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What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.
References for Ecclesiastes 1:9
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.
No one remembers the former generations, and even those yet to come will not be remembered by those who follow them.
References for Ecclesiastes 1:11
I, the Teacher, was king over Israel in Jerusalem.
References for Ecclesiastes 1:12
I applied my mind to study and to explore by wisdom all that is done under the heavens. What a heavy burden God has laid on mankind!
References for Ecclesiastes 1:13
I have seen all the things that are done under the sun; all of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind.
References for Ecclesiastes 1:14
What is crooked cannot be straightened; what is lacking cannot be counted.
References for Ecclesiastes 1:15
I said to myself, “Look, I have increased in wisdom more than anyone who has ruled over Jerusalem before me; I have experienced much of wisdom and knowledge.”
References for Ecclesiastes 1:16
Then I applied myself to the understanding of wisdom, and also of madness and folly, but I learned that this, too, is a chasing after the wind.
References for Ecclesiastes 1:17
For with much wisdom comes much sorrow; the more knowledge, the more grief.
References for Ecclesiastes 1:18
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