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」。

New American Standard Bible

Ecclesiastes 1

The Futility of All Endeavor

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

[a]Vanity of vanities,” says the Preacher,
[b]Vanity of vanities! All is [c]vanity.”

What advantage does man have in all his work
Which he does under the sun?
A generation goes and a generation comes,
But the earth [d]remains forever.
Also, the sun rises and the sun sets;
And [e]hastening to its place it rises there again.
[f]Blowing toward the south,
Then turning toward the north,
The wind continues [g]swirling along;
And on its circular courses the wind returns.
All the rivers [h]flow into the sea,
Yet the sea is not full.
To the place where the rivers [i]flow,
There they [j]flow again.
All things are wearisome;
Man is not able to tell it.
The eye is not satisfied with seeing,
Nor is the ear filled with hearing.
That which has been is that which will be,
And that which has been done is that which will be done.
So there is nothing new under the sun.
10 Is there anything of which one might say,
“See this, it is new”?
Already it has existed for ages
Which were before us.
11 There is no remembrance of [k]earlier things;
And also of the [l]later things which will occur,
There will be for them no remembrance
Among those who will come [m]later still.

The Futility of Wisdom

12 I, the Preacher, have been king over Israel in Jerusalem. 13 And I set my [n]mind to seek and explore by wisdom concerning all that has been done under heaven. It is [o]a grievous task which God has given to the sons of men to be afflicted with. 14 I have seen all the works which have been done under the sun, and behold, all is [p]vanity and striving after wind. 15 What is crooked cannot be straightened and what is lacking cannot be counted.

16 I [q]said to myself, “Behold, I have magnified and increased wisdom more than all who were over Jerusalem before me; and my [r]mind has observed [s]a wealth of wisdom and knowledge.” 17 And I set my [t]mind to know wisdom and to know madness and folly; I realized that this also is striving after wind. 18 Because in much wisdom there is much grief, and increasing knowledge results in increasing pain.

Notas al pie

  1. Ecclesiastes 1:2 Or Futility of futilities
  2. Ecclesiastes 1:2 Or Futility of futilities
  3. Ecclesiastes 1:2 Or futile
  4. Ecclesiastes 1:4 Lit stands
  5. Ecclesiastes 1:5 Lit panting
  6. Ecclesiastes 1:6 Lit Going
  7. Ecclesiastes 1:6 Lit turning
  8. Ecclesiastes 1:7 Lit go
  9. Ecclesiastes 1:7 Lit go
  10. Ecclesiastes 1:7 Lit go
  11. Ecclesiastes 1:11 Lit first or former
  12. Ecclesiastes 1:11 Lit latter or after
  13. Ecclesiastes 1:11 Lit latter or after
  14. Ecclesiastes 1:13 Lit heart
  15. Ecclesiastes 1:13 Lit an evil
  16. Ecclesiastes 1:14 Or futility
  17. Ecclesiastes 1:16 Lit spoke with my heart, saying
  18. Ecclesiastes 1:16 Lit heart
  19. Ecclesiastes 1:16 Lit an abundance
  20. Ecclesiastes 1:17 Lit heart