Ecclesiastes 1:8

“All things are full of labour; man cannot utter it: the eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

All things are full of labour, man cannot vtter it: the eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the eare filled with hearing.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

All things are wearisome; Man is not able to tell {it.} The eye is not satisfied with seeing, Nor is the ear filled with hearing.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

All things are full of weariness; man cannot utter `it': the eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing.
- American Standard Version (1901)

All things are full of weariness; man may not give their story: the eye has never enough of its seeing, or the ear of its hearing.
- Basic English Bible

All things are full of toil; none can express it. The eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing.
- Darby Bible

All things are full of labor; man cannot utter it: the eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing.
- Webster's Bible

All things are full of weariness beyond uttering. The eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing.
- World English Bible

All these things are wearying; a man is not able to speak, the eye is not satisfied by seeing, nor filled is the ear from hearing.
- Youngs Literal Bible

All things toil to weariness; man cannot utter it, the eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Ecclesiastes 1:8


1:8 All things - Not only the sun, and winds, and rivers, but all other creatures. Labour - They are in continual restlessness and change, never abiding in the same state. Is not satisfied - As there are many things in the world vexatious to men, so even those things which are comfortable, are not satisfactory, but men are constantly desiring some longer continuance or fuller enjoyment of them, or variety in them. The eye and ear are here put for all the senses, because these are most spiritual and refined, most curious and inquisitive, most capable of receiving satisfaction, and exercised with more ease and pleasure than the other senses.


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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