VIN(i) 1 The words of the preacher, son of David, king in Jerusalem. 2 "Utterly pointless," says the Teacher. "Absolutely pointless; everything is pointless." 3 What does man gain from all his labor in which he labors under the sun? 4 A generation goes, a generation comes, but the earth remains forever. 5 The sun rises, the sun sets, then rushes back to where it arose. 6 The wind goes to the south and goes around to the north; around and around it goes, and on its circuit the wind returns. 7 All the streams flow to the sea, but the sea is never full; to the place where the streams flow, there they continue to flow. 8 All things are wearisome; man is not able to tell. The eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing. 9 Whatever has happened, will happen again; whatever has been done, will be done again. There is nothing new on earth. 10 Is there anything of which one may say:See this, it is new? It has already occurred In eons that were before us? 11 There is no memory of former things. Those who follow will not remember those who are yet to come. 12 I, the Teacher, was king over Israel in Jerusalem. 13 I applied my mind to seek and to search by wisdom all that is done under the heavens. It is a grievous task God has given to humans. 14 I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and look, all is vanity and a chasing after wind. 15 What is twisted cannot be straightened, and what is lacking cannot be counted. 16 I said to myself, "Look! I have become great and have increased in wisdom more than anyone who has preceded me over Jerusalem. I have acquired a great deal of wisdom and knowledge." 17 I applied my heart to know wisdom, and to know madness and folly. I perceived that this also was a chasing after wind. 18 For in much wisdom is much vexation, And he who adds knowledge adds pain."