'Vanity' in the Bible
So I have been caused to inherit months of vanity, And nights of misery they numbered to me.
I have wasted away -- not to the age do I live. Cease from me, for my days are vanity.
For he hath known men of vanity, And He seeth iniquity, And one doth not consider it!
Let him not put credence in vanity, He hath been deceived, For vanity is his recompence.
And how do ye comfort me with vanity, And in your answers hath been left trespass?
If I have walked with vanity, And my foot doth hasten to deceit,
Surely vanity God doth not hear, And the Mighty doth not behold it.
And Job with vanity doth open his mouth, Without knowledge words he multiplieth.
Why have nations tumultuously assembled? And do peoples meditate vanity?
Vanity they speak each with his neighbour, Lip of flattery! With heart and heart they speak.
The clean of hands, and pure of heart, Who hath not lifted up to vanity his soul, Nor hath sworn to deceit.
Lo, handbreadths Thou hast made my days, And mine age is as nothing before Thee, Only, all vanity is every man set up. Selah.
With reproofs against iniquity, Thou hast corrected man, And dost waste as a moth his desirableness, Only, vanity is every man. Selah.
And if he came to see -- vanity he speaketh, His heart gathereth iniquity to itself, He goeth out -- at the street he speaketh.
Only -- vanity are the low, a lie the high. In balances to go up they than vanity are lighter.
And He consumeth in vanity their days, And their years in trouble.
Days of our years, in them are seventy years, And if, by reason of might, eighty years, Yet is their enlargement labour and vanity, For it hath been cut off hastily, and we fly away.
He knoweth the thoughts of man, that they are vanity.
Remove mine eyes from seeing vanity, In Thy way quicken Thou me.
Who exchange Thee for wickedness, Lifted up to vanity are Thine enemies.
Man to vanity hath been like, His days are as a shadow passing by.
Because their mouth hath spoken vanity, And their right hand is a right hand of falsehood.
Free me, and deliver me From the hand of sons of a stranger, Because their mouth hath spoken vanity, And their right hand is a right hand of falsehood,
A heart devising thoughts of vanity -- Feet hasting to run to evil --
Wealth from vanity becometh little, And whoso is gathering by the hand becometh great.
An evil doer is attentive to lips of vanity, Falsehood is giving ear to a mischievous tongue.
The making of treasures by a lying tongue, Is a vanity driven away of those seeking death.
Whoso is tilling his ground is satisfied with bread, And whoso is pursuing vanity, Is filled with poverty.
Vanity and a lying word put far from me, Poverty or wealth give not to me, Cause me to eat the bread of my portion,
Vanity of vanities, said the Preacher, Vanity of vanities: the whole is vanity.
I have seen all the works that have been done under the sun, and lo, the whole is vanity and vexation of spirit!
I said in my heart, 'Pray, come, I try thee with mirth, and look thou on gladness;' and lo, even it is vanity.
and I have looked on all my works that my hands have done, and on the labour that I have laboured to do, and lo, the whole is vanity and vexation of spirit, and there is no advantage under the sun!
and I said in my heart, 'As it happeneth with the fool, it happeneth also with me, and why am I then more wise?' And I spake in my heart, that also this is vanity:
And I have hated life, for sad to me is the work that hath been done under the sun, for the whole is vanity and vexation of spirit.
And who knoweth whether he is wise or foolish? yet he doth rule over all my labour that I have laboured at, and that I have done wisely under the sun! this also is vanity.
For there is a man whose labour is in wisdom, and in knowledge, and in equity, and to a man who hath not laboured therein he giveth it -- his portion! Even this is vanity and a great evil.
For all his days are sorrows, and his travail sadness; even at night his heart hath not lain down; this also is vanity.
For to a man who is good before Him, He hath given wisdom, and knowledge, and joy; and to a sinner He hath given travail, to gather and to heap up, to give to the good before God. Even this is vanity and vexation of spirit.
For an event is to the sons of man, and an event is to the beasts, even one event is to them; as the death of this, so is the death of that; and one spirit is to all, and the advantage of man above the beast is nothing, for the whole is vanity.
And I have seen all the labour, and all the benefit of the work, because for it a man is the envy of his neighbour. Even this is vanity and vexation of spirit.
There is one, and there is not a second; even son or brother he hath not, and there is no end to all his labour! His eye also is not satisfied with riches, and he saith not, 'For whom am I labouring and bereaving my soul of good?' This also is vanity, it is a sad travail.
there is no end to all the people, to all who were before them; also, the latter rejoice not in him. Surely this also is vanity and vexation of spirit.
Whoso is loving silver is not satisfied with silver, nor he who is in love with stores with increase. Even this is vanity.
A man to whom God giveth wealth, and riches, and honour, and there is no lack to his soul of all that he desireth, and God giveth him not power to eat of it, but a stranger eateth it; this is vanity, and it is an evil disease.
