Darby's English Translation

Proverbs 31

Ecclesiastes or, The Preacher

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Chapter 1

1

 

  The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem.  

 

 


2

 

  Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities! all is vanity.  

 

 


3

 

  What profit hath man of all his labour wherewith he laboureth under the sun?  

 

 


4

 

  [One] generation passeth away, and [another] generation cometh, but the earth standeth for ever.  

 

 


5

 

  The sun also riseth, and the sun goeth down, and hasteth to its place where it ariseth.  

 

 


6

 

  The wind goeth towards the south, and turneth about towards the north: it turneth about continually, and the wind returneth again to its circuits.  

 

 


7

 

  All the rivers run into the sea, yet the sea is not full: unto the place whither the rivers go, thither they go again.  

 

 


8

 

  All things are full of toil; none can express it. The eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing.  

 

 


9

 

  That which hath been is that which shall be; and that which hath been done is that which will be done: and there is nothing new under the sun.  

 

 


10

 

  Is there a thing whereof it may be said, See, this is new? It hath been already in the ages which were before us.  

 

 


11

 

  There is no remembrance of former things; neither shall there be remembrance of things that are to come with those who shall live afterwards.  

 

 


12

 

  I, the Preacher, was king over Israel in Jerusalem.  

 

 


13

 

  And I applied my heart to seek and search out by wisdom concerning all that is done under the heavens: this grievous occupation hath God given to the children of men to weary themselves therewith.  

 

 


14

 

  I have seen all the works that are done under the sun, and behold, all is vanity and pursuit of the wind.  

 

 


15

 

  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 have become great and have acquired wisdom more than all they that have been before me over Jerusalem; and my heart hath seen much of wisdom and knowledge.  

 

 


17

 

  And I applied my heart to the knowledge of wisdom, and to the knowledge of madness and folly: I perceived that this also is a striving after the wind.  

 

 


18

 

  For in much wisdom is much vexation, and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow.  

 

 


Ecclesiastes 2

 

 

 

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