All Is Vanity
The words of the Preacher, the son of David, a king in Jerusalem.
"Vanity b of vanities," says the Preacher;
"Vanity of vanities, c all is vanity."
d What profit has a man from all his labor
In which he toils under the sun?
One generation passes away, and another generation comes;
e But the earth abides forever.
f The sun also rises, and the sun goes down,
And hastens to the place where it arose.
g The wind goes toward the south,
And turns around to the north;
The wind whirls about continually,
And comes again on its circuit.
h All the rivers run into the sea,
Yet the sea is not full;
To the place from which the rivers come,
There they return again.
All things are full of labor;
Man cannot express it.
i The eye is not satisfied with seeing,
Nor the ear filled with hearing.
j That which has been is what will be,
That which is done is what will be done,
And there is nothing new under the sun.
Is there anything of which it may be said,
"See, this is new"?
It has already been in ancient times before us.
There is k no remembrance of former things,
Nor will there be any remembrance of things that are to come
By those who will come after.
New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel:
Indeed, You have made my days as handbreadths, And my age is as nothing before You; Certainly every man at his best state is but vapor. Selah
Surely every man walks about like a shadow; Surely they busy themselves in vain; He heaps up riches, And does not know who will gather them.
Surely men of low degree are a vapor, Men of high degree are a lie; If they are weighed on the scales, They are altogether lighter than vapor.
Man is like a breath; His days are like a passing shadow.
"Vanity of vanities," says the Preacher, "All is vanity."
For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope.
Because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.
For what has man for all his labor, and for the striving of his heart with which he has toiled under the sun?
What profit has the worker from that in which he labors?
You who laid the foundations of the earth, So that it should not be moved forever.
Your faithfulness endures to all generations; You established the earth, and it abides.
Psalms 19:4 - 6
Their line has gone out through all the earth, And their words to the end of the world. In them He has set a tabernacle for the sun.
As you do not know what is the way of the wind, Or how the bones grow in the womb of her who is with child, So you do not know the works of God who makes everything.
"The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit."
They went up over the mountains; They went down into the valleys, To the place which You founded for them.
You have set a boundary that they may not pass over, That they may not return to cover the earth.
Do you not fear Me?' says the LORD. 'Will you not tremble at My presence, Who have placed the sand as the bound of the sea, By a perpetual decree, that it cannot pass beyond it? And though its waves toss to and fro, Yet they cannot prevail; Though they roar, yet they cannot pass over it.
Hell and Destruction are never full; So the eyes of man are never satisfied.
There is one alone, without companion: He has neither son nor brother. Yet there is no end to all his labors, Nor is his eye satisfied with riches. But he never asks, "For whom do I toil and deprive myself of good?" This also is vanity and a grave misfortune.
That which is has already been, And what is to be has already been; And God requires an account of what is past.
For there is no more remembrance of the wise than of the fool forever, Since all that now is will be forgotten in the days to come. And how does a wise man die? As the fool!