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Ecclesiastes 1:9-18 (English Standard Version)

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9 1What 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 2already in the ages before us. 11 There is no 3remembrance of former things,a nor will there be any remembrance of later thingsb yet to be among those who come after.

The Vanity of Wisdom

12 I 4the Preacher have been king over Israel in Jerusalem. 13 And I 5applied my heartc to seek and to search out by wisdom all that is done under heaven. It is an unhappy 6business that God has given to the children of man to be busy with. 14 I have seen everything that is done under the sun, and behold, all is 7vanity and a striving after wind.d 15 8What is crooked cannot be made straight, and what is lacking cannot be counted. 16 I said in my heart, "I have acquired great 9wisdom, surpassing all who were over Jerusalem before me, and my heart has had great experience of wisdom and knowledge." 17 And I 10applied my heart to know wisdom and to know 11madness and folly. I perceived that this also is but 12a striving after wind. 18 For 13in much wisdom is much vexation, and he who increases knowledge increases sorrow.
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