Ecclesiastes

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1   The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem.

2   Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all {is} vanity.

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 hasteth to his place where he arose. {hasteth: Heb. panteth}

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 return again. {return...: Heb. return to go}

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. {to be...: or, to afflict them}

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 wanting cannot be numbered. {that which is wanting: Heb. defect}

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. {had...: Heb. had seen much}

17   And I gave my heart to know wisdom, and to know madness and folly: I perceived that this also is vexation of spirit.

18   For in much wisdom {is} much grief: and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow.

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