New Living Translation
History merely repeats itself. It has all been done before. Nothing under the sun is truly new.
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.
Darby Bible Translation
That which hath been is that which shall be; and that which hath been done is that which will be done: and there is nothing new under the sun.
World English Bible
That which has been is that which shall be; and that which has been done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.
Young's Literal Translation
What is that which hath been? it is that which is, and what is that which hath been done? it is that which is done, and there is not an entirely new thing under the sun.
Ecclesiastes 1:9 Parallel
CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
1:9 There is - There is nothing in the world but a continued and tiresome repetition of the same things. The nature and course of the beings and affairs of the world, and the tempers of men, are the same that they ever were and shall ever be; and therefore, because no man ever yet received satisfaction from worldly things, it is vain for any person hereafter to expect it. No new thing - In the nature of things, which might give us hopes of attaining that satisfaction which hitherto things have not afforded.
In making the following thread to the rich literature on Constantine the plan has been to confine almost wholly to Monographs, since to refer to all histories, encyclopædias, and the like which treat of him would be endless. Only such few analyzed references are introduced as have special reasons. Even with this limit it cannot be at all hoped that the list is exhaustive. Considerable pains has been taken, however, to make it full, as there is no really extended modern list of works on Constantine, …
Eusebius Pamphilius—The Life of Constantine
Of the Imitation of Christ, and of Contempt of the World and all Its Vanities
The Order of Thought which Surrounded the Development of Jesus.
Sometimes people say, "Here is something new!" But actually it is old; nothing is ever truly new.
So I decided to compare wisdom with foolishness and madness (for who can do this better than I, the king?).
What is happening now has happened before, and what will happen in the future has happened before, because God makes the same things happen over and over again.
Everything has already been decided. It was known long ago what each person would be. So there's no use arguing with God about your destiny.
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