New International Version

Ecclesiastes 1:1-18

Everything Is Meaningless

1The words of the Teacher,1:1 Or the leader of the assembly; also in verses 2 and 12 son of David, king in Jerusalem:

2“Meaningless! Meaningless!”

says the Teacher.

“Utterly meaningless!

Everything is meaningless.”

3What do people gain from all their labors

at which they toil under the sun?

4Generations come and generations go,

but the earth remains forever.

5The sun rises and the sun sets,

and hurries back to where it rises.

6The wind blows to the south

and turns to the north;

round and round it goes,

ever returning on its course.

7All streams flow into the sea,

yet the sea is never full.

To the place the streams come from,

there they return again.

8All things are wearisome,

more than one can say.

The eye never has enough of seeing,

nor the ear its fill of hearing.

9What has been will be again,

what has been done will be done again;

there is nothing new under the sun.

10Is there anything of which one can say,

“Look! This is something new”?

It was here already, long ago;

it was here before our time.

11No one remembers the former generations,

and even those yet to come

will not be remembered

by those who follow them.

Wisdom Is Meaningless

12I, the Teacher, was king over Israel in Jerusalem. 13I 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! 14I have seen all the things that are done under the sun; all of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind.

15What is crooked cannot be straightened;

what is lacking cannot be counted.

16I 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.” 17Then 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.

18For with much wisdom comes much sorrow;

the more knowledge, the more grief.

Kiswahili Contemporary Version (Neno: Bibilia Takatifu)

Mhubiri 1:1-18

Kila Kitu Ni Ubatili Mtupu

11:1 Mhu 7:27; 12:10Maneno ya Mhubiri, mwana wa Daudi, mfalme huko Yerusalemu:

21:2 Za 39:5-6; 62:9; Rum 8:20-21; Mhu 4:4-6; 12:8“Ubatili mtupu! Ubatili mtupu!”

Mhubiri anasema.

“Ubatili mtupu!

Kila kitu ni ubatili.”

31:3 Mhu 3:9; 5:15-16; 2:11-22Mwanadamu anafaidi nini kutokana na kazi yake yote

anayotaabikia chini ya jua?

41:4 2Pet 3:10; Za 104:5; Ay 8:19Vizazi huja na vizazi hupita,

lakini dunia inadumu milele.

51:5 Za 19:5-6Jua huchomoza na jua huzama,

nalo huharakisha kurudi mawioni.

6Upepo huvuma kuelekea kusini

na kugeukia kaskazini,

hurudia mzunguko huo huo,

daima ukirudia njia yake.

71:7 Ay 36:28; 38:10Mito yote hutiririka baharini,

hata hivyo bahari kamwe haijai.

Mahali mito inapotoka,

huko hurudi tena.

81:8 Mhu 3:1; Mit 27:20Vitu vyote vinachosha,

zaidi kuliko mtu anavyoweza kusema.

Jicho kamwe halitosheki kutazama,

wala sikio halishibi kusikia.

91:9 Mwa 8:22; Mhu 3:15; 2:12Kile kilichokuwepo kitakuwepo tena,

kile kilichofanyika kitafanyika tena,

hakuna kilicho kipya chini ya jua.

10Kuna kitu chochote ambacho mtu anaweza kusema,

“Tazama! Kitu hiki ni kipya”?

Kilikuwepo tangu zamani za kale,

kilikuwepo kabla ya wakati wetu.

111:11 Mhu 8:10; 9:5, 15; 2:16; Za 88:12; Mwa 40:23Hakuna kumbukumbu ya watu wa zamani,

hata na wale ambao hawajaja bado

hawatakumbukwa

na wale watakaofuata baadaye.

Hekima Ni Ubatili

12Mimi, Mhubiri, nilikuwa mfalme wa Israeli katika Yerusalemu. 131:13 Mwa 3:17-19; Mhu 3:10; Ay 28:3Nilitumia muda wangu wote kujifunza na kuvumbua kwa hekima yote yanayofanyika chini ya mbingu. Jinsi gani Mungu ameweka mzigo mzito juu ya wanadamu! 141:14 Mhu 2:11; 4:4; 6:9Nimeshaona mambo yote yanayotendeka chini ya jua, hayo yote ni ubatili, hii ni kukimbiza upepo.

151:15 Mhu 7:13Kilichopindika hakiwezi kunyooshwa,

kile ambacho hakipo haiwezekani kukihesabu.

161:16 1Fal 3:12; 4:30; Mhu 2:9Niliwaza mwenyewe, “Tazama, nimekua na kuongezeka katika hekima kuliko yeyote aliyewahi kutawala Yerusalemu kabla yangu. Nimekuwa na uzoefu mkubwa wa hekima na maarifa.” 171:17 1The 5:21; Mhu 7:23, 25; 2:3, 12; 8:16Ndipo nilipojitahidi kufahamu kutofautisha hekima, wazimu na upumbavu, lakini nikatambua hata hili nalo ni kukimbiza upepo.

181:18 Mhu 2:23; 12:12; 7:16; Ay 28:28; Yer 45:3Kwa kuwa hekima nyingi huleta huzuni kubwa;

maarifa yanapoongezeka, masikitiko yanaongezeka.