Ecclesiastes 1:14

“I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and, behold, all is vanity and vexation of spirit.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

I haue seene all the workes that are done vnder the Sunne, and behold, all is vanitie, and vexation of spirit.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

I have seen all the works which have been done under the sun, and behold, all is vanity and striving after wind.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and, behold, all is vanity and a striving after wind.
- American Standard Version (1901)

I have seen all the works which are done under the sun; all is to no purpose, and desire for wind.
- Basic English Bible

I have seen all the works that are done under the sun, and behold, all is vanity and pursuit of the wind.
- Darby Bible

I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and behold, all is vanity and vexation of spirit.
- Webster's Bible

I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and behold, all is vanity and a chasing after wind.
- World English Bible

I have seen all the works that have been done under the sun, and lo, the whole [is] vanity and vexation of spirit!
- Youngs Literal Bible

I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and, behold, all is vanity and a striving after wind.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Ecclesiastes 1:14


1:14 Seen - Diligently observed. Vanity - Not only unsatisfying, but also an affliction or breaking to a man's spirit.


Discussion for Ecclesiastes 1

  • A disciple
    Dear Bob; I love the Book of 'The Preacher' or, 'The Summoner.' Some Bible expositors say that Ecclesiastes was a Book about Solomon's Non-Spirit filled attempt to figure out life. But what it really is, is a collection of examples used to call people to rise above this present existence, and all its vanity and vexation of spirit. The very Title of the Book implies Preaching and Calling Assembly.
  • Bob DeHaan
    I have gained much wisdom and understanding from this wonderful book called Ecclesiastes. The heart of man seeks all that is vanity in this world. We can not understand unless we give up our lives to Jesus Christ. We become new creations in Christ, seeking seeking An Eternal perspective instead of a vain and temporal perspective. Holy Spirit feed us the Bread of Life each new day!
  • Clarence Bagley
    could it be that Year's is only a myth if there is nothing new under the sun
  • Carolyn Rowe
    God gave Solomon wisdom greater than anyone before or after him, yet he ended up marrying 700 "strange " women ( heathens) who turned his heart from God to idols. Man at his best is vanity. He misuses God's gifts on his lust.
  • I perceive the knowledge of Geography as a subject already existing in full deta
    God is Omniscient. He knows everything, and we need to therefore fear Him alone who knows all things in secret and in the open, in dark or in light, in private or in public. Fear Him Alone!
  • A disciple
    Pauson; this is something that many of us were taught, by those who didn't know themselves! The fact is, that Solomon had asked the LORD for this wisdom to be able to feed the people with knowledge and understanding. "The Preacher;" which is most accurately interpreted, "The Summoner, (one who calls to assembly);" was written for awakening men out of the vanities of this life, to bring them to God

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