The thing that has been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.
And moreover I saw under the sun the place of justice, that wickedness was there; and the place of righteousness, that iniquity was there.
I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and, behold, all is vanity and like grasping the wind.
Then I beheld all the work of God, that a man cannot find out the work that is done under the sun: because though a man labors to seek it out, yet he shall not find it; yea moreover; though a wise man thinks to know it, yet shall he not be able to find it.
All this have I seen, and applied my heart unto every work that is done under the sun: there is a time in which one man rules over another to his own hurt.
What profit has a man of all his labor which he takes under the sun?
Then I looked on all the works that my hands had made, and on the labor that I had expended on it: and, behold, all was vanity and like grasping the wind, and there was no profit under the sun.
There is a great evil which I have seen under the sun, namely, riches kept by their owners to their hurt.
Therefore I hated life; because the work that is done under the sun is grievous unto me: for all is vanity and like grasping the wind.
And who knows whether he shall be a wise man or a fool? yet shall he have rule over all my labor in which I have labored, and in which I have shown myself wise under the sun. This is also vanity.
Therefore I gave my heart up to despair of all the labor in which I toiled under the sun.
For what has man for all his labor, and for the striving of his heart, with which he has labored under the sun?
So I returned, and considered all the oppressions that are done under the sun: and behold the tears of such as were oppressed, and they had no comforter; and on the side of their oppressors there was power; but they had no comforter.
I considered all the living who walk under the sun, with the second child that shall stand up in his place.
There is an evil which I have seen under the sun, and it is common among men:
For who knows what is good for man in this life, all the days of his vain life which he spends like a shadow? for who can tell a man what shall be after him under the sun?
Also their love, and their hatred, and their envy, is now perished; neither have they any more a portion forever in any thing that is done under the sun.
Live joyfully with the wife whom you love all the days of the life of your vanity, which he has given you under the sun, all the days of your vanity: for that is your portion in this life, and in your labor which you perform under the sun.
This wisdom have I seen also under the sun, and it seemed great unto me:
There is an evil which I have seen under the sun, as an error which proceeds from the ruler:
Then I commended mirth, because a man has no better thing under the sun, than to eat, and to drink, and to be merry: for that shall abide with him in his labor all the days of his life, which God gives him under the sun.
Yea, better is he than both, who has not yet been, who has not seen the evil work that is done under the sun.
And I gave my heart to seek and search out by wisdom concerning all things that are done under heaven: this severe burden has God given to the sons of man to be afflicted with.
I sought in my heart to give myself unto wine, yet acquainting my heart with wisdom; and to lay hold on folly, till I might see what was good for the sons of men, which they should do under heaven all the days of their life.
To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: