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.
Obutaliimu bw’Amagezi g’Abantu
11:1 a nny 12; Mub 7:27; 12:10 b Nge 1:1Ebigambo by’Omubuulizi, mutabani wa Dawudi kabaka mu Yerusaalemi.
21:2 Zab 39:5-6; 62:9; 144:4; Mub 12:8; Bar 8:20-21“Obutaliimu! Obutaliimu!” bw’ayogera Omubuulizi.
31:3 Mub 2:11, 22; 3:9; 5:15-16Omuntu afuna ki mu byonna by’akola,
mu byonna ebimukooya wansi w’enjuba?
41:4 Zab 104:5; 119:90Omulembe ogumu gugenda, omulala ne gujja,
naye ensi ebeerera emirembe gyonna.
51:5 Zab 19:5-6Enjuba evaayo era n’egwa,
ate n’eyanguwa okutuuka mu kifo mw’eviirayo.
6Empewo ekunta ng’eraga obukiikaddyo,
ne yeetooloola okutuuka obukiikakkono;
empewo yeetooloola ne yeetooloola,
n’ekomerawo ku biwaawaatiro byayo.
71:7 Yob 36:28Emigga gyonna gikulukuta nga giraga mu nnyanja,
naye ennyanja tejjula;
ekifo emigga gye gikulukutira
era gye gyeyongera okukulukutira.
81:8 Nge 27:20Ebintu byonna bijjudde obukoowu
omuntu bw’atasobola kutenda!
Eriiso terimatira kulaba,
wadde okutu okukoowa okuwulira.
91:9 Mub 2:12; 3:15Ekyo ekyabaawo era kye kigenda okubaawo,
n’ekyo ekikoleddwa era kye kigenda okukolebwa;
era tewali kintu kiggya wansi w’enjuba.
10Waali wabaddewo ekintu ekyali kigambiddwa nti,
“Laba kino kiggya”?
mu mirembe egyatusooka?
111:11 Mub 2:16Tewali kujjukira bintu byasooka
era tewaliba kujjukira bintu ebyo ebitanabaawo mu ebyo ebijja oluvannyuma.
Amagezi Agatali ga Katonda Butaliimu
121:12 nny 1Nze Omubuulizi nali kabaka wa Isirayiri mu Yerusaalemi. 131:13 Lub 3:17; Mub 3:10Nagezaako n’omutima gwange okuyiga n’okwetegereza n’amagezi gange gonna mu ebyo ebikolebwa wansi w’eggulu; omulimu Katonda gwe yawa abaana b’abantu okukola, guteganya. 141:14 Mub 2:11, 17Ndabye ebintu byonna ebikolebwa wansi w’enjuba; era laba, byonna butaliimu na kugoberera mpewo.
151:15 Mub 7:13Ekyo ekyakyama tekisoboka kugololebwa,
161:16 1Bk 3:12; 4:30; Mub 2:9Nayogera munda yange nti, “Nfunye amagezi mangi agasinga ag’abo bonna abaali babadde mu Yerusaalemi, era nfunye amagezi n’okumanya kungi.” 171:17 a Mub 7:23 b Mub 2:3, 12; 7:25Era omutima gwange ne gumanya okwawula amagezi n’eddalu, n’obutategeera. Ne ntegeera nti na kino nakyo kugoberera mpewo.
181:18 Mub 2:23; 12:12Kubanga mu magezi amangi mujjiramu okunakuwala kungi;
amagezi gye gakoma obungi, n’okunakuwala gye gukoma.