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 Living Translation

Ecclesiastes 1

1These are the words of the Teacher,[a] King David’s son, who ruled in Jerusalem.

Everything Is Meaningless

“Everything is meaningless,” says the Teacher, “completely meaningless!”

What do people get for all their hard work under the sun? Generations come and generations go, but the earth never changes. The sun rises and the sun sets, then hurries around to rise again. The wind blows south, and then turns north. Around and around it goes, blowing in circles. Rivers run into the sea, but the sea is never full. Then the water returns again to the rivers and flows out again to the sea. Everything is wearisome beyond description. No matter how much we see, we are never satisfied. No matter how much we hear, we are not content.

History merely repeats itself. It has all been done before. Nothing under the sun is truly new. 10 Sometimes people say, “Here is something new!” But actually it is old; nothing is ever truly new. 11 We don’t remember what happened in the past, and in future generations, no one will remember what we are doing now.

The Teacher Speaks: The Futility of Wisdom

12 I, the Teacher, was king of Israel, and I lived in Jerusalem. 13 I devoted myself to search for understanding and to explore by wisdom everything being done under heaven. I soon discovered that God has dealt a tragic existence to the human race. 14 I observed everything going on under the sun, and really, it is all meaningless—like chasing the wind.

15 What is wrong cannot be made right.
    What is missing cannot be recovered.

16 I said to myself, “Look, I am wiser than any of the kings who ruled in Jerusalem before me. I have greater wisdom and knowledge than any of them.” 17 So I set out to learn everything from wisdom to madness and folly. But I learned firsthand that pursuing all this is like chasing the wind.

18 The greater my wisdom, the greater my grief.
    To increase knowledge only increases sorrow.

Notas al pie

  1. 1:1 Hebrew Qoheleth; this term is rendered “the Teacher” throughout this book.