Ecclesiastes 1:4-5; Ecclesiastes 2:12; Ecclesiastes 2:16; Ecclesiastes 3:22; Ecclesiastes 5:3; Ecclesiastes 5:15-16; Ecclesiastes 6:4; Ecclesiastes 8:10; Ecclesiastes 9:14; Ecclesiastes 11:8-9; Ecclesiastes 12:1; Ecclesiastes 12:14
A generation goes and a generation comes, But the earth remains forever.
Also, the sun rises and the sun sets; And hastening to its place it rises there again.
So I turned to consider wisdom, madness and folly; for what will the man do who will come after the king except what has already been done?
For there is no lasting remembrance of the wise man as with the fool, inasmuch as in the coming days all will be forgotten. And how the wise man and the fool alike die!
I have seen that nothing is better than that man should be happy in his activities, for that is his lot. For who will bring him to see what will occur after him?
For the dream comes through much effort and the voice of a fool through many words.
As he had come naked from his mother's womb, so will he return as he came. He will take nothing from the fruit of his labor that he can carry in his hand.
This also is a grievous evil -exactly as a man is born, thus will he die. So what is the advantage to him who toils for the wind?
for it comes in futility and goes into obscurity; and its name is covered in obscurity.
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 was a small city with few men in it and a great king came to it, surrounded it and constructed large siegeworks against it.
Indeed, if a man should live many years, let him rejoice in them all, and let him remember the days of darkness, for they will be many. Everything that is to come will be futility.
Rejoice, young man, during your childhood, and let your heart be pleasant during the days of young manhood. And follow the impulses of your heart and the desires of your eyes. Yet know that God will bring you to judgment for all these things.
Remember also your Creator in the days of your youth, before the evil days come and the years draw near when you will say, "I have no delight in them";
For God will bring every act to judgment, everything which is hidden, whether it is good or evil.