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

  • 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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