Ecclesiastes 1:9
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English Standard Version
What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun.

King James Bible
The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.

American Standard Version
That which hath been is that which shall be; and that which hath been done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.

Douay-Rheims Bible
What is it that hath been? the same thing that shall be. What is it that hath been done? the same that shall be done.

English Revised Version
That which hath been is that which shall be; and that which hath been done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.

Webster's Bible Translation
The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

With this verse commences the proof for this exclamation and statement: "What profit hath a man of all his labour which he laboureth in under the sun?!" An interrogative exclamation, which leads to the conclusion that never anything right, i.e., real, enduring, satisfying, comes of it.יתרון, profit, synon. with Mothar, Ecclesiastes 3:19, is peculiar to this book ( equals Aram. יוּתרן). A primary form, יתרון, is unknown. The punctator Simson (Cod. 102a of the Leipzig University Lib.f. 5a) rightly blames those who use ויתּרון, in a liturgical hymn, of the Day of Atonement. The word signifies that which remains over, either, as here, clear gain, profit, or that which has the pre-eminence, i.e., superiority, precedence, or is the foremost. "Under the sun" is the designation of the earth peculiar to this book, - the world of men, which we are wont to call the sublunary world. שׁ has not the force of an accusative of manner, but of the obj. The author uses the expression, "Labour wherein I have laboured," Ecclesiastes 2:19-20; Ecclesiastes 5:17, as Euripides, similarly, μοχθεῖν μόχθον. He now proceeds to justify the negative contained in the question, "What profit?"

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that hath

Ecclesiastes 3:15 That which has been is now; and that which is to be has already been; and God requires that which is past.

Ecclesiastes 7:10 Say not you, What is the cause that the former days were better than these? for you do not inquire wisely concerning this.

2 Peter 2:1 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you...

and there

Isaiah 43:19 Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness...

Jeremiah 31:22 How long will you go about, O you backsliding daughter? for the LORD has created a new thing in the earth, A woman shall compass a man.

Revelation 21:1,5 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea...

Cross References
Ecclesiastes 1:10
Is there a thing of which it is said, "See, this is new"? It has been already in the ages before us.

Ecclesiastes 2:12
So I turned to consider wisdom and madness and folly. For what can the man do who comes after the king? Only what has already been done.

Ecclesiastes 3:15
That which is, already has been; that which is to be, already has been; and God seeks what has been driven away.

Ecclesiastes 6:10
Whatever has come to be has already been named, and it is known what man is, and that he is not able to dispute with one stronger than he.

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