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.
King James Bible
I have seen all the works 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.
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!
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Behold, all is vanity - After all these discussions and experiments, when even the results have been the most successful, I have found only rational satisfaction; but not that supreme good by which alone the soul can be made happy.
O curas hominum! O quantum est in rebus inane!
"How anxious are our cares, and yet how vain
The bent of our desires!"
Pers. Sat. i., 5: 1.
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Then I applied myself to the understanding of wisdom, and also of madness and folly, but I learned that this, too, is a chasing after the wind.
Yet when I surveyed all that my hands had done and what I had toiled to achieve, everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind; nothing was gained under the sun.
So I hated life, because the work that is done under the sun was grievous to me. All of it is meaningless, a chasing after the wind.
To the person who pleases him, God gives wisdom, knowledge and happiness, but to the sinner he gives the task of gathering and storing up wealth to hand it over to the one who pleases God. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind.
And I saw that all toil and all achievement spring from one person's envy of another. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind.
There was no end to all the people who were before them. But those who came later were not pleased with the successor. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind.
Better what the eye sees than the roving of the appetite. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind.
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