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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

  • 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
  • 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...
  • Jonah Christian. for verse 9
    History repeat itself. The world is an algorithm which can only be changed by our actions or decision we make or made. The writer is simply telling us everything under the sun has an origin.Anything new originated from existing object or substance
  • Emmanuel Baah Adutwum for verse 9
    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. Sickness or what a few can be mentioned. Post your problem or something u think is new under the sun let me prove you wrong from the bible
  • Jay
    So good and true,enjoyed reading all this , and the comments, Thank you Lord Jesus.

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