ECB(i) 1
Words of the Congregationer: Son of David; Sovereign in Yeru Shalem. 2 Vanity of vanities, says the Congregationer: Vanity of vanities; all is vanity. 3 What advantage has humanity of all the toil he toils under the sun? 4 Generation passes and generation comes; and the earth stands eternal: 5 also the sun rises and the sun goes and swallows to the place it rose: 6 the wind goes toward the south and turns around to the north - turning around and turning around: and the wind returns again according to its circuits: 7 all the wadies go into the sea; yet the sea is not full: from the place the wadies come, they return to go. 8 All words belabor; man cannot word it: neither the eye satisfies with seeing nor the ear fills with hearing. 9 What became, becomes; what was worked, is worked: and naught is new under the sun. 10 Is there any word whereof is said, See, this is new? It already became - eternally at our face. 11 There is neither memorial of firsts; nor memorial of lasts with those to become afterward. 12 I the Congregationer became sovereign over Yisra El in Yeru Shalem: 13 and I gave my heart to seek and explore by wisdom concerning all those worked under the heavens - this evil drudgery Elohim gave to the sons of humanity to be humbled therewith. 14 I saw all the works worked under the sun; and behold, all is vanity and gnawing of spirit. 15 The twisted cannot be straightened; and the lacking cannot be numbered. 16 I worded with my own heart, saying, I - behold, I greatened and increased more in wisdom than all at my face in Yeru Shalem; yes, my heart saw great wisdom and knowledge: 17 I gave my heart to know wisdom and to know madness and folly; I perceived that this also is gnawing of spirit. 18 For in abundant wisdom is abundant vexation; and he who increases knowledge increases sorrow.