Ecclesiastes 1:4

One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh: but the earth abideth for ever.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

One generation passeth away, and another generation commeth: but the earth abideth for euer.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

A generation goes and a generation comes, But the earth remains forever.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

One generation goeth, and another generation cometh; but the earth abideth for ever.
- American Standard Version (1901)

One generation goes and another comes; but the earth is for ever.
- Basic English Bible

[One] generation passeth away, and [another] generation cometh, but the earth standeth for ever.
- Darby Bible

One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh: but the earth abideth for ever.
- Webster's Bible

One generation goes, and another generation comes; but the earth remains forever.
- World English Bible

A generation is going, and a generation is coming, and the earth to the age is standing.
- Youngs Literal Bible

One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh; and the earth abideth for ever.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Ecclesiastes 1:4


1:4 Passeth - Men continue but for one, and that a short age, and then they leave all their possessions, and therefore they cannot be happy here, because happiness must needs be unchangeable and eternal; or else the certain knowledge of the approaching loss of all these things will rob a man of solid contentment in them. Abideth - Through all successive generations of men; and therefore man is more mutable than the very earth upon which he stands, and which, together with all the comforts which he enjoyed in it, he leaves behind to be possessed by others.


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!
  • 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

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