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

  • 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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