If your hope and joy is only in this life, you will be disappointed, but if your hope is in the Lord and in the life to come, you will find meaning.

If your hope and joy is only in this life, you will be disappointed, but if your hope is in the Lord and in the life to come, you will find meaning.

BibleGateway: Ecclesiastes 1:1-11

ESV Text: Ecclesiastes 1:1-11

Ecclesiastes 1:1–11 (Listen)

All Is Vanity

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


  Vanity2 of vanities, says the Preacher,
    vanity of vanities! All is vanity.
  What does man gain by all the toil
    at which he toils under the sun?
  A generation goes, and a generation comes,
    but the earth remains forever.
  The sun rises, and the sun goes down,
    and hastens3 to the place where it rises.
  The wind blows to the south
    and goes around to the north;
  around and around goes the wind,
    and on its circuits the wind returns.
  All streams run to the sea,
    but the sea is not full;
  to the place where the streams flow,
    there they flow again.
  All things are full of weariness;
    a man cannot utter it;
  the eye is not satisfied with seeing,
    nor the ear filled with hearing.
  What has been is what will be,
    and what has been done is what will be done,
    and there is nothing new under the sun.
10   Is there a thing of which it is said,
    “See, this is new”?
  It has been already
    in the ages before us.
11   There is no remembrance of former things,4
    nor will there be any remembrance
  of later things5 yet to be
    among those who come after.

Footnotes

[1] 1:1 Or Convener, or Collector; Hebrew Qoheleth (so throughout Ecclesiastes)

[2] 1:2 The Hebrew term hebel, translated vanity or vain, refers concretely to a “mist,” “vapor,” or “mere breath,” and metaphorically to something that is fleeting or elusive (with different nuances depending on the context). It appears five times in this verse and in 29 other verses in Ecclesiastes

[3] 1:5 Or and returns panting

[4] 1:11 Or former people

[5] 1:11 Or later people

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     1 The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem. 2 Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity. 3 What profit hath a man of all his labour which he taketh under the sun?

     4 One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh: but the earth abideth for ever. 5 The sun also ariseth, and the sun goeth down, and hasteth to his place where he arose. 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. 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. 8 All things are full of labour; man cannot utter it: the eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing.

     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. 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. 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.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 46 (LSB 921):
On What Has Now Been Sown

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1. On what has now been sown 
Thy blessing, Lord, bestow; 
The power is Thine alone 
To make it spring and grow. 
Do Thou in grace the harvest raise, 
And Thou alone shalt have the praise. 

2. To Thee our wants are known, 
From Thee are all our powers; 
Accept what is Thine own 
And pardon what is ours. 
Our praises, Lord, and prayers receive 
And to Thy Word a blessing give. 

3. Oh, grant that each of us 
Now met before Thee here 
May meet together thus 
When Thou and Thine appear 
And follow Thee to heaven, our home. 
E’en so, Amen, Lord Jesus, come! 


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