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Ecclesiastes 1:1-9 (New International Version)

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Everything Is Meaningless

1 The words of the Teacher,a1 son of David, king in Jerusalem:2 2 "Meaningless! Meaningless!" says the Teacher. "Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless."3 3 What does man gain from all his labor at which he toils under the sun?4 4 Generations come and generations go, but the earth remains forever.5 5 The sun rises and the sun sets, and hurries back to where it rises.6 6 The wind blows to the south and turns to the north; round and round it goes, ever returning on its course. 7 All streams flow into the sea, yet the sea is never full. To the place the streams come from, there they return again.7 8 All things are wearisome, more than one can say. The eye never has enough of seeing,8 nor the ear its fill of hearing. 9 What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again;9 there is nothing new under the sun.
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