Parallel Verses

Julia Smith Translation

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

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 which have been done under the sun, and behold, all is vanity, a futile grasping and chasing after the 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.

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

and vexation
רעוּת 
R@`uwth 
Usage: 7

Verse Info

Context Readings

Qohelet Introduces His Quest

13 And I gave my heart to seek and to search out in wisdom concerning all which was done under the heavens: this evil business God gave to the sons of man to be occupied in it 14 I saw all the works they did under the sun; and behold, all vanity and striving of the spirit 15 The crooked thing shall not be able to be made straight: and the deficiency shall not be able to be numberd



Cross References

Ecclesiastes 2:11

And I looked upon all my works my hands made, and upon the labor I labored to do, and behold, all vanity and striving of the spirit, and no profit under the sun.

Ecclesiastes 2:17

And I hated life, for evil to me the work done under the sun: for all vanity and striving of the spirit

Ecclesiastes 2:26

For to a man good before his face, he gave wisdom and knowledge and gladness: and to him sinning, he gave labor, to gather and to heap up, to give to the good one before the face of God. Also this is vanity and the striving of the spirit.

1 Kings 4:30-32

And the wisdom of Solomon will be multiplied above the wisdom of all the sons of the east, and above all the wisdom of Egypt

Psalm 39:5-6

Behold, thou gavest my days a hand-breadth, and my life as nothing before thee: but every man stood all vanity. Silence.

Ecclesiastes 1:17-18

And I will give my heart to know wisdom, and the knowledge of praise and understanding: I knew this also it is the striving of the spirit

Ecclesiastes 4:4

And I saw all the labor and all the success of the work, for this the jealousy of a man from his neighbor. Also this is vanity and striving of spirit.

Ecclesiastes 6:9

Good the sight of the eyes above the going of the soul. Also this is vanity and striving of spirit

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