Ecclesiastes 1:1-11New American Standard Bible (NASB)
The Futility of All Endeavor
1 The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem.
2 “[a]Vanity of vanities,” says the Preacher, “[b]Vanity of vanities! All is [c]vanity.”
3 What advantage does man have in all his work Which he does under the sun? 4 A generation goes and a generation comes, But the earth [d]remains forever. 5 Also, the sun rises and the sun sets; And [e]hastening to its place it rises there again. 6 [f]Blowing toward the south, Then turning toward the north, The wind continues [g]swirling along; And on its circular courses the wind returns. 7 All the rivers [h]flow into the sea, Yet the sea is not full. To the place where the rivers [i]flow, There they [j]flow again. 8 All things are wearisome; Man is not able to tell it. The eye is not satisfied with seeing, Nor is the ear filled with hearing. 9 That which has been is that which will be, And that which has been done is that which will be done. So there is nothing new under the sun. 10 Is there anything of which one might say, “See this, it is new”? Already it has existed for ages Which were before us. 11 There is no remembrance of [k]earlier things; And also of the [l]later things which will occur, There will be for them no remembrance Among those who will come [m]later still.
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