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Ecclesiastes 1:1-6 ESV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem. 1 The words of the Teacher, son of David, king in Jerusalem:
2 Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher, vanity of vanities! All is vanity. 2 "Meaningless! Meaningless!" says the Teacher. "Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless."
3 What does man gain by all the toil at which he toils under the sun? 3 What does man gain from all his labor at which he toils under the sun?
4 A generation goes, and a generation comes, but the earth remains forever. 4 Generations come and generations go, but the earth remains forever.
5 The sun rises, and the sun goes down, and hastens to the place where it rises. 5 The sun rises and the sun sets, and hurries back to where it rises.
6 The wind blows to the south and goes around to the north; around and around goes the wind, and on its circuits the wind returns. 6 The wind blows to the south and turns to the north; round and round it goes, ever returning on its course.