Koheles 1

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Koheles (Book of Ecclesiastes), Chapter 1

'"`UNIQ--named-00000000-QINU`"'1 THE WORDS OF the Koheleth, the son of David, king in Jerusalem.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000001-QINU`"'2 Vanity of vanities, saith Koheleth; vanity of vanities, all is vanity.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000002-QINU`"'3 What profit hath man of all his labour wherein he laboureth under the sun?

'"`UNIQ--named-00000003-QINU`"'4 One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh; and the earth abideth for ever.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000004-QINU`"'5 The sun also ariseth, and the sun goeth down, and hasteth to his place where he ariseth.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000005-QINU`"'6 The wind goeth toward the south, and turneth about unto the north; it turneth about continually in its circuit, and the wind returneth again to its circuits.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000006-QINU`"'7 All the rivers run into the sea, yet the sea is not full; unto the place whither the rivers go, thither they go again.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000007-QINU`"'8 All things toil to weariness; man cannot utter it, the eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000008-QINU`"'9 That which hath been is that which shall be, and that which hath been done is that which shall be done; and there is nothing new under the sun.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000009-QINU`"'10 Is there a thing whereof it is said: 'See, this is new'? --it hath been already, in the ages which were before us.

'"`UNIQ--named-0000000A-QINU`"'11 There is no remembrance of them of former times; neither shall there be any remembrance of them of latter times that are to come, among those that shall come after.

'"`UNIQ--named-0000000B-QINU`"'12 I Koheleth have been king over Israel in Jerusalem.

'"`UNIQ--named-0000000C-QINU`"'13 And I applied my heart to seek and to search out by wisdom concerning all things that are done under heaven; it is a sore task that G-d hath given to the sons of men to be exercised therewith.

'"`UNIQ--named-0000000D-QINU`"'14 I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and, behold, all is vanity and a striving after wind.

'"`UNIQ--named-0000000E-QINU`"'15 That which is crooked cannot be made straight; and that which is wanting cannot be numbered.

'"`UNIQ--named-0000000F-QINU`"'16 I spoke with my own heart, saying: 'Lo, I have gotten great wisdom, more also than all that were before me over Jerusalem'; yea, my heart hath had great experience of wisdom and knowledge.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000010-QINU`"'17 And I applied my heart to know wisdom, and to know madness and folly--I perceived that this also was a striving after wind.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000011-QINU`"'18 For in much wisdom is much vexation; and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow.

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