Ecclesiastes 1 (asv)

Ecclesiastes 1 (asv)

1:1The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem. 1:2Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher; vanity of vanities, all is vanity. 1:3What profit hath man of all his labor wherein he laboreth under the sun? 1:4One generation goeth, and another generation cometh; but the earth abideth for ever. 1:5The sun also ariseth, and the sun goeth down, and hasteth to its place where it ariseth. 1:6The wind goeth toward the south, and turneth about unto the north; it turneth about continually in its course, and the wind returneth again to its circuits. 1:7All the rivers run into the sea, yet the sea is not full; unto the place whither the rivers go, thither they go again. 1:8All things are full of weariness; man cannot utter it: the eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing. 1:9That which hath been is that which shall be; and that which hath been done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun. 1:10Is there a thing whereof it may be said, See, this is new? it hath been long ago, in the ages which were before us. 1:11There is no remembrance of the former generations; neither shall there be any remembrance of the latter generations that are to come, among those that shall come after. 1:12I the Preacher was king over Israel in Jerusalem. 1:13And I applied my heart to seek and to search out by wisdom concerning all that is done under heaven: it is a sore travail that God hath given to the sons of men to be exercised therewith. 1:14I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and, behold, all is vanity and a striving after wind. 1:15That which is crooked cannot be made straight; and that which is wanting cannot be numbered. 1:16I communed with mine own hear, saying, Lo, I have gotten me great wisdom above all that were before me in Jerusalem; yea, my heart hath had great experience of wisdom and knowledge. 1:17And I applied my heart to know wisdom, and to know madness and folly: I perceived that this also was a striving after wind. 1:18For in much wisdom is much grief; and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow.


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