Ecclesiastes 1:2; Ecclesiastes 1:10; Ecclesiastes 1:16; Ecclesiastes 2:1-2; Ecclesiastes 2:15; Ecclesiastes 3:17-18; Ecclesiastes 5:6; Ecclesiastes 6:3; Ecclesiastes 7:10; Ecclesiastes 7:23; Ecclesiastes 7:27; Ecclesiastes 8:4; Ecclesiastes 8:14; Ecclesiastes 8:17; Ecclesiastes 9:16; Ecclesiastes 10:3; Ecclesiastes 12:1; Ecclesiastes 12:8
Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity.
Is there any thing whereof it may be said , See , this is new? it hath been already of old time, which was before us.
I communed with mine own heart, saying , Lo, I am come to great estate , and have gotten more wisdom than all they that have been before me in Jerusalem: yea, my heart had great experience of wisdom and knowledge.
I said in mine heart, Go to now , I will prove thee with mirth, therefore enjoy pleasure: and, behold, this also is vanity.
I said of laughter, It is mad : and of mirth, What doeth it?
Then said I in my heart, As it happeneth to the fool, so it happeneth even to me; and why was I then more wise ? Then I said in my heart, that this also is vanity.
I said in mine heart, God shall judge the righteous and the wicked: for there is a time there for every purpose and for every work.
I said in mine heart concerning the estate of the sons of men, that God might manifest them, and that they might see that they themselves are beasts.
Suffer not thy mouth to cause thy flesh to sin ; neither say thou before the angel, that it was an error: wherefore should God be angry at thy voice, and destroy the work of thine hands?
If a man beget an hundred children, and live many years, so that the days of his years be many, and his soul be not filled with good, and also that he have no burial; I say , that an untimely birth is better than he.
Say not thou, What is the cause that the former days were better than these? for thou dost not enquire wisely concerning this.
All this have I proved by wisdom: I said , I will be wise ; but it was far from me.
Behold , this have I found , saith the preacher, counting one by one, to find out the account:
Where the word of a king is, there is power: and who may say unto him, What doest thou?
There is a vanity which is done upon the earth; that there be just men, unto whom it happeneth according to the work of the wicked; again, there be wicked men, to whom it happeneth according to the work of the righteous: I said that this also is vanity.
Then I beheld all the work of God, that a man cannot find out the work that is done under the sun: because though a man labour to seek it out , yet he shall not find it; yea further; though a wise man think to know it, yet shall he not be able to find it.
Then said I, Wisdom is better than strength: nevertheless the poor man's wisdom is despised , and his words are not heard .
Yea also, when he that is a fool walketh by the way, his wisdom faileth him, and he saith to every one that he is a fool.
Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh , when thou shalt say , I have no pleasure in them;
Vanity of vanities, saith the preacher; all is vanity.