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Ecclesiastes 1

The Futility of All Endeavors

1The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem.


“Vanity of vanities,” says the Preacher.
“Vanity of vanities! All [that is done without God’s guidance] is vanity [futile, meaningless—a wisp of smoke, a vapor that vanishes, merely chasing the wind].”


What advantage does man have from all his work
Which he does [a]under the sun (while earthbound)?

One generation goes and another generation comes,
But the earth remains forever.

Also, the sun rises and the sun sets;
And hurries to the place where it rises again.

The wind blows toward the south,
Then circles toward the north;
The wind circles and swirls endlessly,
And on its circular course the wind returns.

All the rivers flow into the sea,
Yet the sea is not full.
To the place where the rivers flow,
There they flow again.

All things are wearisome and all words are frail;
Man cannot express it.
The eye is not satisfied with seeing,
Nor is the ear filled with hearing.

That which has been is that which will be [again],
And that which has been done is that which will be done again.
So there is nothing new under the sun.
10 
Is there anything of which it can be said,
“See this, it is new”?
It has already existed for [the vast] ages [of time recorded or unrecorded]
Which were before us.
11 
There is no remembrance of earlier things,
Nor also of the later things that are to come;
There will be for them no remembrance
By generations who will come after them.

The Futility of Wisdom

12 I, the Preacher, have been king over Israel in Jerusalem. 13 And I set my mind to seek and explore by [man’s] [b]wisdom all [human activity] that has been done under heaven. It is a miserable business and a burdensome task which [c]God has given the sons of men with which to be busy and distressed. 14 I have seen all the works which have been done under the sun, and behold, all is vanity, a futile grasping and chasing after the wind. 15 What is crooked cannot be straightened and what is defective and lacking cannot be counted.

16 I spoke with my heart, saying, “Behold, I have acquired great [human] wisdom and experience, more than all who were over Jerusalem before me; and my mind has observed a wealth of [moral] wisdom and [scientific] knowledge.” 17 And I set my mind to know [practical] wisdom and to discern [the character of] madness and folly [in which men seem to find satisfaction]; I realized that this too is a futile grasping and chasing after the wind. 18 For in much [human] wisdom there is much displeasure and exasperation; increasing knowledge increases sorrow.

Notas al pie

  1. Ecclesiastes 1:3 Ecclesiastes expresses the view of the natural man whose interests are focused on vanishing pleasures and empty satisfactions. The natural man is not aware that all the answers to life are found in God. The natural man grovels in the earth and seeks and finds that which is futile and temporary while the spiritual man soars on wings of eagles (Is 40:31) and seeks and finds righteousness and God’s incomparable and everlasting blessings and companionship.
  2. Ecclesiastes 1:13 The “wisdom” of Proverbs is not the “wisdom” of Ecclesiastes. The former is godly wisdom; the latter is usually human wisdom.
  3. Ecclesiastes 1:13 Heb Elohim: mighty, creator, ruler of man and nature.

Endagaano Enkadde nʼEndagaano Empya

Omubuulizi 1

Obutaliimu bw’Amagezi g’Abantu

1Ebigambo by’Omubuulizi, mutabani wa Dawudi kabaka mu Yerusaalemi.

“Obutaliimu! Obutaliimu!” bw’ayogera Omubuulizi.
    Byonna butaliimu.

Omuntu afuna ki mu byonna by’akola,
    mu byonna ebimukooya wansi w’enjuba?
Omulembe ogumu gugenda, omulala ne gujja,
    naye ensi ebeerera emirembe gyonna.
Enjuba evaayo era n’egwa,
    ate n’eyanguwa okutuuka mu kifo mw’eviirayo.
Empewo ekunta ng’eraga obukiikaddyo,
    ne yeetooloola okutuuka obukiikakkono;
empewo yeetooloola ne yeetooloola,
    n’ekomerawo ku biwaawaatiro byayo.
Emigga gyonna gikulukuta nga giraga mu nnyanja,
    naye ennyanja tejjula;
ekifo emigga gye gikulukutira
    era gye gyeyongera okukulukutira.
Ebintu byonna bijjudde obukoowu
    omuntu bw’atasobola kutenda!
Eriiso terimatira kulaba,
    wadde okutu okukoowa okuwulira.
Ekyo ekyabaawo era kye kigenda okubaawo,
    n’ekyo ekikoleddwa era kye kigenda okukolebwa;
    era tewali kintu kiggya wansi w’enjuba.
10 Waali wabaddewo ekintu ekyali kigambiddwa nti,
    “Laba kino kiggya”?
Kyaliwo dda
    mu mirembe egyatusooka?
11 Tewali kujjukira bintu byasooka
    era tewaliba kujjukira bintu ebyo ebitanabaawo mu ebyo ebijja oluvannyuma.

Amagezi Agatali ga Katonda Butaliimu

12 Nze Omubuulizi nali kabaka wa Isirayiri mu Yerusaalemi. 13 Nagezaako n’omutima gwange okuyiga n’okwetegereza n’amagezi gange gonna mu ebyo ebikolebwa wansi w’eggulu; omulimu Katonda gwe yawa abaana b’abantu okukola, guteganya. 14 Ndabye ebintu byonna ebikolebwa wansi w’enjuba; era laba, byonna butaliimu na kugoberera mpewo.

15 Ekyo ekyakyama tekisoboka kugololebwa,
    n’ekibulako tekibalibwa.

16 Nayogera munda yange nti, “Nfunye amagezi mangi agasinga ag’abo bonna abaali babadde mu Yerusaalemi, era nfunye amagezi n’okumanya kungi.” 17 Era omutima gwange ne gumanya okwawula amagezi n’eddalu, n’obutategeera. Ne ntegeera nti na kino nakyo kugoberera mpewo.

18 Kubanga mu magezi amangi mujjiramu okunakuwala kungi;
    amagezi gye gakoma obungi, n’okunakuwala gye gukoma.