Ecclesiastes 1:10

“Is there any thing whereof it may be said, See, this is new? it hath been already of old time, which was before us.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Is there any thing, whereof it may be sayd, See, this is new? it hath beene already of olde time, which was before vs.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Is there anything of which one might say, "See this, it is new? Already it has existed for ages Which were before us."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Is there a thing whereof it may be said, See, this is new? it hath been long ago, in the ages which were before us.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Is there anything of which men say, See, this is new? It has been in the old time which was before us.
- Basic English Bible

Is there a thing whereof it may be said, See, this is new? It hath been already in the ages which were before us.
- Darby Bible

Is there any thing of which it may be said, See, this is new? it hath been already of old time, which was before us.
- Webster's Bible

Is there a thing of which it may be said, "Behold, this is new?" It has been long ago, in the ages which were before us.
- World English Bible

There is a thing of which [one] saith: `See this, it [is] new!' already it hath been in the ages that were before us!
- Youngs Literal Bible

Is there a thing whereof it is said: 'See, this is new'? --it hath been already, in the ages which were before us.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Discussion for Ecclesiastes 1

  • Irene123
    1 Kgs.3:9 - Solomon asked for understanding (wisdom) in judging ALL the people, all by himself, no appointing others, as Moses did, in helping with this. Solomon was rather self-centered, but God could, and did use him, but Solomon's end was - bad. He totally left the Lord.
  • Irene123
    To Michael C. on Eccl. - God will grant you what you want; no matter if it's for His glory or your own. Solomon did not follow after the Lord as David his father did: you need to read the WHOLE chap. of 1 KGS. 11. God granted Solomon wisdom, but God KNEW why he asked for wisdom instead of a heart to follow after God. Had he asked for such a heart - God would have granted it, and wisdom.
  • Michael C.
    The Book of the Preacher, or, The Summoner; is exactly that! The Spirit searches the deep things of God, and convicts men of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment. Solomon's desire, from the day he took the throne, was to worthily follow in the steps of his father, "A man after the LORD's own heart, who would fulfill all His will." His desire was to feed Israel with knowledge and wisdom from God.
  • Alie jent
    There is no new thing under
    the sun. What has happened
    or occuring in your life has
    occured before. What we
    are seeing today was there
    already. eg. Artificial
    insemination. Joseph did
    not sleep with marry but
    marry got pregnant. eg2.
    elevator: Jacob saw angels
    running to and fro in his
    dreams. Women crying for
    children. Hannah did the
    same thing.
  • Christian o.
    yes , thisbook is filled with wisdom. my advice to all is that : they should live in wisdom like solomon
  • Linda Johnson for verse 10
    I'm not really sure, it looks like it is saying history repeats itself, however,. one must read with the mind of Christ in the spirit of the living God...

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