Chinese Contemporary Bible (Traditional)

傳道書 1

萬事虛空

1以下是在耶路撒冷做王的大衛之子——傳道者的話。

傳道者說:虛空的虛空,
虛空的虛空,一切都是虛空。
人在日光之下的一切勞碌有什麼益處呢?
一代過去,一代又來,
大地卻永遠長存。
太陽升起,太陽落下,
匆忙回到升起之地。
風吹向南,又轉向北,
循環不息,周而復始。
江河湧流入海,海卻不會滿溢;
江河從何處流出,又返回何處。
萬事令人厭煩,人述說不盡。
眼看,看不飽;
耳聽,聽不夠。
以往發生的事,將來還會發生;
先前做過的事,將來也必再做。
日光之下,根本沒有新事。
10 人可以指著哪件事說:
「看啊,這是新事」?
所謂的新事在我們以前早就有了。
11 過去的事無人記得,
將來的事後人也不記得。

智慧之虛空

12 我傳道者曾在耶路撒冷做以色列的王。 13 我專心用智慧去研究、探索天下各樣的事,發現上帝給世人的是極重的苦工。 14 我觀察一切日光之下所做的事,看啊,都是虛空,好像捕風。 15 彎曲的不能變直,缺少的無法補足[a] 16 我心裡想:「我獲得極大的智慧,遠超過以前統治耶路撒冷的人。我擁有豐富的智慧和知識。」 17 我又專心察明智慧和知識、狂妄和愚昧,卻發現這也是捕風。 18 因為智慧越高,愁煩越多;知識越多,痛苦越深。

Notas al pie

  1. 1·15 補足」希伯來文是「數算」。

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.