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”。

New International Reader's Version

Ecclesiastes 1

Everything Is Meaningless

1These are the words of the Teacher. He was the son of David. He was also the king in Jerusalem.

“Meaningless! Everything is meaningless!”
    says the Teacher.
“Everything is completely meaningless!
    Nothing has any meaning.”

What do people get for all their work?
    Why do they work so hard on this earth?
People come and people go.
    But the earth remains forever.
The sun rises. Then it sets.
    And then it hurries back to where it rises.
The wind blows to the south.
    Then it turns to the north.
Around and around it goes.
    It always returns to where it started.
Every stream flows into the ocean.
    But the ocean never gets full.
The streams return
    to the place they came from.
All things are tiresome.
    They are more tiresome than anyone can say.
But our eyes never see enough of anything.
    Our ears never hear enough.
Everything that has ever been will come back again.
    Everything that has ever been done will be done again.
    Nothing is new on earth.
10 There isn’t anything about which someone can say,
    “Look! Here’s something new.”
It was already here long ago.
    It was here before we were.
11 No one remembers the people of long ago.
    Even those who haven’t been born yet
won’t be remembered
    by those who will be born after them.

Wisdom Is Meaningless

12 I, the Teacher, was king over Israel in Jerusalem. 13 I decided to study things carefully. I used my wisdom to check everything out. I looked into everything that is done on earth. What a heavy load God has put on human beings! 14 I’ve seen what is done on this earth. All of it is meaningless. It’s like chasing the wind.

15 People can’t straighten things that are crooked.
    They can’t count things that don’t even exist.

16 I said to myself, “Look, I’ve now grown wiser than anyone who ruled over Jerusalem in the past. I have a lot of wisdom and knowledge.” 17 Then I used my mind to understand what it really means to be wise. And I wanted to know what foolish pleasure is all about. But I found out that it’s also like chasing the wind.

18 A lot of human wisdom leads to a lot of sorrow.
    More knowledge only brings more sadness.