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

  • Claude perea
    Jesus our Lord is all knowing all wise and all power yet most people in this life don't care to know him This I Would Say Is TRULY vanity
  • 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
  • Pauson
    Solomon could not understand his purpise of living. He served his interests rather than thinking about his legacy. All is vanity without christ.
  • Chris Powell
    All that we seek and have is vanity, listen to what the Lord is saying. We can own everything in this world but will never be satisfied.
  • A disciple
    Billy B. Yes, I think those are good points. Something more you may find interesting; when we think of Ecclesiastes as God's Spirit in Solomon preaching to His people Israel, and summoning them to the great Assembly of the Saved; of all the distractions, cares and pleasures of this life; of all the vanity and vexation of spirit; how do we consider, "What will a man give in exchange for his soul?"
  • Billy b
    So what I get out of it is that no matter how great or how strong and big Jesus makes us where only made in his image we are not perfect the point is not to focus on the bad but to show God loves us all and came for sinners

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