preacher, was king over Israel in Jerusalem.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 1:13 - And I set my heart to seek and search out by wisdom concerning all that is done under heaven; this burdensome task God has given to the sons of man, by which they may be exercised.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 1:14 - I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and indeed, all is vanity and grasping for the wind.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 1:15 - What is crooked cannot be made straight,
And what is lacking cannot be numbered.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 1:16 - I communed with my heart, saying, “Look, I have attained greatness, and have gained more wisdom than all who were before me in Jerusalem. My heart has understood great wisdom and knowledge.”
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 1:17 - And I set my heart to know wisdom and to know madness and folly. I perceived that this also is grasping for the wind.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 1:18 - For in much wisdom is much grief,
And he who increases knowledge increases sorrow.
NKJV Footnotes
Or Absurdity, Frustration, Futility, Nonsense; and so throughout this book

New King James Version, © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

The text of the New King James Version (NKJV) appearing on or deriving from this or any other web page is for personal use only. Any other use of the NKJV must be in conformity with the Quotation Policy for the New King James Version. For more information about the New King James Version, the Quotation Policy, and for inquiries about permission to use the New King James Version, go to Thomas Nelson, Inc..

For more information on this translation, see the NKJV Preface.

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