The FarAboveAll translation of the Old Testament from the Masoretic Hebrew and Aramaic (WLC). See details on

Version 0.33.7, 30 December 2022


Ecclesiastes Chapter 1

1The words of the convener, the son of David, the king in Jerusalem.

2“Vanity of vanities,”

Says the convener,

“Vanity of vanities;

All is vanity.

3What is the benefit to a man

Of all his toil which he toils at

Under the sun?

4A generation goes and a generation comes,

But the world stands age-abidingly.

5And the sun rises, and the sun sets,

Then it draws towards its place

Where it rises again.

6It goes to the south, and it turns to the north;

Turning and turning, the wind goes,

And by its round trips

The wind returns.

7All the streams go to the sea,

But the sea is not full.

To the place where the streams flow,

There they return to flow again.

8Everything is wearisome;

No-one can utter it.

The eye is not satisfied with seeing,

And the ear is not filled with hearing.

9What has been is what will be,

And what has been done is what will be done,

And there is nothing new under the sun.

10Is there anything of which it can be said,

‘Look, this is new’?

It was already in existence in ancient times

Something which existed before us.

11There is no remembrance of the former things,

Nor will there be any remembrance of the latter things which will be,

With those who will be in existence

In the latter time.

12I, the convener, became king over Israel in Jerusalem, 13and I decided to seek and investigate by means of wisdom everything that has been done under heaven. It is a troublesome matter that God has given the sons of Adam to be afflicted by. 14I have seen all the works which are done under the sun, and look, everything is vanity and idle pursuit.

15That which is crooked

Cannot be made straight,

And that which is lacking

Cannot be counted.

16I spoke to myself deep down and said, ‘Here I am; I have become great, and I have increased in wisdom more than everyone who was before me in Jerusalem, and my heart has seen much wisdom and knowledge.’ 17And I devoted my heart to knowing wisdom, and to knowledge of folly and foolishness, and I came to know that this too is idle pursuit.

18For in much wisdom there is much annoyance,

And he who increases knowledge

Increases sorrow.