Ecclesiastes 1:5

5 The sun rises and the sun sets, and hurries back to where it rises.

Ecclesiastes 1:5 in Other Translations

5 The sun also ariseth, and the sun goeth down, and hasteth to his place where he arose.
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, then hurries around to rise again.
5 The sun comes up and the sun goes down, then does it again, and again - the same old round.
5 The sun rises and the sun sets; panting, [it returns] to its place where it rises.

Ecclesiastes 1:5 Meaning and Commentary

Ecclesiastes 1:5

The sun also ariseth, and the sun goeth down, and hasteth to
his place where he arose.
] The sun rises in the morning and sets at evening in our hemisphere, according to the appearance of things; and then it makes haste to go round the other hemisphere in the night: it "pants", as the word F20 signifies; the same figure is used by other writers F21; like a man out of breath with running; so this glorious body, which rejoiceth as a strong man to run his race, and whose circuit is from one end of the heavens to the other, ( Psalms 19:5 Psalms 19:6 ) ; is in haste to get to the place where he rose in the morning, and there he makes no stop, but pursues his course in the same track again. By this instance is exemplified the succession of the generations of men one after another, as the rising and setting of the sun continually follows each other; and also sets forth the restless state of things in the world, which, like the sun, are never at a stand, but always moving, and swiftly taking their course; and likewise the changeable state of man, who, like the rising sun, and when at noon day, is in flourishing circumstances, and in the height of prosperity, but as this declines and sets, so he has his declining times and days of adversity. Moreover, like the rising sun, he comes into this world and appears for a while, and then, like the setting sun, he dies; only with this difference, in which the sun has the preference to him, as the earth before had; the sun hastens and comes to its place from whence it arose, but man lies down and rises not again till the heavens be no more, and never returns to his place in this world, that knows him no more, ( Job 7:10 ) ( 14:12 ) . The Jews F23 say, before the sun of one righteous, man sets, the sun of another righteous man rises.


F20 (pawv) "anhelus", Montanus, Tigurine version; "anhelat", Drusius, Piscator, Cocceius, Amama; "anhelaus est", Rambachius; "doth he breathe", Broughton.
F21 "Placebits anhelat", Claudian. Epigrarm. "Equis oriens afflavit anhelis", Virgil. Georgic. l. 1. v. 250. Aeneid, l. 5.
F23 Apud R. Joseph. Titatzak in loc. Midrash Kohelet in loc.

Ecclesiastes 1:5 In-Context

3 What do people gain from all their labors at which they toil under the sun?
4 Generations come and generations go, but the earth remains forever.
5 The sun rises and the sun sets, and hurries back to where it rises.
6 The wind blows to the south and turns to the north; round and round it goes, ever returning on its course.
7 All streams flow into the sea, yet the sea is never full. To the place the streams come from, there they return again.

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