Ecclesiastes 1:2

“Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Uanitie of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanitie of vanities, all is vanitie.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher, "Vanity of vanities! All is vanity.""
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher; vanity of vanities, all is vanity.
- American Standard Version (1901)

All is to no purpose, said the Preacher, all the ways of man are to no purpose.
- Basic English Bible

Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities! all is vanity.
- Darby Bible

Vanity of vanities, saith the preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity.
- Webster's Bible

Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher; "Vanity of vanities, all is vanity."
- World English Bible

Vanity of vanities, said the Preacher, Vanity of vanities: the whole [is] vanity.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Vanity of vanities, saith Koheleth; vanity of vanities, all is vanity.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Ecclesiastes 1:2


1:2 Vanity - Not only vain, but vanity in the abstract, which denotes extreme vanity. Saith - Upon deep consideration and long experience, and by Divine inspiration. This verse contains the general proposition, which he intends particularly to demonstrate in the following book. All - All worldly things. Is vanity - Not in themselves for they are God's creatures and therefore good in their kinds, but in reference to that happiness, which men seek and expect to find in them. So they are unquestionably vain, because they are not what they seem to be, and perform not what they promise, but instead of that are the occasions of innumerable cares, and fears, and sorrows, and mischiefs. Nay, they are not only vanity but vanity of vanities, the vainest vanity, vanity in the highest degree. And this is redoubled, because the thing is certain, beyond all possibility of dispute.


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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