Everything Is Meaningless
1These are the words of the Teacher. He was the son of David. He was also the king in Jerusalem.
2“Meaningless! Everything is meaningless!”
says the Teacher.
“Everything is completely meaningless!
Nothing has any meaning.”
3What do people get for all their work?
Why do they work so hard on this earth?
4People come and people go.
But the earth remains forever.
5The sun rises. Then it sets.
And then it hurries back to where it rises.
6The wind blows to the south.
Then it turns to the north.
Around and around it goes.
It always returns to where it started.
7Every stream flows into the ocean.
But the ocean never gets full.
The streams return
to the place they came from.
8All things are tiresome.
They are more tiresome than anyone can say.
But our eyes never see enough of anything.
Our ears never hear enough.
9Everything that has ever been will come back again.
Everything that has ever been done will be done again.
Nothing is new on earth.
10There 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.
11No 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
12I, the Teacher, was king over Israel in Jerusalem. 13I 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! 14I’ve seen what is done on this earth. All of it is meaningless. It’s like chasing the wind.
15People can’t straighten things that are crooked.
They can’t count things that don’t even exist.
16I 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.” 17Then 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.
18A lot of human wisdom leads to a lot of sorrow.
More knowledge only brings more sadness.
1Mawu a Mlaliki, mwana wa Davide, mfumu ya ku Yerusalemu:
3Kodi munthu amapindulanji pa ntchito zake zonse
zimene amasautsidwa nazo pansi pano?
4Mibado imabwera ndipo mibado imapita,
koma dziko lapansi limakhalapobe nthawi zonse.
5Dzuwa limatuluka ndipo dzuwa limalowa
ndipo limapita mwamsanga kumene limatulukira.
6Mphepo imawombera cha kummwera
ndi kukhotera cha kumpoto;
kumangobwererabwerera komwe yachokera.
7Mitsinje yonse imakathira ku nyanja,
koma nyanjayo sidzaza;
kumene madziwo amachokera,
8Zinthu zonse ndi zotopetsa,
kutopetsa kwake ndi kosaneneka.
Maso satopa ndi kuona
kapena khutu kukwaniritsidwa ndi kumva.
9Zomwe zinalipo kale zidzakhalaponso,
zomwe zinachitika kale zidzachitikanso.
Ndiye kuti chatsopano palibiretu pansi pano.
10Kodi chilipo chinthu chimene wina anganene kuti,
“Taona! Ichi ndiye chatsopano?”
Chinalipo kale, kalekale;
chinalipo ife kulibe.
11Anthu akale sakumbukiridwa,
ngakhale amene adzabwera mʼtsogolomu
sadzakumbukiridwa ndi iwo
amene adzabwere pambuyo pawo.
12Ine, Mlalikine, ndinali mfumu ya Israeli mu Yerusalemu. 13Ndinayika mtima wanga pophunzira ndi kufunafuna mwa nzeru zinthu zonse zimene zimachitika pansi pa thambo. Ndi ntchito yolemetsa ndithu imene Mulungu anayipereka kwa anthu! 14Ine ndaona zinthu zonse zochitika pansi pano; zinthu zonsezo ndi zopandapake, nʼkungodzivuta chabe.
15Chinthu chokhota sichingathe kuwongoledwa;
chimene palibe sichingathe kuwerengedwa.
16Ine ndinaganiza mu mtima mwanga, “Taona, ine ndakula ndi kukhala wa nzeru zochuluka kupambana aliyense amene analamulirapo Yerusalemu ndisanabadwe; ndaphunzira nzeru zochuluka ndi luntha.” 17Ndipo ndinadzipereka kuti ndithe kumvetsa kuti nzeru nʼchiyani, misala nʼchiyani, uchitsiru nʼchiyani, koma ndinazindikira ichi, kuti kuteronso nʼkungodzivuta chabe.
18Pakuti nzeru zochuluka zimabweretsa chisoni chochulukanso:
chidziwitso chochuluka, zowawa zochulukanso.