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Ecclesiastes 1:1–2

All Is Vanity

The words of athe Preacher,1 the son of David, bking in Jerusalem.

cVanity2 of vanities, says athe Preacher,

cvanity of vanities! dAll is vanity.

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Ecclesiastes 1:1–2 — The New International Version (NIV)

The words of the Teacher, son of David, king in Jerusalem:

“Meaningless! Meaningless!”

says the Teacher.

“Utterly meaningless!

Everything is meaningless.”

Ecclesiastes 1:1–2 — King James Version (KJV 1900)

The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem.

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

Ecclesiastes 1:1–2 — New Living Translation (NLT)

These are the words of the Teacher, King David’s son, who ruled in Jerusalem.

“Everything is meaningless,” says the Teacher, “completely meaningless!”

Ecclesiastes 1:1–2 — The New King James Version (NKJV)

The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem.

“Vanity of vanities,” says the Preacher;

“Vanity of vanities, all is vanity.”

Ecclesiastes 1:1–2 — New Century Version (NCV)

These are the words of the Teacher, a son of David, king in Jerusalem.

The Teacher says,

“Useless! Useless!

Completely useless!

Everything is useless.”

Ecclesiastes 1:1–2 — American Standard Version (ASV 1901)

The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem.

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

Ecclesiastes 1:1–2 — 1890 Darby Bible (DARBY)

The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem. Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities! all is vanity.

Ecclesiastes 1:1–2 — GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)

The words of the spokesman, the son of David and the king in Jerusalem.

“Absolutely pointless!” says the spokesman. “Absolutely pointless! Everything is pointless.”

Ecclesiastes 1:1–2 — The Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

The words of the Teacher, son of David, king in Jerusalem.

“Absolute futility,” says the Teacher.

“Absolute futility. Everything is futile.”

Ecclesiastes 1:1–2 — The New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

The words of the Teacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem.

Vanity of vanities, says the Teacher,

vanity of vanities! All is vanity.

Ecclesiastes 1:1–2 — The Lexham English Bible (LEB)

The words of the Teacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem.

“Vanity of vanities!” says the Teacher,

“Vanity of vanities! All is vanity!”

Ecclesiastes 1:1–2 — New International Reader’s Version (NIrV)

These are the words of the Teacher. He was the son of David. He was also king in Jerusalem.

“Meaningless! Everything is meaningless!”

says the Teacher.

“Everything is completely meaningless!

Nothing has any meaning.”

Ecclesiastes 1:1–2 — New American Standard Bible: 1995 Update (NASB95)

The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem.

Vanity of vanities,” says the Preacher,

Vanity of vanities! All is vanity.”