Everything Is Meaningless

1 The words of the Teacher,a son of David, king in Jerusalem:

References for Ecclesiastes 1:1

    • a 1:1 - Or "the leader of the assembly" ; also in verses 2 and 12
      2 “Meaningless! Meaningless!” says the Teacher. “Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless.”
      3 What do people gain from all their labors at which they toil under the sun?
      4 Generations come and generations go, but the earth remains forever.

      References for Ecclesiastes 1:4

      5 The sun rises and the sun sets, and hurries back to where it rises.

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      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.

      References for Ecclesiastes 1:7

      8 All things are wearisome, more than one can say. The eye never has enough of seeing, nor the ear its fill of hearing.

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      9 What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.

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      10 Is there anything of which one can say, “Look! This is something new”? It was here already, long ago; it was here before our time.
      11 No one remembers the former generations, and even those yet to come will not be remembered by those who follow them.