New International Version - UK

Ecclesiastes 1

Everything is meaningless

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

‘Meaningless! Meaningless!’
    says the Teacher.
‘Utterly meaningless!
    Everything is meaningless.’

What do people gain from all their labours
    at which they toil under the sun?
Generations come and generations go,
    but the earth remains for ever.
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

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

传道书 1

万事虚空

1以下是在耶路撒冷做王的大卫之子——传道者的话。

传道者说:虚空的虚空,
虚空的虚空,一切都是虚空。
人在日光之下的一切劳碌有什么益处呢?
一代过去,一代又来,
大地却永远长存。
太阳升起,太阳落下,
匆忙回到升起之地。
风吹向南,又转向北,
循环不息,周而复始。
江河涌流入海,海却不会满溢;
江河从何处流出,又返回何处。
万事令人厌烦,人述说不尽。
眼看,看不饱;
耳听,听不够。
以往发生的事,将来还会发生;
先前做过的事,将来也必再做。
日光之下,根本没有新事。
10 人可以指着哪件事说:
“看啊,这是新事”?
所谓的新事在我们以前早就有了。
11 过去的事无人记得,
将来的事后人也不记得。

智慧之虚空

12 我传道者曾在耶路撒冷做以色列的王。 13 我专心用智慧去研究、探索天下各样的事,发现上帝给世人的是极重的苦工。 14 我观察一切日光之下所做的事,看啊,都是虚空,好像捕风。 15 弯曲的不能变直,缺少的无法补足[a] 16 我心里想:“我获得极大的智慧,远超过以前统治耶路撒冷的人。我拥有丰富的智慧和知识。” 17 我又专心察明智慧和知识、狂妄和愚昧,却发现这也是捕风。 18 因为智慧越高,愁烦越多;知识越多,痛苦越深。

Notas al pie

  1. 1:15 补足”希伯来文是“数算”。