Ecclesiastes 1:2

“Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Uanitie of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanitie of vanities, all is vanitie.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher, "Vanity of vanities! All is vanity.""
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher; vanity of vanities, all is vanity.
- American Standard Version (1901)

All is to no purpose, said the Preacher, all the ways of man are to no purpose.
- Basic English Bible

Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities! all is vanity.
- Darby Bible

Vanity of vanities, saith the preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity.
- Webster's Bible

Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher; "Vanity of vanities, all is vanity."
- World English Bible

Vanity of vanities, said the Preacher, Vanity of vanities: the whole [is] vanity.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Vanity of vanities, saith Koheleth; vanity of vanities, all is vanity.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Ecclesiastes 1:2


1:2 Vanity - Not only vain, but vanity in the abstract, which denotes extreme vanity. Saith - Upon deep consideration and long experience, and by Divine inspiration. This verse contains the general proposition, which he intends particularly to demonstrate in the following book. All - All worldly things. Is vanity - Not in themselves for they are God's creatures and therefore good in their kinds, but in reference to that happiness, which men seek and expect to find in them. So they are unquestionably vain, because they are not what they seem to be, and perform not what they promise, but instead of that are the occasions of innumerable cares, and fears, and sorrows, and mischiefs. Nay, they are not only vanity but vanity of vanities, the vainest vanity, vanity in the highest degree. And this is redoubled, because the thing is certain, beyond all possibility of dispute.


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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