Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

传道书 1

万事虚空

1以下是在耶路撒冷做王的大卫之子——传道者的话。

传道者说:虚空的虚空,
虚空的虚空,一切都是虚空。
人在日光之下的一切劳碌有什么益处呢?
一代过去,一代又来,
大地却永远长存。
太阳升起,太阳落下,
匆忙回到升起之地。
风吹向南,又转向北,
循环不息,周而复始。
江河涌流入海,海却不会满溢;
江河从何处流出,又返回何处。
万事令人厌烦,人述说不尽。
眼看,看不饱;
耳听,听不够。
以往发生的事,将来还会发生;
先前做过的事,将来也必再做。
日光之下,根本没有新事。
10 人可以指着哪件事说:
“看啊,这是新事”?
所谓的新事在我们以前早就有了。
11 过去的事无人记得,
将来的事后人也不记得。

智慧之虚空

12 我传道者曾在耶路撒冷做以色列的王。 13 我专心用智慧去研究、探索天下各样的事,发现上帝给世人的是极重的苦工。 14 我观察一切日光之下所做的事,看啊,都是虚空,好像捕风。 15 弯曲的不能变直,缺少的无法补足[a] 16 我心里想:“我获得极大的智慧,远超过以前统治耶路撒冷的人。我拥有丰富的智慧和知识。” 17 我又专心察明智慧和知识、狂妄和愚昧,却发现这也是捕风。 18 因为智慧越高,愁烦越多;知识越多,痛苦越深。

Notas al pie

  1. 1:15 补足”希伯来文是“数算”。

Amplified Bible

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.