The words of the 1Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem.
"a2Vanity of vanities," says the Preacher, "bVanity of vanities ! All is cvanity."
33Whatadvantage does man have in all his workWhich he doesunder the sun ?
A generationgoes and a generationcomes, But the 4earthdremainsforever.
Also, 5the sunrises and the sunsets ; And ehastening to its place it risesthere again.
6f6Blowingtoward the south, Then turningtoward the north, The windcontinuesgswirlingalong ; And on its circularcourses the windreturns.
7All the rivershflow into the sea, Yet the sea is not full. To the placewhere the riversiflow, There they jflowagain.
8Allthings are wearisome ; Man is not able to tell it. 7The eye is not satisfied with seeing, Nor is the earfilled with hearing.
98That which has been is that which will be, And that which has been done is that which will be done. So there is nothingnewunder the sun.
Is thereanything of which one might say, "Seethis, it is new "? Already it has existed for agesWhich were before us.
11There is 9noremembrance of kearlierthings ; And also of the llaterthingswhich will occur, There will be for them noremembranceAmong those who will comemlater still.
I, the 10Preacher, have beenkingoverIsrael in Jerusalem.
And I 11set my nmind to seek and 12explore by wisdomconcerningall that has been doneunderheaven. It is oa grievous13task which God has given to the sons of men to be afflicted with.
I have seenall the workswhich have been doneunder the sun, and behold, all is p14vanity and striving after wind.
What is 15crookedcannot be straightened and what is lackingcannot be counted.
I qsaid to myself, "Behold, I have magnified and increased16wisdommorethanallwho were overJerusalembefore me; and my rmind has observedsa wealth of wisdom and knowledge."
And I 17set my tmind to knowwisdom and to 18knowmadness and folly ; I realized that thisalso is 19striving after wind.
18Because20in muchwisdom there is muchgrief, and increasingknowledge results in increasingpain.