Ecclesiastes 1

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