Parallel Verses

New American Standard Bible

I have seen all the works which have been done under the sun, and behold, all is vanity and striving after wind.

King James Version

I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and, behold, all is vanity and vexation of spirit.

Holman Bible

I have seen all the things that are done under the sun and have found everything to be futile, a pursuit of the wind.

International Standard Version

I observed every activity done on earth. My conclusion: all of it is pointless like chasing after the wind.

A Conservative Version

I have seen all the works that are done under the sun, and, behold, all is vanity and a striving after wind.

American Standard Version

I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and, behold, all is vanity and a striving after wind.

Amplified

I have seen all the works that are done under the sun, and behold, all is vanity, a striving after the wind and a feeding on wind.

Bible in Basic English

I have seen all the works which are done under the sun; all is to no purpose, and desire for wind.

Darby Translation

I have seen all the works that are done under the sun, and behold, all is vanity and pursuit of the wind.

Jubilee 2000 Bible

I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and, behold, all is vanity and vexation of spirit.

Julia Smith Translation

I saw all the works they did under the sun; and behold, all vanity and striving of the spirit

King James 2000

I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and, behold, all is vanity and like grasping the wind.

Lexham Expanded Bible

I saw all the works that are done under the sun. Look! Everything [is] vanity and chasing wind.

Modern King James verseion

I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and, behold, all is vanity and vexation of spirit.

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

Thus I have considered all the things that come to pass under the Sun, and lo, they are all but vanity and vexation of mind.

NET Bible

I reflected on everything that is accomplished by man on earth, and I concluded: Everything he has accomplished is futile -- like chasing the wind!

New Heart English Bible

I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and behold, all is vanity and a chasing after wind.

The Emphasized Bible

I saw all the works which were done under the sun, - and lo! all, was vanity, and a feeding on wind.

Webster

I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and behold, all is vanity and vexation of spirit.

World English Bible

I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and behold, all is vanity and a chasing after wind.

Youngs Literal Translation

I have seen all the works that have been done under the sun, and lo, the whole is vanity and vexation of spirit!

Interlinear

English(KJV)
Strong's
Root Form
Definition
Usage
ראה 
Ra'ah 
Usage: 1308

all the works
מעשׂה 
Ma`aseh 
Usage: 234

under the sun
שׁמשׁ 
Shemesh 
Usage: 134

and, behold, all is vanity
הבל הבל 
hebel 
Usage: 73

רעוּת 
R@`uwth 
Usage: 7

Context Readings

Qohelet Introduces His Quest

13 And I set my mind to seek and explore by wisdom concerning all that has been done under heaven It is a grievous task which God has given to the sons of men to be afflicted with. 14 I have seen all the works which have been done under the sun, and behold, all is vanity and striving after wind. 15 What is crooked cannot be straightened and what is lacking cannot be counted.



Cross References

Ecclesiastes 2:11

Thus I considered all my activities which my hands had done and the labor which I had exerted, and behold all was vanity and striving after wind and there was no profit under the sun.

Ecclesiastes 2:17

So I hated life, for the work which had been done under the sun was grievous to me; because everything is futility and striving after wind.

Ecclesiastes 2:26

For to a person who is good in His sight He has given wisdom and knowledge and joy, while to the sinner He has given the task of gathering and collecting so that he may give to one who is good in God's sight This too is vanity and striving after wind.

1 Kings 4:30-32

Solomon's wisdom surpassed the wisdom of all the sons of the east and all the wisdom of Egypt.

Psalm 39:5-6

"Behold, You have made my days as handbreadths, And my lifetime as nothing in Your sight; Surely every man at his best is a mere breath. Selah.

Ecclesiastes 1:17-18

And I set my mind to know wisdom and to know madness and folly; I realized that this also is striving after wind.

Ecclesiastes 4:4

I have seen that every labor and every skill which is done is the result of rivalry between a man and his neighbor This too is vanity and striving after wind.

Ecclesiastes 6:9

What the eyes see is better than what the soul desires This too is futility and a striving after wind.

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