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

 
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1 These are the words of the Teacher, King David's son, who ruled in Jerusalem. 1 The words of the Teacher, son of David, king in Jerusalem:
2 "Everything is meaningless," says the Teacher, "utterly meaningless!" 2 "Meaningless! Meaningless!" says the Teacher. "Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless."
3 What do people get for all their hard work? 3 What does man gain from all his labor at which he toils under the sun?
4 Generations come and go, but nothing really changes. 4 Generations come and generations go, but the earth remains forever.
5 The sun rises and sets and hurries around to rise again. 5 The sun rises and the sun sets, and hurries back to where it rises.
6 The wind blows south and north, here and there, twisting back and forth, getting nowhere. 6 The wind blows to the south and turns to the north; round and round it goes, ever returning on its course.