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

  • 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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