Ecclesiastes 12:8
Parallel Verses
New International Version
"Meaningless! Meaningless!" says the Teacher. "Everything is meaningless!"

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

English Standard Version
Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher; all is vanity.

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

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

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

International Standard Version
"Utterly pointless," says the Teacher. "Everything is pointless."

NET Bible
"Absolutely futile!" laments the Teacher, "All of these things are futile!"

New Heart English Bible
Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher. All is vanity.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

World English Bible
"Vanity of vanities," says the Preacher. "All is vanity!"

Young's Literal Translation
Vanity of vanities, said the preacher, the whole is vanity.
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
12:8-14 Solomon repeats his text, VANITY OF VANITIES, ALL IS VANITY. These are the words of one that could speak by dear-bought experience of the vanity of the world, which can do nothing to ease men of the burden of sin. As he considered the worth of souls, he gave good heed to what he spake and wrote; words of truth will always be acceptable words. The truths of God are as goads to such as are dull and draw back, and nails to such as are wandering and draw aside; means to establish the heart, that we may never sit loose to our duty, nor be taken from it. The Shepherd of Israel is the Giver of inspired wisdom. Teachers and guides all receive their communications from him. The title is applied in Scripture to the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God. The prophets sought diligently, what, or what manner of time, the Spirit of Christ in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow. To write many books was not suited to the shortness of human life, and would be weariness to the writer, and to the reader; and then was much more so to both than it is now. All things would be vanity and vexation, except they led to this conclusion, That to fear God, and keep his commandments, is the whole of man. The fear of God includes in it all the affections of the soul towards him, which are produced by the Holy Spirit. There may be terror where there is no love, nay, where there is hatred. But this is different from the gracious fear of God, as the feelings of an affectionate child. The fear of God, is often put for the whole of true religion in the heart, and includes its practical results in the life. Let us attend to the one thing needful, and now come to him as a merciful Saviour, who will soon come as an almighty Judge, when he will bring to light the things of darkness, and manifest the counsels of all hearts. Why does God record in his word, that ALL IS VANITY, but to keep us from deceiving ourselves to our ruin? He makes our duty to be our interest. May it be graven in all our hearts. Fear God, and keep his commandments, for this is all that concerns man.
Study Bible
Remember Your Creator in Your Youth
7then the dust will return to the earth as it was, and the spirit will return to God who gave it. 8"Vanity of vanities," says the Preacher, "all is vanity!" 9In addition to being a wise man, the Preacher also taught the people knowledge; and he pondered, searched out and arranged many proverbs.…
Cross References
Ecclesiastes 1:1
The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem.

Ecclesiastes 1:2
"Vanity of vanities," says the Preacher, "Vanity of vanities! All is vanity."

Ecclesiastes 1:12
I, the Preacher, have been king over Israel in Jerusalem.
Treasury of Scripture

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

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

Ecclesiastes 6:12 For who knows what is good for man in this life, all the days of …

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