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The Teacher's Experience of the Meaningless of Earthly
His theme: Everything is meaningless
1:1 Divrei kohelet (teacher) Ben David, Melekh Yerushalayim.
1:2 Hevel Havalim , said the teacher, Hevel Havalim all is hevel.
1:3 What profit has a man of all his labour which he taks under the sun?
1:4 One generation passes away, and another generation comes: but the earth abides forever.
1:5 The sun also arises, and the sun goes down, and hastens to his place where he arose.
1:6 The wind goes toward the south, and turns about to the north; it whirls about continually, and the wind returns again according to his circuits.
1:7 All the rivers run into the sea; yet the sea is not full; to the place from whence the rivers come, thither they return again.
1:8 All things are full of labour; man cannot utter it: the eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing.
1:9 The thing that has 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.
1:10 Is there any thing whereof it may be said, See, this is new? it has been already of old time, which was before us.
1:11 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.
1:12 I the teacher was king over Yisrael in Yerushalayim.
1:13 And I gave my heart to seek and search out by wisdom concerning all things that are done under heaven: this sore travail has Elohim (אלהים) given to the sons of man to be exercised therewith.
1:14 I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and, hinnei, all is vanity and striving after the wind.
1:15 That which is crooked cannot be made straight: and that which is wanting cannot be numbered.
1:16 I said to myself, saying, "Look, I have attained greatness, and have gained more wisdom than all who were before me in Yerushalayim. My heart has understood great wisdom and knowledge."
1:17 And I gave my heart to know wisdom, and to know madness and folly: I perceived that this also is striving after the wind.
1:18 For in much wisdom is much grief: and he that increases knowledge increases sorrow.
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Hevel havalim - vanity of vanities - emptiness or meaningless which is the final result of all life apart from Elohim Meaningless is futility. read Romans 8:20-22