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Ecclesiastes 1

1:1 The wordes of the Preacher, the son of Dauid, King in Ierusalem. 1:2 Uanitie of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanitie of vanities, all is vanitie. 1:3 What profite hath a man of all his labour which hee taketh vnder the Sunne 1:4 One generation passeth away, and another generation commeth: but the earth abideth for euer. 1:5 The Sunne also ariseth, and the Sunne goeth downe, and hasteth to the place where he arose. 1:6 The winde goeth toward the South, and turneth about vnto the North; it whirleth about continually, and the winde returneth againe according to his circuits. 1:7 All the riuers runne into the sea, yet the Sea is not full: vnto the place from whence the riuers come, thither they returne againe. 1:8 All things are full of labour, man cannot vtter it: the eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the eare filled with hearing. 1:9 The thing that hath beene, it is that which shall be: and that which is done, is that which shall be done; and there is no new thing vnder the sunne. 1:10 Is there any thing, whereof it may be sayd, See, this is new it hath beene already of olde time, which was before vs. 1:11 There is no remembrance of former things; neither shall there bee any remembrance of things that are to come, with those that shall come after. 1:12 I the Preacher was king ouer Israel in Ierusalem. 1:13 And I gaue my heart to seeke and search out by wisedome, concerning all things that are done vnder heauen: this sore trauell hath God giuen to the sonnes of man, to be exercised therewith. 1:14 I haue seene all the workes that are done vnder the Sunne, and behold, all is vanitie, and vexation of spirit. 1:15 That which is crooked, cannot be made straight: and that which is wanting cannot be numbred. 1:16 I communed with mine owne heart, saying, Loe, I am come to great estate, and haue gotten more wisedome then all they that haue beene before me in Ierusalem: yea my heart had great experience of wisedome & knowledge. 1:17 And I gaue my heart to know wisedome, and to know madnesse and folly: I perceiued that this also is vexation of spirit. 1:18 For in much wisedome is much griefe: and hee that increaseth knowledge, increaseth sorrow.

King James Version 1611 - Public Domain