The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem.
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
The sun also ariseth, and the sun goeth down, and hasteth to his place where he
The wind goeth toward the south, and turneth about unto the north; it whirleth
about continually, and the wind returneth again according to his circuits.
All the rivers run into the sea; yet the sea is not full; unto the place from
whence the rivers come, thither they return again.
All things are full of labour; man cannot utter it: the eye is not satisfied with
seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing.
The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that
which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.
Is there any thing whereof it may be said, See, this is new? it hath been already
of old time, which was before us.
There is no remembrance of former things; neither shall there be any remembrance of
things that are to come with those that shall come after.
I the Preacher was king over Israel in Jerusalem.
And I gave my heart to seek and search out by wisdom concerning all things that are
done under heaven: this sore travail hath God given to the sons of man to be exercised
I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and, behold, all is vanity
and vexation of spirit.
That which is crooked cannot be made straight: and that which is wanting cannot be
I communed with mine own heart, saying, Lo, I am come to great estate, and have
gotten more wisdom than all they that have been before me in Jerusalem: yea, my heart
had great experience of wisdom and knowledge.
And I gave my heart to know wisdom, and to know madness and folly: I perceived that
this also is vexation of spirit.
For in much wisdom is much grief: and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth