Ecclesiastes - Chapter 1 | King James Version (KJV)

  • 1. The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem.
  • 2. Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all {cf15I is} vanity.
  • 3. What profit hath a man of all his labour which he taketh under the sun?
  • 4. {cf15I One} generation passeth away, and {cf15I another} generation cometh: but the earth abideth for ever.
  • 5. The sun also ariseth, and the sun goeth down, and hasteth to his place where he arose.
  • 6. 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.
  • 7. All the rivers run into the sea; yet the sea {cf15I is} not full; unto the place from whence the rivers come, thither they return again.
  • 8. All things {cf15I are} full of labour; man cannot utter {cf15I it}: the eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing.
  • 9. The thing that hath been, it {cf15I is that} which shall be; and that which is done {cf15I is} that which shall be done: and {cf15I there is} no new {cf15I thing} under the sun.
  • 10. Is there {cf15I any} thing whereof it may be said, See, this {cf15I is} new? it hath been already of old time, which was before us.
  • 11. {cf15I There is} no remembrance of former {cf15I things}; neither shall there be {cf15I any} remembrance of {cf15I things} that are to come with {cf15I those} that shall come after.
  • 12. I the Preacher was king over Israel in Jerusalem.
  • 13. And I gave my heart to seek and search out by wisdom concerning all {cf15I things} that are done under heaven: this sore travail hath God given to the sons of man to be exercised therewith.
  • 14. I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and, behold, all {cf15I is} vanity and vexation of spirit.
  • 15. {cf15I That which is} crooked cannot be made straight: and that which is wanting cannot be numbered.
  • 16. I communed with mine own heart, saying, Lo, I am come to great estate, and have gotten more wisdom than all {cf15I they} that have been before me in Jerusalem: yea, my heart had great experience of wisdom and knowledge.
  • 17. And I gave my heart to know wisdom, and to know madness and folly: I perceived that this also is vexation of spirit.
  • 18. For in much wisdom {cf15I is} much grief: and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow.