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Ecclesiastes

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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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