Ecclesiastes 1:7

“All the rivers run into the sea; yet the sea is not full; unto the place from whence the rivers come, thither they return again.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

All the riuers runne into the sea, yet the Sea is not full: vnto the place from whence the riuers come, thither they returne againe.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

All the rivers flow into the sea, Yet the sea is not full. To the place where the rivers flow, There they flow again.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

All the rivers run into the sea, yet the sea is not full; unto the place whither the rivers go, thither they go again.
- American Standard Version (1901)

All the rivers go down to the sea, but the sea is not full; to the place where the rivers go, there they go again.
- Basic English Bible

All the rivers run into the sea, yet the sea is not full: unto the place whither the rivers go, thither they go again.
- Darby Bible

All the rivers run into the sea; yet the sea is not full; to the place from whence the rivers come, thither they return again.
- Webster's Bible

All the rivers run into the sea, yet the sea is not full. To the place where the rivers flow, there they flow again.
- World English Bible

All the streams are going unto the sea, and the sea is not full; unto a place whither the streams are going, thither they are turning back to go.
- Youngs Literal Bible

All the rivers run into the sea, yet the sea is not full; unto the place whither the rivers go, thither they go again.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Ecclesiastes 1:7


1:7 Is not full - So as to overflow the earth. Whereby also he intimates the emptiness of mens minds, notwithstanding all the abundance of creature comforts. Rivers come - Unto the earth in general, from whence they come or flow into the sea, and to which they return by the reflux of the sea. For he seems to speak of the visible and constant motion of the waters, both to the sea and from it, and then to it again in a perpetual reciprocation.


Discussion for Ecclesiastes 1

  • 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
  • Ibby
    Solomon pleased God he asked for wisdom and God blessed him.However with all the wisdom he took himself strange wives and he forsook God, King Ahab had a strange wife Jezebel look at the outcome, after King Solomon​ looked back his life even with all the wisdom and riches it all came down to vanity.

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