Ecclesiastes 1:1-9 NIV

Everything Is Meaningless

1 The words of the Teacher,a1 son of David, king in Jerusalem:2

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    • a 1:1 - Or "leader of the assembly"; also in verses 2 and 12
      2 "Meaningless! Meaningless!" says the Teacher. "Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless."3

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      3 What does man gain from all his labor at which he toils under the sun?4

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      4 Generations come and generations go, but the earth remains forever.5

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      5 The sun rises and the sun sets, and hurries back to where it rises.6

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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.7

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      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.

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      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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