Ecclesiastes Chapter 1 - American Standard Version

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The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem.
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Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher; vanity of vanities, all is vanity.
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What profit hath man of all his labor wherein he laboreth under the sun?
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One generation goeth, and another generation cometh; but the earth abideth for ever.
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The sun also ariseth, and the sun goeth down, and hasteth to its place where it ariseth.
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The wind goeth toward the south, and turneth about unto the north; it turneth about continually in its course, and the wind returneth again to its circuits.
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All the rivers run into the sea, yet the sea is not full; unto the place whither the rivers go, thither they go again.
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All things are full of weariness; man cannot utter [it]: the eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing.
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That which hath been is that which shall be; and that which hath been done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.
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Is there a thing whereof it may be said, See, this is new? it hath been long ago, in the ages which were before us.
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There is no remembrance of the former [generations]; neither shall there be any remembrance of the latter [generations] that are to come, among those that shall come after.
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I the Preacher was king over Israel in Jerusalem.
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And I applied my heart to seek and to search out by wisdom concerning all that is done under heaven: it is a sore travail that God hath given to the sons of men to be exercised therewith.
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I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and, behold, all is vanity and a striving after wind.
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That which is crooked cannot be made straight; and that which is wanting cannot be numbered.
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I communed with mine own hear, saying, Lo, I have gotten me great wisdom above all that were before me in Jerusalem; yea, my heart hath had great experience of wisdom and knowledge.
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And I applied my heart to know wisdom, and to know madness and folly: I perceived that this also was a striving after wind.
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For in much wisdom is much grief; and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow.