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Ward Green Version, 2004 American Standard Version, 1901
© 2008-2011 Ward Green. All rights reserved.
Ecclesiastes 01
1The words of the preacher of David offspring
1Who was in Jerusalem likewise the king
2``Of vanity, vanities'' preacher tells one
2``Of vanity vanities-- vain, all is none.''

3What profit a man in his all-troubled run
3At which he is working hard under the sun
4An age will be passing the age that presides
4The earth that is standing forever abides

5The sun also rises and as it goes down
5It speeds to the place of its rising renown
6The wind circles southward it swirls to the north
6Returning by circles to ever go forth

7The rivers run down but the seas do not fill
7From there they return whence to trickle forth still
8The whole matter tires one so man can't arrange
8A satisfied eye or ear hearing full strange

9As that which has been is the thing which shall be
9So what has been done is yet what we shall see
10Is anything new now of which one may say
10It's new! No it's not-- since that time to this day

11There is no remembrance of times gone and past
11Nor shall there be any remembrance to last
11Of those coming later yet who have not been
11By those coming after shall they not be seen

12The one who is king over Israel he
12The one in Jerusalem preacher-- that's me!
13I rendered my heart in a search to inquire
13As spy I meandered as good skills require

13In all that is done under heaven I found
13The works God gave men make us sore to the ground
14I saw that all things that by day's light are done
14Cause shortness of breath vain of profit to one

15Now that which is twisted cannot be made right
15Nor that which is lacking be brought to the light
16I spoke with my heart saying though I be wise
16With knowledge surpassing Jerusalem's guise

17My heart may to wisdom still more be applied
17And madness and folly may vainly be tried
18By wisdom aplenty abundance of pains
18One increases sorrow as his knowledge gains
© 2008-2011 Ward Green. All rights reserved.
Modified August 04, 2011 by Ward Green

Ecclesiastes 1 1
The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem.
Ecclesiastes 1 2
Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher; vanity of vanities, all is vanity.
Ecclesiastes 1 3
What profit hath man of all his labor wherein he laboreth under the sun?
Ecclesiastes 1 4
One generation goeth, and another generation cometh; but the earth abideth for ever.
Ecclesiastes 1 5
The sun also ariseth, and the sun goeth down, and hasteth to its place where it ariseth.
Ecclesiastes 1 6
The wind goeth toward the south, and turneth about unto the north; it turneth about continually in its course, and the wind returneth again to its circuits.
Ecclesiastes 1 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.
Ecclesiastes 1 8
All things are full of weariness; man cannot utter [it]: the eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing.
Ecclesiastes 1 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 no new thing under the sun.
Ecclesiastes 1 10
Is there a thing whereof it may be said, See, this is new? it hath been long ago, in the ages which were before us.
Ecclesiastes 1 11
There is no remembrance of the former [generations]; neither shall there be any remembrance of the latter [generations] that are to come, among those that shall come after.
Ecclesiastes 1 12
I the Preacher was king over Israel in Jerusalem.
Ecclesiastes 1 13
And I applied my heart to seek and to search out by wisdom concerning all that is done under heaven: it is a sore travail that God hath given to the sons of men to be exercised therewith.
Ecclesiastes 1 14
I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and, behold, all is vanity and a striving after wind.
Ecclesiastes 1 15
That which is crooked cannot be made straight; and that which is wanting cannot be numbered.
Ecclesiastes 1 16
I communed with mine own heart, saying, Lo, I have gotten me great wisdom above all that were before me in Jerusalem; yea, my heart hath had great experience of wisdom and knowledge.
Ecclesiastes 1 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.
Ecclesiastes 1 18
For in much wisdom is much grief; and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow.
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