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1 The words of the Preacher,a the son of David, king in Jerusalem.
vanity of vanities! All is vanity.
at which he toils under the sun?
but the earth remains for ever.
and hastens to the place where it rises.
and goes round to the north;
round and round goes the wind,
and on its circuits the wind returns.
but the sea is not full;
to the place where the streams flow,
there they flow again.
a man cannot utter it;
the eye is not satisfied with seeing,
nor the ear filled with hearing.
and what has been done is what will be done;
and there is nothing new under the sun.
“See, this is new”?
It has been already,
in the ages before us.
nor will there be any remembrance
of later things yet to happen
among those who come after.
12 I the Preacher have been king over Israel in Jerusalem. 13 And I applied my mind to seek and to search out by wisdom all that is done under heaven; it is an unhappy business that God has given to the sons of men to be busy with. 14 I have seen everything that is done under the sun; and behold, all is vanity and a striving after wind.*
and what is lacking cannot be numbered.
16 I said to myself, “I have acquired great wisdom, surpassing all who were over Jerusalem before me; and my mind has had great experience of wisdom and knowledge.” 17 And I applied my mind to know wisdom and to know madness and folly. I perceived that this also is but a striving after wind.
and he who increases knowledge increases sorrow.
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This edition of the Revised Standard Version of the Bible has been prepared for use by Catholics by a committee of the Catholic Biblical Association of Great Britain. It is an authorized revision of the American Standard Version, published in 1901.
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