Ecclesiastes 1:9; Ecclesiastes 1:11; Ecclesiastes 2:11; Ecclesiastes 2:16; Ecclesiastes 2:24; Ecclesiastes 3:12; Ecclesiastes 3:14; Ecclesiastes 3:19; Ecclesiastes 3:22; Ecclesiastes 4:1; Ecclesiastes 4:8; Ecclesiastes 4:10; Ecclesiastes 4:16; Ecclesiastes 5:4; Ecclesiastes 5:14; Ecclesiastes 6:2; Ecclesiastes 7:20; Ecclesiastes 8:7-8; Ecclesiastes 8:15-16; Ecclesiastes 9:5-6; Ecclesiastes 9:10; Ecclesiastes 10:11; Ecclesiastes 12:1; Ecclesiastes 12:12
That which has been is that which will be, And that which has been done is that which will be done. So there is nothing new under the sun.
There is no remembrance of earlier things; And also of the later things which will occur, There will be for them no remembrance Among those who will come later still.
Thus I considered all my activities which my hands had done and the labor which I had exerted, and behold all was vanity and striving after wind and there was no profit under the sun.
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!
There is nothing better for a man than to eat and drink and tell himself that his labor is good. This also I have seen that it is from the hand of God.
I know that there is nothing better for them than to rejoice and to do good in one's lifetime;
I know that everything God does will remain forever; there is nothing to add to it and there is nothing to take from it, for God has so worked that men should fear Him.
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 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?
Then I looked again at all the acts of oppression which were being done under the sun. And behold I saw the tears of the oppressed and that they had no one to comfort them; and on the side of their oppressors was power, but they had no one to comfort them.
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.
For if either of them falls, the one will lift up his companion. But woe to the one who falls when there is not another to lift him up.
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.
When you make a vow to God, do not be late in paying it; for He takes no delight in fools. Pay what you vow!
When those riches were lost through a bad investment and he had fathered a son, then there was nothing to support him.
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.
Indeed, there is not a righteous man on earth who continually does good and who never sins.
If no one knows what will happen, who can tell him when it will happen?
No man has authority to restrain the wind with the wind, or authority over the day of death; and there is no discharge in the time of war, and evil will not deliver those who practice it.
So I commended pleasure, for there is nothing good for a man under the sun except to eat and to drink and to be merry, and this will stand by him in his toils throughout the days of his life which God has given him under the sun.
When I gave my heart to know wisdom and to see the task which has been done on the earth (even though one should never sleep day or night ),
For the living know they will die; but the dead do not know anything, nor have they any longer a reward, for their memory is forgotten.
Indeed their love, their hate and their zeal have already perished, and they will no longer have a share in all that is done under the sun.
Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might; for there is no activity or planning or knowledge or wisdom in Sheol where you are going.
If the serpent bites before being charmed, there is no profit for the charmer .
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";
But beyond this, my son, be warned: the writing of many books is endless , and excessive devotion to books is wearying to the body.