Ecclesiastes 1:7-17 KJV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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7 All the rivers run into the sea; yet the sea is not full; unto the place from whence the rivers come , thither they return again . 7 All streams flow into the sea, yet the sea is never full. To the place the streams come from, there they return again.
8 All things are full of labour; man cannot utter it: the eye is not satisfied with seeing , nor the ear filled with hearing . 8 All things are wearisome, more than one can say. The eye never has enough of seeing, nor the ear its fill of hearing.
9 The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done : and there is no new thing under the sun. 9 What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.
10 Is there any thing whereof it may be said , See , this is new? it hath been already of old time, which was before us. 10 Is there anything of which one can say, "Look! This is something new"? It was here already, long ago; it was here before our time.
11 There is no remembrance of former things; neither shall there be any remembrance of things that are to come with those that shall come after. 11 There is no remembrance of men of old, and even those who are yet to come will not be remembered by those who follow.
12 I the Preacher was king over Israel in Jerusalem. 12 I, the Teacher, was king over Israel in Jerusalem.
13 And I gave my heart to seek and search out by wisdom concerning all things that are done under heaven: this sore travail hath God given to the sons of man to be exercised therewith. 13 I devoted myself to study and to explore by wisdom all that is done under heaven. What a heavy burden God has laid on men!
14 I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and, behold, all is vanity and vexation of spirit. 14 I have seen all the things that are done under the sun; all of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind.
15 That which is crooked cannot be made straight : and that which is wanting cannot be numbered . 15 What is twisted cannot be straightened; what is lacking cannot be counted.
16 I communed with mine own heart, saying , Lo, I am come to great estate , and have gotten more wisdom than all they that have been before me in Jerusalem: yea, my heart had great experience of wisdom and knowledge. 16 I thought to myself, "Look, I have grown and increased in wisdom more than anyone who has ruled over Jerusalem before me; I have experienced much of wisdom and knowledge."
17 And I gave my heart to know wisdom, and to know madness and folly: I perceived that this also is vexation of spirit. 17 Then I applied myself to the understanding of wisdom, and also of madness and folly, but I learned that this, too, is a chasing after the wind.