Ecclesiastes 1:7

“All the rivers run into the sea; yet the sea is not full; unto the place from whence the rivers come, thither they return again.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

All the riuers runne into the sea, yet the Sea is not full: vnto the place from whence the riuers come, thither they returne againe.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

All the rivers flow into the sea, Yet the sea is not full. To the place where the rivers flow, There they flow again.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

All the rivers run into the sea, yet the sea is not full; unto the place whither the rivers go, thither they go again.
- American Standard Version (1901)

All the rivers go down to the sea, but the sea is not full; to the place where the rivers go, there they go again.
- Basic English Bible

All the rivers run into the sea, yet the sea is not full: unto the place whither the rivers go, thither they go again.
- Darby Bible

All the rivers run into the sea; yet the sea is not full; to the place from whence the rivers come, thither they return again.
- Webster's Bible

All the rivers run into the sea, yet the sea is not full. To the place where the rivers flow, there they flow again.
- World English Bible

All the streams are going unto the sea, and the sea is not full; unto a place whither the streams are going, thither they are turning back to go.
- Youngs Literal Bible

All the rivers run into the sea, yet the sea is not full; unto the place whither the rivers go, thither they go again.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Ecclesiastes 1:7


1:7 Is not full - So as to overflow the earth. Whereby also he intimates the emptiness of mens minds, notwithstanding all the abundance of creature comforts. Rivers come - Unto the earth in general, from whence they come or flow into the sea, and to which they return by the reflux of the sea. For he seems to speak of the visible and constant motion of the waters, both to the sea and from it, and then to it again in a perpetual reciprocation.


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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