Ecclesiastes 1:8

“All things are full of labour; man cannot utter it: the eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

All things are full of labour, man cannot vtter it: the eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the eare filled with hearing.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

All things are wearisome; Man is not able to tell {it.} The eye is not satisfied with seeing, Nor is the ear filled with hearing.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

All things are full of weariness; man cannot utter `it': the eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing.
- American Standard Version (1901)

All things are full of weariness; man may not give their story: the eye has never enough of its seeing, or the ear of its hearing.
- Basic English Bible

All things are full of toil; none can express it. The eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing.
- Darby Bible

All things are full of labor; man cannot utter it: the eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing.
- Webster's Bible

All things are full of weariness beyond uttering. The eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing.
- World English Bible

All these things are wearying; a man is not able to speak, the eye is not satisfied by seeing, nor filled is the ear from hearing.
- Youngs Literal Bible

All things toil to weariness; man cannot utter it, the eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Ecclesiastes 1:8


1:8 All things - Not only the sun, and winds, and rivers, but all other creatures. Labour - They are in continual restlessness and change, never abiding in the same state. Is not satisfied - As there are many things in the world vexatious to men, so even those things which are comfortable, are not satisfactory, but men are constantly desiring some longer continuance or fuller enjoyment of them, or variety in them. The eye and ear are here put for all the senses, because these are most spiritual and refined, most curious and inquisitive, most capable of receiving satisfaction, and exercised with more ease and pleasure than the other senses.


Discussion for Ecclesiastes 1

  • 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
  • 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.

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