Ecclesiastes 1:2-4 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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2 Smoke, nothing but smoke. [That's what the Quester says.] There's nothing to anything - it's all smoke. 2 "Meaningless! Meaningless!" says the Teacher. "Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless."
3 What's there to show for a lifetime of work, a lifetime of working your fingers to the bone? 3 What does man gain from all his labor at which he toils under the sun?
4 One generation goes its way, the next one arrives, but nothing changes - it's business as usual for old planet earth. 4 Generations come and generations go, but the earth remains forever.