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The Vanity of Life

The words of the Preacher, the son of David, (A)king in Jerusalem.

“Vanity(B)[a] of vanities,” says the Preacher;
“Vanity of vanities, (C)all is vanity.”

(D)What profit has a man from all his labor
In which he [b]toils under the sun?

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Footnotes

  1. Ecclesiastes 1:2 Or Absurdity, Frustration, Futility, Nonsense; and so throughout the book
  2. Ecclesiastes 1:3 labors

All things are [a]full of labor;
Man cannot express it.
(A)The eye is not satisfied with seeing,
Nor the ear filled with hearing.

(B)That which has been is what will be,
That which is done is what will be done,
And there is nothing new under the sun.

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Footnotes

  1. Ecclesiastes 1:8 wearisome

10 Whatever my eyes desired I did not keep from them.
I did not withhold my heart from any pleasure,
For my heart rejoiced in all my labor;
And (A)this was my [a]reward from all my labor.
11 Then I looked on all the works that my hands had done
And on the labor in which I had toiled;
And indeed all was (B)vanity and grasping for the wind.
There was no profit under the sun.

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Footnotes

  1. Ecclesiastes 2:10 Lit. portion

14 (A)The wise man’s eyes are in his head,
But the fool walks in darkness.
Yet I myself perceived
That (B)the same event happens to them all.

15 So I said in my heart,
“As it happens to the fool,
It also happens to me,
And why was I then more wise?”
Then I said in my heart,
“This also is vanity.”

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17 Therefore I hated life because the work that was done under the sun was distressing to me, for all is vanity and grasping for the wind.

18 Then I hated all my labor in which I had toiled under the sun, because (A)I must leave it to the man who will come after me.

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11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts, except that (A)no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end.

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Now godliness with (A)contentment is great gain.

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(A)Honor the Lord with your possessions,
And with the firstfruits of all your increase;

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