The preacher sheweth that all human courses are vain:
Ecclesiastes 1:1 The wordes of the Preacher, the sonne of Dauid King in Ierusalem. Ecclesiastes 1:2 Vanitie of vanities, sayth the Preacher: vanitie of vanities, all is vanitie. Ecclesiastes 1:3 What remaineth vnto man in all his trauaile, which he suffereth vnder ye sunne?
because the creatures are restless in their courses,
Ecclesiastes 1:4 One generation passeth, and another generation succeedeth: but the earth remaineth for euer. Ecclesiastes 1:5 The sunne riseth, and ye sunne goeth downe, and draweth to his place, where he riseth. Ecclesiastes 1:6 The winde goeth toward the South, and compasseth towarde the North: the winde goeth rounde about, and returneth by his circuites. Ecclesiastes 1:7 All the riuers goe into the sea, yet the sea is not full: for the riuers goe vnto ye place, whence they returne, and goe. Ecclesiastes 1:8 All things are full of labour: man cannot vtter it: the eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the eare filled with hearing.
they bring forth nothing new, and all old things are forgotten,
Ecclesiastes 1:9 What is it that hath bene? That that shalbe: and what is it that hath bene done? That which shalbe done: and there is no newe thing vnder the sunne. Ecclesiastes 1:10 Is there any thing, whereof one may say, Beholde this, it is newe? It hath bene already in the olde time that was before vs. Ecclesiastes 1:11 There is no memorie of the former, neither shall there be a remembrance of the latter that shalbe, with them that shall come after.
and because he hath found it so in the studies of wisdom.
Ecclesiastes 1:12 I the Preacher haue bene King ouer Israel in Ierusalem: Ecclesiastes 1:13 And I haue giuen mine heart to search and finde out wisdome by all things that are done vnder the heauen: (this sore trauaile hath GOD giuen to the sonnes of men, to humble them thereby) Ecclesiastes 1:14 I haue considered all the workes that are done vnder the sunne, and beholde, all is vanitie, and vexation of the spirit. Ecclesiastes 1:15 That which is crooked, can none make straight: and that which faileth, cannot be nombred. Ecclesiastes 1:16 I thought in mine heart, and said, Behold, I am become great, and excell in wisdome all them that haue bene before me in Ierusalem: and mine heart hath seene much wisedome and knowledge. Ecclesiastes 1:17 And I gaue mine heart to knowe wisdome and knowledge, madnes and foolishnes: I knew also that this is a vexation of the spirit. Ecclesiastes 1:18 For in the multitude of wisedome is much griefe: and he that increaseth knowledge, increaseth sorowe.