Ecclesiastes 1:4
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English Standard Version
A generation goes, and a generation comes, but the earth remains forever.

King James Bible
One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh: but the earth abideth for ever.

American Standard Version
One generation goeth, and another generation cometh; but the earth abideth for ever.

Douay-Rheims Bible
One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh: but the earth standeth for ever.

English Revised Version
One generation goeth, and another generation cometh; and the earth abideth for ever.

Webster's Bible Translation
One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh: but the earth abideth for ever.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

29 ר "Many are the daughters who have done bravely,

        But thou hast surpassed them all together."

We have already often remarked, last time under Proverbs 29:6, that רב, not indeed in its sing., but in its plur. רבּים and רבּות, can precede, after the manner of a numeral, as attribute; but this syntactical licence, Proverbs 28:12, by no means appears, and needs to be assumed as little here as at Proverbs 8:26, although there is no reason that can be adduced against it. עשׂה חיל signifies here not the gaining of riches (the lxx, Syr., Targ., Jerome, Luther, Gesenius, Bttcher, and others), which here, where the encomium comes to its height, would give to it a mercenary mammon-worship note - it indeed has this signification only when connected with ל of the person: Sibi opes acquirere, Deuteronomy 6:17; Ezekiel 28:4 - but: bravery, energy, and, as the reference to אשׁת חיל demands, moral activity, capacity for activity, in accordance with one's calling, ποιεῖν ἀρετήν, by which the Venet. translates it. בּנות is, as in the primary passages, Genesis 30:13; Sol 6:9, a more delicate, finer name of women than נשׁים: many daughters there have always been who have unfolded ability, but thou my spouse hast raised thyself above them all, i.e., thou art excellent and incomparable. Instead of עלית, there is to be written, after Chajug, Aben Ezra (Zachoth 7a), and Jekuthiel under Genesis 16:11, עלית; the Spanish Nakdanim thus distinguish the forms מצאת, thou hast found, and מצאת, she has found. כּלּנה, for כּלּן, Genesis 42:36.

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one generation

Ecclesiastes 6:12 For who knows what is good for man in this life, all the days of his vain life which he spends as a shadow?...

Genesis 5:3-31 And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his own likeness, and after his image; and called his name Seth...

Genesis 11:20-32 And Reu lived two and thirty years, and begat Serug...

Genesis 36:9 And these are the generations of Esau the father of the Edomites in mount Seir:

Genesis 47:9 And Jacob said to Pharaoh, The days of the years of my pilgrimage are an hundred and thirty years...

Exodus 1:6,7 And Joseph died, and all his brothers, and all that generation...

Exodus 6:16 And these are the names of the sons of Levi according to their generations; Gershon, and Kohath, and Merari...

Psalm 89:47,48 Remember how short my time is: why have you made all men in vain...

Psalm 90:9,10 For all our days are passed away in your wrath: we spend our years as a tale that is told...

Zechariah 1:5 Your fathers, where are they? and the prophets, do they live for ever?

but

Psalm 102:24-28 I said, O my God, take me not away in the middle of my days: your years are throughout all generations...

Psalm 104:5 Who laid the foundations of the earth, that it should not be removed for ever.

Psalm 119:90,91 Your faithfulness is to all generations: you have established the earth, and it stays...

Matthew 24:35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.

2 Peter 3:10-13 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise...

Cross References
Psalm 104:5
He set the earth on its foundations, so that it should never be moved.

Psalm 119:90
Your faithfulness endures to all generations; you have established the earth, and it stands fast.

Psalm 125:1
Those who trust in the LORD are like Mount Zion, which cannot be moved, but abides forever.

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