Ecclesiastes 1New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)
1 The words of David’s son, Qoheleth, king in Jerusalem:[a]
2 Vanity of vanities,[b] says Qoheleth,
Vanity of Human Toil
3 What profit have we from all the toil
9 What has been, that will be; what has been done, that will be done. Nothing is new under the sun! 10 Even the thing of which we say, “See, this is new!” has already existed in the ages that preceded us. 11 There is no remembrance of past generations; nor will future generations be remembered by those who come after them.[e]
I. Qoheleth’s Investigation of Life
Twofold Introduction. 12 I, Qoheleth, was king over Israel in Jerusalem, 13 and I applied my mind to search and investigate in wisdom all things that are done under the sun.
A bad business God has given
14 I have seen all things that are done under the sun, and behold, all is vanity and a chase after wind.[f]
15 What is crooked cannot be made straight,
16 Though I said to myself, “See, I have greatly increased my wisdom beyond all who were before me in Jerusalem, and my mind has broad experience of wisdom and knowledge,” 17 yet when I applied my mind to know wisdom and knowledge, madness and folly, I learned that this also is a chase after wind.
18 For in much wisdom there is much sorrow;