Ecclesiastes 12:8

“Vanity of vanities, saith the preacher; all is vanity.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Uanitie of vanities (saith the preacher) all is vanitie.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher, "all is vanity!""
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher; all is vanity.
- American Standard Version (1901)

All things are to no purpose, says the Preacher, all is to no purpose.
- Basic English Bible

Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher: all is vanity.
- Darby Bible

Vanity of vanities saith the preacher; all is vanity.
- Webster's Bible

Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher. "All is vanity!"
- World English Bible

Vanity of vanities, said the preacher, the whole [is] vanity.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Vanity of vanities, saith Koheleth; all is vanity.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Ecclesiastes 12:8


12:8 Vanity - This sentence, wherewith he began this book, he here repeats in the end of it, as that which he had proved in all the foregoing discourse, and that which naturally followed from both the branches of the assertion laid down, ver.#7|.


Discussion for Ecclesiastes 12

  • Mike
    This is the whole duty of man fear God and keep his commandments

    Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.

    -Ecclesiastes 12:13
  • Steve morrow
    ECCLESIATES 12:11 THE WORDS OF THE WISE ARE AS GOADS AND AS NAILS FASTENED BY THE MASTERS OF ASSEMBLIES --- WHICH ARE GIVEN FROM ONE SHEPHERD --- JOHN 10:16 AND OTHER SHEEP I HAVE WHICH ARE NOT OF THIS FOLD THEM ALSO I MUST BRING AND THEY SHALL HEAR --MY VOICE--AND THERE SHALL BE ONE FOLD AND --ONE SHEPHERD--
  • BSP
    We should have a deep respect or fear of Jehovah God and keep his commandments. This is the whole obligation of humans.
  • A disciple
    In this wonderful Book called, The Preacher, is laid out very many aspects of this present existence, and how they are used knowingly or unknowingly to distract man who is made in the image of God from seeking out the eternal meaning of his having been created thus and in many cases, worse, uses them falsely to deny the very God and Saviour, who he is supposed to replicate in character, in conduct, in faith, hope and love in holiness and the Spirit of Truth. The powerful conclusion "of the whole matter," is what we must hear and receive and learn from Jesus to do, with all our hearts, and without hypocrisy. For if after all our lifetime is spent, and we have only our own basket of potatoes and carrots, but no honest accounting of our souls in light of Christ being sent to redeem us then will we have worked for nothing, and all our love, and hate, and envy, and toil, will be turned to smoke and ashes, and remembered no more we ourselves having never stood in the truth, will have no place, and never be fit for the presence of God in eternity. But the Word is written to us as to children, so that we may do them and be blessed. This is the will of God for all men that we might be saved, all thanks and glory and praise to our wonderful Father God, and the Son of God our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
  • Marimba
    'all mans duty is to serve GOD'
  • Irene123
    Oh Carol; that the Lord could reach the youth before they joined gangs, committed felonies, got DUI's, etc. Keep them lifted up in prayer ............

Bible Options