Ecclesiastes 12:8

8 “Meaningless! Meaningless!” says the Teacher.[a]“Everything is meaningless!”

Ecclesiastes 12:8 in Other Translations

King James Version (KJV)
8 Vanity of vanities, saith the preacher; all is vanity.
English Standard Version (ESV)
8 Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher; all is vanity.
New Living Translation (NLT)
8 “Everything is meaningless,” says the Teacher, “completely meaningless.”
The Message Bible (MSG)
8 It's all smoke, nothing but smoke. The Quester says that everything's smoke.
American Standard Version (ASV)
8 Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher; all is vanity.
GOD'S WORD Translation (GW)
8 "Absolutely pointless!" says the spokesman. "Everything is pointless!"
Holman Christian Standard Bible (CSB)
8 "Absolute futility," says the Teacher. "Everything is futile."
New International Reader's Version (NIRV)
8 "Meaningless! Everything is meaningless!" says the Teacher. "Nothing has any meaning."

Ecclesiastes 12:8 Meaning and Commentary

Ecclesiastes 12:8

Vanity of vanities, saith the preacher
The wise man, or preacher, set out in the beginning of the book with this doctrine, or proposition, which he undertook to prove; and now having proved it by an induction of particulars, instanced in the wisdom, wealth, honours, pleasures, and profit of men, and shown the vanity of them, and that the happiness of men lies not in these things, but in the knowledge and fear of God; he repeats it, and most strongly asserts it, as an undoubted truth beyond all dispute and contradiction, that all things under the sun are not only vain, but vanity itself, extremely vain, vain in the superlative degree; all [is] vanity;
all things in the world are vain; all creatures are subject to vanity; man in every state, and in his best estate, is altogether vanity: this the wise man might with great confidence affirm, after he had shown that not only childhood and youth are vanity, but even old age; the infirmities, sorrows, and distresses of which he had just exposed, and observed that all issue in death, the last end of man, when his body returns to the earth, and his soul to God the giver of it.

Ecclesiastes 12:8 In-Context

6 Remember him—before the silver cord is severed, and the golden bowl is broken; before the pitcher is shattered at the spring, and the wheel broken at the well,
7 and the dust returns to the ground it came from, and the spirit returns to God who gave it.
8 “Meaningless! Meaningless!” says the Teacher.“Everything is meaningless!”
9 Not only was the Teacher wise, but he also imparted knowledge to the people. He pondered and searched out and set in order many proverbs.
10 The Teacher searched to find just the right words, and what he wrote was upright and true.

Cross References 2

  • 1. Ecclesiastes 1:1
  • 2. S Ecclesiastes 1:2

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. Or "the leader of the assembly" ; also in verses 9 and 10
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