Ecclesiastes Chapter 1 Young's Literal Translation

Ecclesiastes 1:1

Words of a preacher, son of David, king in Jerusalem:

Ecclesiastes 1:2

Vanity of vanities, said the Preacher, Vanity of vanities: the whole `is' vanity.

Ecclesiastes 1:3

What advantage `is' to man by all his labour that he laboureth at under the sun?

Ecclesiastes 1:4

A generation is going, and a generation is coming, and the earth to the age is standing.

Ecclesiastes 1:5

Also, the sun hath risen, and the sun hath gone in, and unto its place panting it is rising there.

Ecclesiastes 1:6

Going unto the south, and turning round unto the north, turning round, turning round, the wind is going, and by its circuits the wind hath returned.

Ecclesiastes 1:7

All the streams are going unto the sea, and the sea is not full; unto a place whither the streams are going, thither they are turning back to go.

Ecclesiastes 1:8

All these things are wearying; a man is not able to speak, the eye is not satisfied by seeing, nor filled is the ear from hearing.

Ecclesiastes 1:9

What `is' that which hath been? it `is' that which is, and what `is' that which hath been done? it `is' that which is done, and there is not an entirely new thing under the sun.

Ecclesiastes 1:10

There is a thing of which `one' saith: `See this, it `is' new!' already it hath been in the ages that were before us!

Ecclesiastes 1:11

There is not a remembrance of former `generations'; and also of the latter that are, there is no remembrance of them with those that are at the last.

Ecclesiastes 1:12

I, a preacher, have been king over Israel in Jerusalem.

Ecclesiastes 1:13

And I have given my heart to seek and to search out by wisdom concerning all that hath been done under the heavens. It `is' a sad travail God hath given to the sons of man to be humbled by it.

Ecclesiastes 1:14

I have seen all the works that have been done under the sun, and lo, the whole `is' vanity and vexation of spirit!

Ecclesiastes 1:15

A crooked thing `one' is not able to make straight, and a lacking thing is not able to be numbered.

Ecclesiastes 1:16

I -- I spake with my heart, saying, `I, lo, I have magnified and added wisdom above every one who hath been before me at Jerusalem, and my heart hath seen abundantly wisdom and knowledge.

Ecclesiastes 1:17

And I give my heart to know wisdom, and to know madness and folly: I have known that even this `is' vexation of spirit;

Ecclesiastes 1:18

for, in abundance of wisdom `is' abundance of sadness, and he who addeth knowledge addeth pain.'