Parallel Verses

Webster

Vanity of vanities saith the preacher; all is vanity.

New American Standard Bible

Vanity of vanities,” says the Preacher, “all is vanity!”

King James Version

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

Holman Bible

“Absolute futility,” says the Teacher. “Everything is futile.”

International Standard Version

"Utterly pointless," says the Teacher. "Everything is pointless."

A Conservative Version

Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher, all is vanity.

American Standard Version

Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher; all is vanity.

Amplified

“Vanity of vanities,” says the Preacher. “All [that is done without God’s guidance] is vanity (futility).”

Bible in Basic English

All things are to no purpose, says the Preacher, all is to no purpose.

Darby Translation

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

Julia Smith Translation

Vanity of vanities, said the preacher; all is vanity.

King James 2000

Vanity of vanities, says the preacher; all is vanity.

Lexham Expanded Bible

"Vanity of vanity!" says the Teacher. "Everything [is] vanity!"

Modern King James verseion

Vanity of vanities, says the preacher; all is vanity.

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

All is but vanity - sayeth the preacher - all is but plain vanity.

NET Bible

"Absolutely futile!" laments the Teacher, "All of these things are futile!"

New Heart English Bible

Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher. All is vanity.

The Emphasized Bible

Vanity of vanities, saith the Proclaimer, all, is vanity.

World English Bible

"Vanity of vanities," says the Preacher. "All is vanity!"

Youngs Literal Translation

Vanity of vanities, said the preacher, the whole is vanity.

Interlinear

English(KJV)
Strong's
Root Form
Definition
Usage
הבל הבל 
hebel 
Usage: 73

הבל הבל 
hebel 
Usage: 73

the preacher
קהלת 
Qoheleth 
Usage: 7

References

Hastings

Context Readings

Motto Restated

7 Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return to God who gave it. 8 Vanity of vanities saith the preacher; all is vanity. 9 And moreover, because the preacher was wise, he still taught the people knowledge: yes, he gave good heed, and sought out, and set in order many proverbs.



Cross References

Ecclesiastes 1:2

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

Psalm 62:9

Surely men of low degree are vanity, and men of high degree are a lie: to be laid in the balance, they are altogether lighter than vanity.

Ecclesiastes 1:14

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

Ecclesiastes 2:17

Therefore I hated life; because the work that is wrought under the sun is grievous to me: for all is vanity and vexation of spirit.

Ecclesiastes 4:4

Again, I considered all labor, and every right work, that for this a man is envied by his neighbor. This is also vanity and vexation of spirit.

Ecclesiastes 6:12

For who knoweth what is good for man in this life, all the days of his vain life which he spendeth as a shadow? for who can tell a man what shall be after him under the sun?

Ecclesiastes 8:8

There is no man that hath power over the spirit to retain the spirit; neither hath he power in the day of death: and there is no discharge in that war; neither shall wickedness deliver those that are given to it.

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