Ecclesiastes 1:9

“The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

The thing that hath beene, it is that which shall be: and that which is done, is that which shall be done; and there is no new thing vnder the sunne.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

That which has been is that which will be, And that which has been done is that which will be done. So there is nothing new under the sun.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

That which hath been is that which shall be; and that which hath been done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.
- American Standard Version (1901)

That which has been, is that which is to be, and that which has been done, is that which will be done, and there is no new thing under the sun.
- Basic English Bible

That which hath been is that which shall be; and that which hath been done is that which will be done: and there is nothing new under the sun.
- Darby Bible

The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.
- Webster's Bible

That which has been is that which shall be; and that which has been done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.
- World English Bible

What [is] that which hath been? it [is] that which is, and what [is] that which hath been done? it [is] that which is done, and there is not an entirely new thing under the sun.
- Youngs Literal Bible

That which hath been is that which shall be, and that which hath been done is that which shall be done; and there is nothing new under the sun.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Ecclesiastes 1:9


1:9 There is - There is nothing in the world but a continued and tiresome repetition of the same things. The nature and course of the beings and affairs of the world, and the tempers of men, are the same that they ever were and shall ever be; and therefore, because no man ever yet received satisfaction from worldly things, it is vain for any person hereafter to expect it. No new thing - In the nature of things, which might give us hopes of attaining that satisfaction which hitherto things have not afforded.


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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