Ecclesiastes 1:2
Parallel Verses
New International Version
"Meaningless! Meaningless!" says the Teacher. "Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless."

New Living Translation
"Everything is meaningless," says the Teacher, "completely meaningless!"

English Standard Version
Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher, vanity of vanities! All is vanity.

New American Standard Bible
"Vanity of vanities," says the Preacher, "Vanity of vanities! All is vanity."

King James Bible
Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Absolute futility," says the Teacher." Absolute futility. Everything is futile."

International Standard Version
"Utterly pointless," says the Teacher. "Absolutely pointless; everything is pointless."

NET Bible
"Futile! Futile!" laments the Teacher, "Absolutely futile! Everything is futile!"

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Absolutely pointless!" says the spokesman. "Absolutely pointless! Everything is pointless."

JPS Tanakh 1917
Vanity of vanities, saith Koheleth; Vanity of vanities, all is vanity.

New American Standard 1977
“Vanity of vanities,” says the Preacher,
            “Vanity of vanities! All is vanity.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity.

King James 2000 Bible
Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity.

American King James Version
Vanity of vanities, said the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity.

American Standard Version
Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher; vanity of vanities, all is vanity.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Vanity of vanities, said Ecclesiastes vanity of vanities, and all is vanity.

Darby Bible Translation
Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities! all is vanity.

English Revised Version
Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher; vanity of vanities, all is vanity.

Webster's Bible Translation
Vanity of vanities, saith the preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity.

World English Bible
"Vanity of vanities," says the Preacher; "Vanity of vanities, all is vanity."

Young's Literal Translation
Vanity of vanities, said the Preacher, Vanity of vanities: the whole is vanity.
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
1:1-3 Much is to be learned by comparing one part of Scripture with another. We here behold Solomon returning from the broken and empty cisterns of the world, to the Fountain of living water; recording his own folly and shame, the bitterness of his disappointment, and the lessons he had learned. Those that have taken warning to turn and live, should warn others not to go on and die. He does not merely say all things are vain, but that they are vanity. VANITY OF VANITIES, ALL IS VANITY. This is the text of the preacher's sermon, of which in this book he never loses sight. If this world, in its present state, were all, it would not be worth living for; and the wealth and pleasure of this world, if we had ever so much, are not enough to make us happy. What profit has a man of all his labour? All he gets by it will not supply the wants of the soul, nor satisfy its desires; will not atone for the sins of the soul, nor hinder the loss of it: what profit will the wealth of the world be to the soul in death, in judgment, or in the everlasting state?
Study Bible
Preceding Generations Forgotten
1The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem. 2"Vanity of vanities," says the Preacher, "Vanity of vanities! All is vanity." 3What advantage does man have in all his work Which he does under the sun?…
Cross References
Romans 8:20
For the creation was subjected to futility, not by its own will, but because of the One who subjected it, in hope

Job 11:12
"An idiot will become intelligent When the foal of a wild donkey is born a man.

Psalm 39:5
"Behold, You have made my days as handbreadths, And my lifetime as nothing in Your sight; Surely every man at his best is a mere breath. Selah.

Psalm 39:6
"Surely every man walks about as a phantom; Surely they make an uproar for nothing; He amasses riches and does not know who will gather them.

Psalm 62:9
Men of low degree are only vanity and men of rank are a lie; In the balances they go up; They are together lighter than breath.

Psalm 89:47
Remember what my span of life is; For what vanity You have created all the sons of men!

Psalm 144:4
Man is like a mere breath; His days are like a passing shadow.

Ecclesiastes 12:8
"Vanity of vanities," says the Preacher, "all is vanity!"
Treasury of Scripture

Vanity of vanities, said the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity.

Ecclesiastes 2:11,15,17,19,21,23,26 Then I looked on all the works that my hands had worked, and on the …

Ecclesiastes 3:19 For that which befalls the sons of men befalls beasts; even one thing …

Ecclesiastes 4:4,8,16 Again, I considered all travail, and every right work, that for this …

Ecclesiastes 5:10 He that loves silver shall not be satisfied with silver; nor he that …

Ecclesiastes 6:11 Seeing there be many things that increase vanity, what is man the better?

Ecclesiastes 11:8,10 But if a man live many years, and rejoice in them all; yet let him …

Ecclesiastes 12:8 Vanity of vanities, said the preacher; all is vanity.

Psalm 39:5,6 Behold, you have made my days as an handbreadth; and my age is as …

Psalm 62:9,10 Surely men of low degree are vanity, and men of high degree are a …

Psalm 144:4 Man is like to vanity: his days are as a shadow that passes away.

Romans 8:20 For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by …

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