What was will be again, what happened will happen again. There's nothing new on this earth. Year after year it's the same old thing.
Does someone call out, "Hey, this is new"? Don't get excited - it's the same old story.
Nobody remembers what happened yesterday. And the things that will happen tomorrow? Nobody'll remember them either. Don't count on being remembered.
Call me "the Quester." I've been king over Israel in Jerusalem.
I looked most carefully into everything, searched out all that is done on this earth. And let me tell you, there's not much to write home about. God hasn't made it easy for us.
I've seen it all and it's nothing but smoke - smoke, and spitting into the wind.
Life's a corkscrew that can't be straightened, A minus that won't add up.
I said to myself, "I know more and I'm wiser than anyone before me in Jerusalem. I've stockpiled wisdom and knowledge."
What I've finally concluded is that so-called wisdom and knowledge are mindless and witless - nothing but spitting into the wind.
Much learning earns you much trouble. The more you know, the more you hurt.
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved. (The Message Bible Online)