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Ecclesiastes 1

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ECCLES 1:1 The words of the preacher, the son of David, king of Jerusalem.

ECCLES 1:2 Vanity of vanities, saith the preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity.

ECCLES 1:3 What profit hath a man of all his labor, which he taketh under the sun?

ECCLES 1:4 One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh: but the earth abideth for ever.

ECCLES 1:5 The sun also riseth, and the sun goeth down, and hasteth to his place where he arose.

ECCLES 1:6 The wind goeth towards the south, and turneth about to the north; it whirleth about continually, and the wind returneth again according to its circuits.

ECCLES 1:7 All the rivers run into the sea; yet the sea is not full; to the place from whence the rivers come, thither they return again.

ECCLES 1:8 All things are full of labor; man cannot utter it: the eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing.

ECCLES 1:9 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.

ECCLES 1:10 Is there any thing of which it may be said, See, this is new? it hath been already of old time, which was before us.

ECCLES 1:11 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.

ECCLES 1:12 I the preacher was king over Israel in Jerusalem.

ECCLES 1:13 And I gave my heart to seek and search out by wisdom concerning all things that are done under heaven: this grievous labor hath God given to the sons of man to be exercised with it.

ECCLES 1:14 I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and behold, all is vanity and vexation of spirit.

ECCLES 1:15 That which is crooked cannot be made straight: and that which is wanting cannot be numbered.

ECCLES 1:16 I communed with my own heart, saying, Lo, I have come to great estate, and have gained more wisdom than all they that have been before me in Jerusalem: and my heart had great experience of wisdom and knowledge.

ECCLES 1:17 And I gave my heart to know wisdom, and to know madness and folly: I perceived that this also is vexation of spirit.

ECCLES 1:18 For in much wisdom is much grief: and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow.