Ecclesiastes 1:4

One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh: but the earth abideth for ever.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

One generation passeth away, and another generation commeth: but the earth abideth for euer.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

A generation goes and a generation comes, But the earth remains forever.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

One generation goeth, and another generation cometh; but the earth abideth for ever.
- American Standard Version (1901)

One generation goes and another comes; but the earth is for ever.
- Basic English Bible

[One] generation passeth away, and [another] generation cometh, but the earth standeth for ever.
- Darby Bible

One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh: but the earth abideth for ever.
- Webster's Bible

One generation goes, and another generation comes; but the earth remains forever.
- World English Bible

A generation is going, and a generation is coming, and the earth to the age is standing.
- Youngs Literal Bible

One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh; and the earth abideth for ever.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Ecclesiastes 1:4


1:4 Passeth - Men continue but for one, and that a short age, and then they leave all their possessions, and therefore they cannot be happy here, because happiness must needs be unchangeable and eternal; or else the certain knowledge of the approaching loss of all these things will rob a man of solid contentment in them. Abideth - Through all successive generations of men; and therefore man is more mutable than the very earth upon which he stands, and which, together with all the comforts which he enjoyed in it, he leaves behind to be possessed by others.


Discussion for Ecclesiastes 1

  • Terry neil owens
    I think God is telling us he gives the knowledge we are searching for but they are also more sorrows that you share as you are searching.this world has its share of sorrows. Has you share witnessing with those Laden with burdens. Around you also what is now is probally a ready been. God knew it then God knows it now and He will know it tomorrow. He is the before. The now and forever Amen


  • Emelia
    What I can say is that in everything we are doing in this wold must to be done in the will of God .
  • 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.
  • 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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