Ecclesiastes 1:14
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New International Version
I have seen all the things that are done under the sun; all of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind.

New Living Translation
I observed everything going on under the sun, and really, it is all meaningless--like chasing the wind.

English Standard Version
I have seen everything that is done under the sun, and behold, all is vanity and a striving after wind.

New American Standard Bible
I have seen all the works which have been done under the sun, and behold, all is vanity and striving after wind.

King James Bible
I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and, behold, all is vanity and vexation of spirit.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I have seen all the things that are done under the sun and have found everything to be futile, a pursuit of the wind.

International Standard Version
I observed every activity done on earth. My conclusion: all of it is pointless—like chasing after the wind.

NET Bible
I reflected on everything that is accomplished by man on earth, and I concluded: Everything he has accomplished is futile--like chasing the wind!

New Heart English Bible
I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and behold, all is vanity and a chasing after wind.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I have seen everything that is done under the sun. Look at it! It's all pointless. [It's like] trying to catch the wind.

JPS Tanakh 1917
I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and, behold, all is vanity and a striving after wind.

New American Standard 1977
I have seen all the works which have been done under the sun, and behold, all is vanity and striving after wind.

Jubilee Bible 2000
I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and, behold, all is vanity and vexation of spirit.

King James 2000 Bible
I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and, behold, all is vanity and like grasping the wind.

American King James Version
I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and, behold, all is vanity and vexation of spirit.

American Standard Version
I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and, behold, all is vanity and a striving after wind.

Douay-Rheims Bible
I have seen all things that are done under the sun, and behold all is vanity, and vexation of spirit.

Darby Bible Translation
I have seen all the works that are done under the sun, and behold, all is vanity and pursuit of the wind.

English Revised Version
I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and, behold, all is vanity and a striving after wind.

Webster's Bible Translation
I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and behold, all is vanity and vexation of spirit.

World English Bible
I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and behold, all is vanity and a chasing after wind.

Young's Literal Translation
I have seen all the works that have been done under the sun, and lo, the whole is vanity and vexation of spirit!
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
1:12-18 Solomon tried all things, and found them vanity. He found his searches after knowledge weariness, not only to the flesh, but to the mind. The more he saw of the works done under the sun, the more he saw their vanity; and the sight often vexed his spirit. He could neither gain that satisfaction to himself, nor do that good to others, which he expected. Even the pursuit of knowledge and wisdom discovered man's wickedness and misery; so that the more he knew, the more he saw cause to lament and mourn. Let us learn to hate and fear sin, the cause of all this vanity and misery; to value Christ; to seek rest in the knowledge, love, and service of the Saviour.
Study Bible
With Wisdom Comes Sorrow
13And I set my mind to seek and explore by wisdom concerning all that has been done under heaven. It is a grievous task which God has given to the sons of men to be afflicted with. 14I have seen all the works which have been done under the sun, and behold, all is vanity and striving after wind. 15What is crooked cannot be straightened and what is lacking cannot be counted.…
Cross References
Ecclesiastes 1:17
And I set my mind to know wisdom and to know madness and folly; I realized that this also is striving after wind.

Ecclesiastes 2:11
Thus I considered all my activities which my hands had done and the labor which I had exerted, and behold all was vanity and striving after wind and there was no profit under the sun.

Ecclesiastes 2:17
So I hated life, for the work which had been done under the sun was grievous to me; because everything is futility and striving after wind.

Ecclesiastes 2:26
For to a person who is good in His sight He has given wisdom and knowledge and joy, while to the sinner He has given the task of gathering and collecting so that he may give to one who is good in God's sight. This too is vanity and striving after wind.

Ecclesiastes 4:4
I have seen that every labor and every skill which is done is the result of rivalry between a man and his neighbor. This too is vanity and striving after wind.

Ecclesiastes 4:16
There is no end to all the people, to all who were before them, and even the ones who will come later will not be happy with him, for this too is vanity and striving after wind.

Ecclesiastes 6:9
What the eyes see is better than what the soul desires. This too is futility and a striving after wind.

Ecclesiastes 8:16
When I gave my heart to know wisdom and to see the task which has been done on the earth (even though one should never sleep day or night),
Treasury of Scripture

I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and, behold, all is vanity and vexation of spirit.

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