Psalm 96(A)

Sing to the Lord(B) a new song;(C)
    sing to the Lord, all the earth.
Sing to the Lord, praise his name;(D)
    proclaim his salvation(E) day after day.
Declare his glory(F) among the nations,
    his marvelous deeds(G) among all peoples.

For great is the Lord and most worthy of praise;(H)
    he is to be feared(I) above all gods.(J)
For all the gods of the nations are idols,(K)
    but the Lord made the heavens.(L)
Splendor and majesty(M) are before him;
    strength and glory(N) are in his sanctuary.

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“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)
The sun rises and the sun sets,
    and hurries back to where it rises.(D)
The wind blows to the south
    and turns to the north;
round and round it goes,
    ever returning on its course.
All streams flow into the sea,
    yet the sea is never full.
To the place the streams come from,
    there they return again.(E)
All things are wearisome,
    more than one can say.
The eye never has enough of seeing,(F)
    nor the ear its fill of hearing.
What has been will be again,
    what has been done will be done again;(G)
    there is nothing new under the sun.
10 Is there anything of which one can say,
    “Look! This is something new”?
It was here already, long ago;
    it was here before our time.
11 No one remembers the former generations,(H)
    and even those yet to come
will not be remembered
    by those who follow them.(I)

Wisdom Is Meaningless

12 I, the Teacher,(J) was king over Israel in Jerusalem.(K) 13 I applied my mind to study and to explore by wisdom all that is done under the heavens.(L) What a heavy burden God has laid on mankind!(M) 14 I have seen all the things that are done under the sun; all of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind.(N)

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