Ecclesiastes 1:14

“I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and, behold, all is vanity and vexation of spirit.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

I haue seene all the workes that are done vnder the Sunne, and behold, all is vanitie, and vexation of spirit.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

I have seen all the works which have been done under the sun, and behold, all is vanity and striving after wind.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and, behold, all is vanity and a striving after wind.
- American Standard Version (1901)

I have seen all the works which are done under the sun; all is to no purpose, and desire for wind.
- Basic English Bible

I have seen all the works that are done under the sun, and behold, all is vanity and pursuit of the wind.
- Darby Bible

I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and behold, all is vanity and vexation of spirit.
- Webster's Bible

I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and behold, all is vanity and a chasing after wind.
- World English Bible

I have seen all the works that have been done under the sun, and lo, the whole [is] vanity and vexation of spirit!
- Youngs Literal Bible

I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and, behold, all is vanity and a striving after wind.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Ecclesiastes 1:14


1:14 Seen - Diligently observed. Vanity - Not only unsatisfying, but also an affliction or breaking to a man's spirit.


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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