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

  • 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.
  • 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

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