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
    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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