New International Version

Ecclesiastes 1

Everything Is Meaningless

1The words of the Teacher,[a] son of David, king in Jerusalem:

“Meaningless! Meaningless!”
    says the Teacher.
“Utterly meaningless!
    Everything is meaningless.”

What do people gain from all their labors
    at which they toil under the sun?
Generations come and generations go,
    but the earth remains forever.
The sun rises and the sun sets,
    and hurries back to where it rises.
The wind blows to the south
    and turns to the north;
round and round it goes,
    ever returning on its course.
All streams flow into the sea,
    yet the sea is never full.
To the place the streams come from,
    there they return again.
All things are wearisome,
    more than one can say.
The eye never has enough of seeing,
    nor the ear its fill of hearing.
What has been will be again,
    what has been done will be done again;
    there is nothing new under the sun.
10 Is there anything of which one can say,
    “Look! This is something new”?
It was here already, long ago;
    it was here before our time.
11 No one remembers the former generations,
    and even those yet to come
will not be remembered
    by those who follow them.

Wisdom Is Meaningless

12 I, the Teacher, was king over Israel in Jerusalem. 13 I applied my mind to study and to explore by wisdom all that is done under the heavens. What a heavy burden God has laid on mankind! 14 I have seen all the things that are done under the sun; all of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind.

15 What is crooked cannot be straightened;
    what is lacking cannot be counted.

16 I said to myself, “Look, I have increased in wisdom more than anyone who has ruled over Jerusalem before me; I have experienced much of wisdom and knowledge.” 17 Then I applied myself to the understanding of wisdom, and also of madness and folly, but I learned that this, too, is a chasing after the wind.

18 For with much wisdom comes much sorrow;
    the more knowledge, the more grief.

Notas al pie

  1. Ecclesiastes 1:1 Or the leader of the assembly; also in verses 2 and 12

Endagaano Enkadde nʼEndagaano Empya

Omubuulizi 1

Obutaliimu bw’Amagezi g’Abantu

1Ebigambo by’Omubuulizi, mutabani wa Dawudi kabaka mu Yerusaalemi.

“Obutaliimu! Obutaliimu!” bw’ayogera Omubuulizi.
    Byonna butaliimu.

Omuntu afuna ki mu byonna by’akola,
    mu byonna ebimukooya wansi w’enjuba?
Omulembe ogumu gugenda, omulala ne gujja,
    naye ensi ebeerera emirembe gyonna.
Enjuba evaayo era n’egwa,
    ate n’eyanguwa okutuuka mu kifo mw’eviirayo.
Empewo ekunta ng’eraga obukiikaddyo,
    ne yeetooloola okutuuka obukiikakkono;
empewo yeetooloola ne yeetooloola,
    n’ekomerawo ku biwaawaatiro byayo.
Emigga gyonna gikulukuta nga giraga mu nnyanja,
    naye ennyanja tejjula;
ekifo emigga gye gikulukutira
    era gye gyeyongera okukulukutira.
Ebintu byonna bijjudde obukoowu
    omuntu bw’atasobola kutenda!
Eriiso terimatira kulaba,
    wadde okutu okukoowa okuwulira.
Ekyo ekyabaawo era kye kigenda okubaawo,
    n’ekyo ekikoleddwa era kye kigenda okukolebwa;
    era tewali kintu kiggya wansi w’enjuba.
10 Waali wabaddewo ekintu ekyali kigambiddwa nti,
    “Laba kino kiggya”?
Kyaliwo dda
    mu mirembe egyatusooka?
11 Tewali kujjukira bintu byasooka
    era tewaliba kujjukira bintu ebyo ebitanabaawo mu ebyo ebijja oluvannyuma.

Amagezi Agatali ga Katonda Butaliimu

12 Nze Omubuulizi nali kabaka wa Isirayiri mu Yerusaalemi. 13 Nagezaako 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. 14 Ndabye ebintu byonna ebikolebwa wansi w’enjuba; era laba, byonna butaliimu na kugoberera mpewo.

15 Ekyo ekyakyama tekisoboka kugololebwa,
    n’ekibulako tekibalibwa.

16 Nayogera munda yange nti, “Nfunye amagezi mangi agasinga ag’abo bonna abaali babadde mu Yerusaalemi, era nfunye amagezi n’okumanya kungi.” 17 Era omutima gwange ne gumanya okwawula amagezi n’eddalu, n’obutategeera. Ne ntegeera nti na kino nakyo kugoberera mpewo.

18 Kubanga mu magezi amangi mujjiramu okunakuwala kungi;
    amagezi gye gakoma obungi, n’okunakuwala gye gukoma.