Ecclesiastes 1:10; Ecclesiastes 1:17; Ecclesiastes 2:3; Ecclesiastes 2:10; Ecclesiastes 2:15; Ecclesiastes 2:19; Ecclesiastes 2:21; Ecclesiastes 2:23; Ecclesiastes 2:26; Ecclesiastes 3:19; Ecclesiastes 4:4; Ecclesiastes 4:8; Ecclesiastes 4:16; Ecclesiastes 5:10; Ecclesiastes 6:2; Ecclesiastes 6:9; Ecclesiastes 7:6; Ecclesiastes 7:10; Ecclesiastes 7:14; Ecclesiastes 7:18; Ecclesiastes 7:27; Ecclesiastes 7:29; Ecclesiastes 8:9-10; Ecclesiastes 8:14; Ecclesiastes 9:1; Ecclesiastes 9:3; Ecclesiastes 11:6; Ecclesiastes 12:13
Is there anything of which one might say, "See this, it is new "? Already it has existed for ages Which were before us.
And I set my mind to know wisdom and to know madness and folly; I realized that this also is striving after wind.
I explored with my mind how to stimulate my body with wine while my mind was guiding me wisely, and how to take hold of folly, until I could see what good there is for the sons of men to do under heaven the few years of their lives.
All that my eyes desired I did not refuse them. I did not withhold my heart from any pleasure, for my heart was pleased because of all my labor and this was my reward for all my labor.
Then I said to myself, "As is the fate of the fool, it will also befall me. Why then have I been extremely wise?" So I said to myself, "This too is vanity."
And who knows whether he will be a wise man or a fool? Yet he will have control over all the fruit of my labor for which I have labored by acting wisely under the sun. This too is vanity.
When there is a man who has labored with wisdom, knowledge and skill, then he gives his legacy to one who has not labored with them. This too is vanity and a great evil.
Because all his days his task is painful and grievous; even at night his mind does not rest. This too is vanity.
For to a person who is good in His sight He has given wisdom and knowledge and joy, while to the sinner He has given the task of gathering and collecting so that he may give to one who is good in God's sight. This too is vanity and striving after wind.
For the fate of the sons of men and the fate of beasts is the same. As one dies so dies the other; indeed, they all have the same breath and there is no advantage for man over beast, for all is vanity.
I have seen that every labor and every skill which is done is the result of rivalry between a man and his neighbor. This too is vanity and striving after wind.
There was a certain man without a dependent, having neither a son nor a brother, yet there was no end to all his labor. Indeed, his eyes were not satisfied with riches and he never asked, "And for whom am I laboring and depriving myself of pleasure?" This too is vanity and it is a grievous task.
There is no end to all the people, to all who were before them, and even the ones who will come later will not be happy with him, for this too is vanity and striving after wind.
He who loves money will not be satisfied with money, nor he who loves abundance with its income. This too is vanity.
a man to whom God has given riches and wealth and honor so that his soul lacks nothing of all that he desires; yet God has not empowered him to eat from them, for a foreigner enjoys them. This is vanity and a severe affliction.
What the eyes see is better than what the soul desires. This too is futility and a striving after wind.
For as the crackling of thorn bushes under a pot, So is the laughter of the fool; And this too is futility.
Do not say, "Why is it that the former days were better than these?" For it is not from wisdom that you ask about this.
In the day of prosperity be happy, But in the day of adversity consider - God has made the one as well as the other So that man will not discover anything that will be after him.
It is good that you grasp one thing and also not let go of the other; for the one who fears God comes forth with both of them.
"Behold, I have discovered this," says the Preacher, "adding one thing to another to find an explanation,
"Behold, I have found only this, that God made men upright, but they have sought out many devices."
All this I have seen and applied my mind to every deed that has been done under the sun wherein a man has exercised authority over another man to his hurt.
So then, I have seen the wicked buried, those who used to go in and out from the holy place, and they are soon forgotten in the city where they did thus. This too is futility.
There is futility which is done on the earth, that is, there are righteous men to whom it happens according to the deeds of the wicked. On the other hand, there are evil men to whom it happens according to the deeds of the righteous. I say that this too is futility.
For I have taken all this to my heart and explain it that righteous men, wise men, and their deeds are in the hand of God. Man does not know whether it will be love or hatred; anything awaits him.
This is an evil in all that is done under the sun, that there is one fate for all men. Furthermore, the hearts of the sons of men are full of evil and insanity is in their hearts throughout their lives. Afterwards they go to the dead.
Sow your seed in the morning and do not be idle in the evening, for you do not know whether morning or evening sowing will succeed, or whether both of them alike will be good.
The conclusion , when all has been heard, is: fear God and keep His commandments, because this applies to every person.