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Oniwaasu 1

Asán ni ohun ayé

1Ọ̀rọ̀ Oniwaasu, ọmọ Dafidi, ọba Jerusalẹmu:

“Asán inú asán!”
    oníwàásù náà wí pé,
“Asán inú asán!
    Gbogbo rẹ̀ asán ni.”

Kí ni ènìyàn rí jẹ ní èrè lórí gbogbo iṣẹ́ rẹ̀,
    lórí èyí tí ó ń ṣe wàhálà sí lábẹ́ oòrùn?
Bí ìran kan ti wá ni ìran mìíràn ń kọjá lọ,
    síbẹ̀ ayé dúró títí láé.
Oòrùn ń ràn, oòrùn sì ń wọ̀,
    ó sì sáré padà sí ibi tí ó ti yọ.
Afẹ́fẹ́ ń fẹ́ lọ sí ìhà gúúsù,
    Ó sì ń fẹ́ yípo sí ìhà àríwá,
a sì tún padà sí ọ̀nà rẹ̀.
Gbogbo odò ń sàn sí inú Òkun,
    síbẹ̀síbẹ̀ Òkun kò kún.
Níbi tí àwọn odò ti wá,
    níbẹ̀ ni wọ́n tún padà sí.
Ohun gbogbo ni ó ń mú àárẹ̀ wá,
    ju èyí tí ẹnu le è sọ.
Ojú kò tí ì rí ìrírí tí ó tẹ́ ẹ lọ́rùn,
    bẹ́ẹ̀ ni, etí kò tí ì kún fún gbígbọ́.
Ohun tí ó ti wà tẹ́lẹ̀ náà ni yóò sì máa wà, ohun tí a ti ṣe sẹ́yìn
    òun ni a ó tún máa ṣe padà
    kò sí ohun tuntun lábẹ́ oòrùn.
10 Ǹjẹ́ ohun kan wà tí ẹnìkan le è sọ wí pé,
    “Wò ó! Ohun tuntun ni èyí”?
Ó ti wà tẹ́lẹ̀ rí ní ọjọ́ tó ti pẹ́,
    o ti wà ṣáájú tiwa.
11 Kò sí ìrántí ohun ìṣáájú
    bẹ́ẹ̀ ni ìrántí kì yóò sí fún
ohun ìkẹyìn tí ń bọ̀
    lọ́dọ̀ àwọn tí ń bọ̀ ní ìgbà ìkẹyìn.

Asán ni ọgbọ́n ènìyàn

12 Èmi, Oniwaasu ti jẹ ọba lórí Israẹli ní Jerusalẹmu rí. 13 Mo fi àsìkò mi sílẹ̀ láti kọ́ àti láti ṣe àwárí pẹ̀lú ọgbọ́n, gbogbo ohun tí ó ń ṣẹlẹ̀ lábẹ́ ọ̀run. Háà! Ẹrù wúwo tí Ọlọ́run ti gbé lé àwọn ènìyàn: 14 Èmi ti rí ohun gbogbo tí ó ń ṣẹlẹ̀ lábẹ́ oòrùn, gbogbo rẹ̀ kò ní ìtumọ̀ bí ẹní gbìyànjú àti mú afẹ́fẹ́ ni.

15 Ohun tí ó ti wọ́ kò le è ṣe é tọ́ mọ́,
    ohun tí kò sí kò le è ṣe é kà.

16 Mo rò nínú ara mi, “Wò ó, mo ti dàgbà, ọgbọ́n mi sì ti pọ̀ ju ti ẹnikẹ́ni tí ó ti ṣe alákòóso Jerusalẹmu síwájú mi lọ, mo ti ní ìrírí púpọ̀ nípa ọgbọ́n àti ìmọ̀.” 17 Nígbà náà ni mo fi ara jì láti ní ìmọ̀ nípa ọgbọ́n, àti pàápàá àìgbọ́n àti òmùgọ̀, ṣùgbọ́n mo rí, wí pé èyí pẹ̀lú bí ẹni ń gbìyànjú àti mú afẹ́fẹ́ ni.

18 Nítorí pé ọgbọ́n púpọ̀ ìbànújẹ́ púpọ̀ ní ń mú wá,
    bí ìmọ̀ bá sì ṣe pọ̀ tó náà ni ìbànújẹ́ ń pọ̀ tó.

The Message

Ecclesiastes 1

The Quester

1These are the words of the Quester, David’s son and king in Jerusalem

2-11 Smoke, nothing but smoke. [That’s what the Quester says.]
    There’s nothing to anything—it’s all smoke.
What’s there to show for a lifetime of work,
    a lifetime of working your fingers to the bone?
One generation goes its way, the next one arrives,
    but nothing changes—it’s business as usual for old
        planet earth.
The sun comes up and the sun goes down,
    then does it again, and again—the same old round.
The wind blows south, the wind blows north.
    Around and around and around it blows,
    blowing this way, then that—the whirling, erratic wind.
All the rivers flow into the sea,
    but the sea never fills up.
The rivers keep flowing to the same old place,
    and then start all over and do it again.
Everything’s boring, utterly boring—
    no one can find any meaning in it.
Boring to the eye,
    boring to the ear.
What was will be again,
    what happened will happen again.
There’s nothing new on this earth.
    Year after year it’s the same old thing.
Does someone call out, “Hey, this is new”?
    Don’t get excited—it’s the same old story.
Nobody remembers what happened yesterday.
    And the things that will happen tomorrow?
Nobody’ll remember them either.
    Don’t count on being remembered.

I’ve Seen It All

12-14 Call me “the Quester.” I’ve been king over Israel in Jerusalem. I looked most carefully into everything, searched out all that is done on this earth. And let me tell you, there’s not much to write home about. God hasn’t made it easy for us. I’ve seen it all and it’s nothing but smoke—smoke, and spitting into the wind.

15 Life’s a corkscrew that can’t be straightened,
A minus that won’t add up.

16-17 I said to myself, “I know more and I’m wiser than anyone before me in Jerusalem. I’ve stockpiled wisdom and knowledge.” What I’ve finally concluded is that so-called wisdom and knowledge are mindless and witless—nothing but spitting into the wind.

18 Much learning earns you much trouble.
The more you know, the more you hurt.