Bible Versions NAS Ecclesiastes 1:6; Ecclesiastes 1:14; Ecclesiastes 1:17; Ecclesiastes 2:11; Ecclesiastes 2:17; Ecclesiastes 2:26; Ecclesiastes 3:19; Ecclesiastes 3:21; Ecclesiastes 4:4; Ecclesiastes 4:6; Ecclesiastes 4:16; Ecclesiastes 5:16; Ecclesiastes 6:9; Ecclesiastes 7:8-9; Ecclesiastes 8:8; Ecclesiastes 10:4; Ecclesiastes 11:4-5; Ecclesiastes 12:7
Ecclesiastes 1:6; Ecclesiastes 1:14; Ecclesiastes 1:17; Ecclesiastes 2:11; Ecclesiastes 2:17; Ecclesiastes 2:26; Ecclesiastes 3:19; Ecclesiastes 3:21; Ecclesiastes 4:4; Ecclesiastes 4:6; Ecclesiastes 4:16; Ecclesiastes 5:16; Ecclesiastes 6:9; Ecclesiastes 7:8-9; Ecclesiastes 8:8; Ecclesiastes 10:4; Ecclesiastes 11:4-5; Ecclesiastes 12:7 (New American Standard)
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Blowing toward the south, Then turning toward the north, The wind continues swirling along; And on its circular courses the wind returns.
I have seen all the works which have been done under the sun, and behold, all is vanity and striving after wind.
And I set my mind to know wisdom and to know madness and folly; I realized that this also is striving after wind.
Thus I considered all my activities which my hands had done and the labor which I had exerted, and behold all was vanity and striving after wind and there was no profit under the sun.
So I hated life, for the work which had been done under the sun was grievous to me; because everything is futility and striving after wind.
For to a person who is good in His sight He has given wisdom and knowledge and joy, while to the sinner He has given the task of gathering and collecting so that he may give to one who is good in God's sight. This too is vanity and striving after wind.
For the fate of the sons of men and the fate of beasts is the same. As one dies so dies the other; indeed, they all have the same breath and there is no advantage for man over beast, for all is vanity.
Who knows that the breath of man ascends upward and the breath of the beast descends downward to the earth?
I have seen that every labor and every skill which is done is the result of rivalry between a man and his neighbor. This too is vanity and striving after wind.
One hand full of rest is better than two fists full of labor and striving after wind.
There is no end to all the people, to all who were before them, and even the ones who will come later will not be happy with him, for this too is vanity and striving after wind.
This also is a grievous evil -exactly as a man is born, thus will he die. So what is the advantage to him who toils for the wind?
What the eyes see is better than what the soul desires. This too is futility and a striving after wind.
The end of a matter is better than its beginning; Patience of spirit is better than haughtiness of spirit.
Do not be eager in your heart to be angry, For anger resides in the bosom of fools.
No man has authority to restrain the wind with the wind, or authority over the day of death; and there is no discharge in the time of war, and evil will not deliver those who practice it.
If the ruler's temper rises against you, do not abandon your position, because composure allays great offenses.
He who watches the wind will not sow and he who looks at the clouds will not reap.
Just as you do not know the path of the wind and how bones are formed in the womb of the pregnant woman, so you do not know the activity of God who makes all things.
then the dust will return to the earth as it was, and the spirit will return to God who gave it.
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