1 The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem.
3 What profit hath a man of all his labour which he taketh under the sun?
4 One generation passeth away , and another generation cometh : but the earth abideth for ever.
5 The sun also ariseth , and the sun goeth down , and hastetha to his place where he arose .
6 The wind goeth toward the south, and turneth about unto the north; it whirleth about continually , and the wind returneth again according to his circuits.
7 All the rivers run into the sea; yet the sea is not full; unto the place from whence the rivers come , thither they returnb 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 .
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.
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.
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.
12 I the Preacher 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.
14 I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and, behold, all is vanity and vexation of spirit.
15 That which is crooked cannot be made straight : and that which is wantingc cannot be numbered .
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.
17 And I gave my heart to know wisdom, and to know madness and folly: I perceived that this also is vexation of spirit.