New International Reader's Version

Ecclesiastes 1:1-18

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.

Bíbélì Mímọ́ Yorùbá Òde Òn

Oniwaasu 1:1-18

Asán ni ohun ayé

1Ọ̀rọ̀ Oniwaasu, ọmọ Dafidi, ọba Jerusalẹmu:

2“Asán inú asán!”

oníwàásù náà wí pé,

“Asán inú asán!

Gbogbo rẹ̀ asán ni.”

3Kí ni ènìyàn rí jẹ ní èrè lórí gbogbo iṣẹ́ rẹ̀,

lórí èyí tí ó ń ṣe wàhálà sí lábẹ́ oòrùn?

4Bí ìran kan ti wá ni ìran mìíràn ń kọjá lọ,

síbẹ̀ ayé dúró títí láé.

5Oòrùn ń ràn, oòrùn sì ń wọ̀,

ó sì sáré padà sí ibi tí ó ti yọ.

6Afẹ́fẹ́ ń fẹ́ lọ sí ìhà gúúsù,

Ó sì ń fẹ́ yípo sí ìhà àríwá,

a sì tún padà sí ọ̀nà rẹ̀.

7Gbogbo odò ń sàn sí inú Òkun,

síbẹ̀síbẹ̀ Òkun kò kún.

Níbi tí àwọn odò ti wá,

níbẹ̀ ni wọ́n tún padà sí.

8Ohun gbogbo ni ó ń mú àárẹ̀ wá,

ju èyí tí ẹnu le è sọ.

Ojú kò tí ì rí ìrírí tí ó tẹ́ ẹ lọ́rùn,

bẹ́ẹ̀ ni, etí kò tí ì kún fún gbígbọ́.

9Ohun tí ó ti wà tẹ́lẹ̀ náà ni yóò sì máa wà, ohun tí a ti ṣe sẹ́yìn

òun ni a ó tún máa ṣe padà

kò sí ohun tuntun lábẹ́ oòrùn.

10Ǹjẹ́ ohun kan wà tí ẹnìkan le è sọ wí pé,

“Wò ó! Ohun tuntun ni èyí”?

Ó ti wà tẹ́lẹ̀ rí ní ọjọ́ tó ti pẹ́,

o ti wà ṣáájú tiwa.

11Kò sí ìrántí ohun ìṣáájú

bẹ́ẹ̀ ni ìrántí kì yóò sí fún

ohun ìkẹyìn tí ń bọ̀

lọ́dọ̀ àwọn tí ń bọ̀ ní ìgbà ìkẹyìn.

Asán ni ọgbọ́n ènìyàn

12Èmi, Oniwaasu ti jẹ ọba lórí Israẹli ní Jerusalẹmu rí. 13Mo fi àsìkò mi sílẹ̀ láti kọ́ àti láti ṣe àwárí pẹ̀lú ọgbọ́n, gbogbo ohun tí ó ń ṣẹlẹ̀ lábẹ́ ọ̀run. Háà! Ẹrù wúwo tí Ọlọ́run ti gbé lé àwọn ènìyàn: 14Èmi ti rí ohun gbogbo tí ó ń ṣẹlẹ̀ lábẹ́ oòrùn, gbogbo rẹ̀ kò ní ìtumọ̀ bí ẹní gbìyànjú àti mú afẹ́fẹ́ ni.

15Ohun tí ó ti wọ́ kò le è ṣe é tọ́ mọ́,

ohun tí kò sí kò le è ṣe é kà.

16Mo rò nínú ara mi, “Wò ó, mo ti dàgbà, ọgbọ́n mi sì ti pọ̀ ju ti ẹnikẹ́ni tí ó ti ṣe alákòóso Jerusalẹmu síwájú mi lọ, mo ti ní ìrírí púpọ̀ nípa ọgbọ́n àti ìmọ̀.” 17Nígbà náà ni mo fi ara jì láti ní ìmọ̀ nípa ọgbọ́n, àti pàápàá àìgbọ́n àti òmùgọ̀, ṣùgbọ́n mo rí, wí pé èyí pẹ̀lú bí ẹni ń gbìyànjú àti mú afẹ́fẹ́ ni.

18Nítorí pé ọgbọ́n púpọ̀ ìbànújẹ́ púpọ̀ ní ń mú wá,

bí ìmọ̀ bá sì ṣe pọ̀ tó náà ni ìbànújẹ́ ń pọ̀ tó.