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Ecclesiastes 1:1-11 (English Standard Version)

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All Is Vanity

1 The words of 1the Preacher,a the son of David, 2king in Jerusalem. 2 3Vanityb of vanities, says 4the Preacher, 5vanity of vanities! 6All is vanity. 3 7What 8does man gain by all the toil at which he toils under the sun? 4 A generation goes, and a generation comes, but 9the earth remains forever. 5 10The sun rises, and the sun goes down, and hastensc to the place where it rises. 6 11The wind blows to the south and goes around to the north; around and around goes the wind, and on its circuits the wind returns. 7 All 12streams run to the sea, but the sea is not full; to the place where the streams flow, there they flow again. 8 All things are full of weariness; a man cannot utter it; 13the eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing. 9 14What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun. 10 Is there a thing of which it is said, "See, this is new"? It has been 15already in the ages before us. 11 There is no 16remembrance of former things,d nor will there be any remembrance of later thingse yet to be among those who come after.
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