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Unlocked Literal Bible - Ecclesiastes

Ecclesiastes 1

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1These are the words of the Teacher, the descendant of David and king in Jerusalem.
2The Teacher says this. “Like a vapor of mist, like a breeze in the wind, everything vanishes, leaving many questions.
3What profit does mankind gain from all the work that they labor at under the sun?
4One generation goes, and another generation comes, but the earth remains forever.
5The sun rises, and it goes down and hurries back to the place where it rises again.
6The wind blows south and circles around to the north, always going around along its pathway and coming back again.
7All the rivers flow into the sea, but the sea is never full. To the place where the rivers go, there they go again.
8Everything becomes wearisome, and no one can explain it. The eye is not satisfied by what it sees, nor is the ear fulfilled by what it hears.
9Whatever has been is what will be, and whatever has been done is what will be done. There is nothing new under the sun.
10Is there anything about which it may be said, 'Look, this is new'? Whatever exists has already existed for a long time, during ages which came long before us.
11No one seems to remember the things that happened in ancient times, and the things that happened much later and that will happen in the future will not likely be remembered either.”
12I am the Teacher, and I have been king over Israel in Jerusalem.
13I applied my mind to study and to search out by wisdom everything that is done under heaven. That search is a burdensome task that God has given to the children of mankind to be busy with.
14I have seen all the deeds that are done under the sun, and look, they all amount to vapor and chasing the wind.
15The twisted cannot be straightened! The missing cannot be counted!
16I have spoken to my heart saying, “Look, I have acquired greater wisdom than all who were before me in Jerusalem. My mind has seen great wisdom and knowledge.”
17So I applied my heart to know wisdom and also madness and folly. I came to understand that this also was an attempt to shepherd the wind.
18For in the abundance of wisdom there is much frustration, and he who increases knowledge increases sorrow.