Ecclesiastes (Book of Ecclesiastes)
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Ecclesiastes (/ɪˌkliːziˈæstiːz/; Hebrew: קֹהֶלֶת‎, qōheleṯ, Greek: Ἐκκλησιαστής, Ekklēsiastēs) written c. 450–200 BCE, is one of the "Wisdom" books of the Old Testament. The title commonly used in English is a Latin transliteration of the Greek translation of the Hebrew word Kohelet (also written as Koheleth, Qoheleth or Qohelet). An unnamed author introduces "Kohelet" as the son of David (1:1) and does not use his own voice again until the final verses (12:9–14), where he gives his own thoughts and summarises the statements of "Kohelet"; the main body of the text is ascribed to Kohelet himself.
Ecclesiastes
(Book of Ecclesiastes)
קֹהֶלֶת

Ketuvim - כְּתוּבִים

Ecclesiastes - Chapter 1

The words of Koheleth, the son of David, king in Jerusalem.

Vanity of vanities, saith Koheleth; vanity of vanities, all is vanity.

What profit hath man of all his labour wherein he laboureth under the sun?

One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh; and the earth abideth for ever.

The sun also ariseth, and the sun goeth down, and hasteth to his place where he ariseth.

The wind goeth toward the south, and turneth about unto the north; it turneth about continually in its circuit, and the wind returneth again to its circuits.

All the rivers run into the sea, yet the sea is not full; unto the place whither the rivers go, thither they go again.

All things toil to weariness; man cannot utter it, the eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing.

That which hath been is that which shall be, and that which hath been done is that which shall be done; and there is nothing new under the sun.

Is there a thing whereof it is said: ‘See, this is new’? it hath been already, in the ages which were before us.

There is no remembrance of them of former times; neither shall there be any remembrance of them of latter times that are to come, among those that shall come after. {P}

I Koheleth have been king over Israel in Jerusalem.

And I applied my heart to seek and to search out by wisdom concerning all things that are done under heaven; it is a sore task that God hath given to the sons of men to be exercised therewith.

I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and, behold, all is vanity and a striving after wind.