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YOUNG'S LITERAL TRANSLATION
1:1 Words of a preacher, son of David, king in Jerusalem:
1:2 Vanity of vanities, said the Preacher, Vanity of vanities: the whole `is' vanity.
1:3 What advantage `is' to man by all his labour that he laboureth at under the sun?
1:4 A generation is going, and a generation is coming, and the earth to the age is standing.
1:5 Also, the sun hath risen, and the sun hath gone in, and unto its place panting it is rising there.
1:6 Going unto the south, and turning round unto the north, turning round, turning round, the wind is going, and by its circuits the wind hath returned.
1:7 All the streams are going unto the sea, and the sea is not full; unto a place whither the streams are going, thither they are turning back to go.
1:8 All these things are wearying; a man is not able to speak, the eye is not satisfied by seeing, nor filled is the ear from hearing.
1:9 What `is' that which hath been? it `is' that which is, and what `is' that which hath been done? it `is' that which is done, and there is not an entirely new thing under the sun.
1:10 There is a thing of which `one' saith: `See this, it `is' new!' already it hath been in the ages that were before us!
1:11 There is not a remembrance of former `generations'; and also of the latter that are, there is no remembrance of them with those that are at the last.
1:12 I, a preacher, have been king over Israel in Jerusalem.
1:13 And I have given my heart to seek and to search out by wisdom concerning all that hath been done under the heavens. It `is' a sad travail God hath given to the sons of man to be humbled by it.
1:14 I have seen all the works that have been done under the sun, and lo, the whole `is' vanity and vexation of spirit!
1:15 A crooked thing `one' is not able to make straight, and a lacking thing is not able to be numbered.
1:16 I -- I spake with my heart, saying, `I, lo, I have magnified and added wisdom above every one who hath been before me at Jerusalem, and my heart hath seen abundantly wisdom and knowledge.
1:17 And I give my heart to know wisdom, and to know madness and folly: I have known that even this `is' vexation of spirit;
1:18 for, in abundance of wisdom `is' abundance of sadness, and he who addeth knowledge addeth pain.'
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