For in vanity he came in, and in darkness he goeth, and in darkness his name is covered,
Better is the sight of the eyes than the going of the soul. This also is vanity and vexation of spirit.
For there are many things multiplying vanity; what advantage is to man?
For who knoweth what is good for a man in life, the number of the days of the life of his vanity, and he maketh them as a shadow? for who declareth to man what is after him under the sun?
For as the noise of thorns under the pot, So is the laughter of a fool, even this is vanity.
The whole I have considered in the days of my vanity. There is a righteous one perishing in his righteousness, and there is a wrong-doer prolonging himself in his wrong.
And so I have seen the wicked buried, and they went in, even from the Holy Place they go, and they are forgotten in the city whether they had so done. This also is vanity.
There is a vanity that hath been done upon the earth, that there are righteous ones unto whom it is coming according to the work of the wicked, and there are wicked ones unto whom it is coming according to the work of the righteous. I have said that this also is vanity.
See life with the wife whom thou hast loved, all the days of the life of thy vanity, that He hath given to thee under the sun, all the days of thy vanity, for it is thy portion in life, even of thy labour that thou art labouring at under the sun.
But, if man liveth many years, In all of them let him rejoice, And remember the days of darkness, For they are many! all that is coming is vanity.
And turn aside anger from thy heart, And cause evil to pass from thy flesh, For the childhood and the age are vanity!
Vanity of vanities, said the preacher, the whole is vanity.
Woe to those drawing out iniquity with cords of vanity, And as with thick ropes of the cart -- sin.
Yea, Egyptians are vanity, and in vain do help, Therefore I have cried concerning this: 'Their strength is to sit still.'
And His breath is as an overflowing stream, Unto the neck it divideth, To sift nations with a sieve of vanity, And a bridle causing to err, Is on the jaws of the peoples.
Lo, all of them are vanity, Nought are their works, Wind and emptiness their molten images!'
And I said, 'For a vain thing I laboured, For emptiness and vanity my power I consumed, But my judgment is with Jehovah, And my wage with my God.
When thou criest, let thy gatherings deliver thee, And all of them carry away doth wind, Take away doth vanity, And whoso is trusting in Me inheriteth the land, And doth possess My holy mountain.
Then thou callest, and Jehovah answereth, Thou criest, and He saith, 'Behold Me.' If thou turn aside from thy midst the yoke, The sending forth of the finger, And the speaking of vanity,
Thus said Jehovah: What -- have your fathers found in Me perversity, That they have gone far off from Me, And go after the vanity, and become vain,
For the statutes of the peoples are vanity, For a tree from a forest hath one cut, Work of the hands of an artificer, with an axe,
Vanity are they, work of erring ones, In the time of their inspection they perish.
And Jehovah saith unto me: Falsehood the prophets are prophesying in My name, I did not send them, nor command them, Nor have I spoken unto them: A false vision, and divination, and vanity, And the deceit of their own heart, they are prophesying to you.
O Jehovah, my strength, and my fortress, And my refuge in a day of adversity, Unto Thee nations do come from the ends of earth, And say, Only falsehood did our fathers inherit, Vanity, and none among them is profitable.
Vanity are they -- work of errors, In the time of their inspection they perish.
They have seen vanity, and lying divination, Who are saying: An affirmation of Jehovah, And Jehovah hath not sent them, And they have hoped to establish a word.
Therefore, thus said the Lord Jehovah: Because ye have spoken vanity, and seen a lie, Therefore, lo, I am against you, An affirmation of the Lord Jehovah.
And My hand hath been on the prophets, Who are seeing vanity, and who are divining a lie, In the assembly of My people they are not, And in the writing of the house of Israel they are not written, And unto the ground of Israel they come not, And ye have known that I am the Lord Jehovah.
Therefore, vanity ye do not see, And divination ye do not divine again, And I have delivered My people out of your hand, And ye have known that I am Jehovah!'
Surely Gilead is iniquity, Only, vanity they have been, In Gilead bullocks they have sacrificed, Also their altars are as heaps, on the furrows of a field.
And seek not Beth-El, and Gilgal enter not, And Beer-Sheba pass not through, For Gilgal doth utterly remove, And Beth-El doth become vanity.
Lo, is it not from Jehovah of Hosts And peoples are fatigued for fire, And nations for vanity are weary?
Because the teraphim did speak iniquity, And the diviners have seen a falsehood, And dreams of the vanity they speak, With vanity they give comfort, Therefore they have journeyed as a flock, They are afflicted, for there is no shepherd.
for to vanity was the creation made subject -- not of its will, but because of Him who did subject it -- in hope,
This, then, I say, and I testify in the Lord; ye are no more to walk, as also the other nations walk, in the vanity of their mind,
for overswellings of vanity speaking, they do entice in desires of the flesh -- lasciviousnesses, those who had truly escaped from those conducting themselves in error,
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