1The wordsof the Preacher, the sonof David, kingin Jerusalem.
2Vanityof vanities, saiththe Preacher, vanityof vanities; all is vanity. 3What profithath a manof all his labourwhich he takethunder the sun?
4 One generationpasseth away, and another generationcometh: but the earthabidethfor ever. 5The sunalso ariseth, and the sungoeth down, and hastethto his placewhere he arose.
6The windgoethtoward the south, and turneth aboutunto the north; it whirleth about continually, and the windreturneth againaccording to his circuits. 7All the riversruninto the sea; yet the sea is not full; unto the placefrom whence the riverscome, thither they returnagain.
8All things are full of labour; mancannotutter it: the eyeis not satisfiedwith seeing, nor the earfilledwith hearing.
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. 10Is there any thingwhereof it may be said, See, this is new? it hath been alreadyof old time, which was before us. 11 There is no remembranceof former things; neither shall there be any remembrance of things that are to come with those that shall come after.
12I the Preacherwas kingover Israelin Jerusalem. 13And I gavemy heartto seekand search outby wisdom concerning all things that are doneunder heaven: this soretravailhath Godgivento the sonsof manto be exercised therewith. 14I have seenall the worksthat are doneunder the sun; and, behold, all is vanityand vexationof spirit. 15 That which is crookedcannotbe made straight: and that which is wantingcannotbe numbered.
16I communedwith mine own heart, saying, Lo, I am come to great estate, and have gottenmore wisdom than all they that have been beforeme in Jerusalem: yea, my hearthad greatexperienceof wisdomand knowledge. 17And I gavemy heartto knowwisdom, and to knowmadnessand folly: I perceivedthat thisalso is vexationof spirit. 18For in muchwisdom is muchgrief: and he that increasethknowledgeincreaseth sorrow.