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

  • Doris
    God gave Solomon, the preacher more wisdom than any man before him. He study everything on the earth. He seeked for wisdom. God have him wisdom , knowledge and understanding. He studied the rivers and seas, the sun, people. He recognize that it was nothing new under the sun. What ever is being done now has been done before.
    The Old Testament is confirmed in the New.
    JESUS brought grace.
  • Lucinda Palestrant
    Alie J. Matthew 1:18; "Mary was with child, by the Holy Spirit". God caused her pregnancy; She gave birth to God; came to earth in the flesh.
  • 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.
  • Benjamin Ajayi
    This is very very Educative for a devoted child of God who considered
    this world we are as vanity...all our race in the world is all but vanity.
  • Geraldine cole
    This means there is nothing new under the sun everything that is sun under the sun which mean on the earth everything has happen before and God gave the knowledge for it all
  • Christian o.
    yes , thisbook is filled with wisdom. my advice to all is that : they should live in wisdom like solomon

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