[a]Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher: vanity of vanities, all is vanity.

What remaineth unto man in all his [b]travail, which he suffereth under the sun?

One generation passeth, and another generation succeedeth: but the earth remaineth [c]forever.

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Footnotes

  1. Ecclesiastes 1:2 He condemneth the opinions of all men that set felicity in any thing, but in God alone, seeing that in this world all things are as vanity and nothing.
  2. Ecclesiastes 1:3 Solomon doth not condemn man’s labor or diligence, but showeth that there is no full contentation in any thing under the heaven, nor in any creature, forasmuch as all things are transitory.
  3. Ecclesiastes 1:4 One man dieth after another, and the earth remaineth longest, even to the last day, which yet is subject to corruption.

“Meaningless! Meaningless!”
    says the Teacher.
“Utterly meaningless!
    Everything is meaningless.”(A)

What do people gain from all their labors
    at which they toil under the sun?(B)
Generations come and generations go,
    but the earth remains forever.(C)

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

What profit hath a man of all his labour which he taketh under the sun?

One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh: but the earth abideth for ever.

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