Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
Then I looked at all the works that my hands had worked, and at the labor that I had labored to do; and behold, all was vanity and a chasing after wind, and there was no profit under the sun.
For that which happens to the sons of men happens to animals. Even one thing happens to them. As the one dies, so the other dies. Yes, they have all one breath; and man has no advantage over the animals: for all is vanity.
Then I saw all the labor and achievement that is the envy of a man's neighbor. This also is vanity and a striving after wind.
He who loves silver shall not be satisfied with silver; nor he who loves abundance, with increase: this also is vanity.
For there are many words that create vanity. What does that profit man?
Yes, if a man lives many years, let him rejoice in them all; but let him remember the days of darkness, for they shall be many. All that comes is vanity.
"Vanity of vanities," says the Preacher. "All is vanity!"
Behold, you have made my days handbreadths. My lifetime is as nothing before you. Surely every man stands as a breath." Selah.
Surely men of low degree are just a breath, and men of high degree are a lie. In the balances they will go up. They are together lighter than a breath.
Man is like a breath. His days are like a shadow that passes away.
For the creation was subjected to vanity, not of its own will, but because of him who subjected it, in hope