The preacher sheweth that all human courses are vain:
Ecclesiastes 1:1 These are the wordes of the Preather, þe sonne of Dauid, kynge of Ierusalem. Ecclesiastes 1:2 All is but moste vayne vanite (sayeth þe Preacher) & al is moste vayne (I say) & but plaine vanite. Ecclesiastes 1:3 For what els hath a man, of all þe labour þt he taketh vnder þe Sunne?
because the creatures are restless in their courses,
Ecclesiastes 1:4 One generacyon passeth awaye, another commeth, but þe earth abydeth styll. Ecclesiastes 1:5 The Sunne aryseth, þe sunne goeth downe, & returneth to hys place, þt he maye there rise vp againe. Ecclesiastes 1:6 The winde goeth toward þe South, & turneth vnto the northe, fetchith his compasse, whirleth aboute, & goth forth, & his circuite returneth agayne to him selfe. Ecclesiastes 1:7 All floudes runne into the see, & yet þe see yt selfe is not fylled: for loke vnto what place þe waters runne, thence they come to flowe agayne. Ecclesiastes 1:8 All thinges are so harde to be knowen, þt no man can expresse them. The eye is not satisfyed wt syght, the eare is not fylled wt hearinge.
they bring forth nothing new, and all old things are forgotten,
Ecclesiastes 1:9 The thing þt hath bene, commeth to passe agayne: & þe thinge þt hath bene done, shall be done agayne, there is no new thing vnder þe sunne. Ecclesiastes 1:10 Is there eny thing wherof it maye be sayde: lo, this is new? For it was longe agoo in þe times þt haue bene before vs. Ecclesiastes 1:11 The thing þt is past, is out of remembraunce: Euen so the thinges þt are for to come, shal no more be thought vpon amonge them þt come after.
and because he hath found it so in the studies of wisdom.
Ecclesiastes 1:12 I my selfe þe Preacher, was kyng of Israel at Ierusalem, Ecclesiastes 1:13 & dyd applie my mynde to seke out & search for þe knowledge of all thinges that are done vnder heauen. Soch trauayle and labour hath God geuen vnto þe children of men, to excercyse them selues therin. Ecclesiastes 1:14 Thus I haue consydred all the thinges þt come to passe vnder the Sunne, and lo, they are all but vanite, & vexacion of minde. Ecclesiastes 1:15 The croked cannot be made strayght, nor þe thinge þt is vnperfecte, cannot be acompted wt thinges þt are perfecte. Ecclesiastes 1:16 I commoned wt mine awne herte, sayinge: lo, I am come to a great estate, & haue gotten more wysdome, then all they þt haue bene before me in Ierusalem. Yee my herte had greate experience of wisdome & knowledge, Ecclesiastes 1:17 for there vnto I applied my mynde: þt I myght knowe what were wisdome & vnderstanding, what were errour & folishnes: & I perceaued, þt this also was but a vexacyon of minde: Ecclesiastes 1:18 for where moch wisdome is, there is also greate trauaile & disquietnes: & þe more knowledge a man hath, þe more is hys care.