1The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem. 2Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity. 3What profit hath a man of all his labour which he taketh under the sun?
4One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh: but the earth abideth for ever. 5The sun also ariseth, and the sun goeth down, and hasteth to his place where he arose.1.5 hasteth: Heb. panteth 6The wind goeth toward the south, and turneth about unto the north; it whirleth about continually, and the wind returneth again according to his circuits. 7All the rivers run into the sea; yet the sea is not full; unto the place from whence the rivers come, thither they return again.1.7 return…: Heb. return to go 8All things are full of labour; man cannot utter it: the eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing.
9The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun. 10Is there any thing whereof it may be said, See, this is new? it hath been already of old time, which was before us. 11There is no remembrance of former things; neither shall there be any remembrance of things that are to come with those that shall come after.
12¶ I the Preacher was king over Israel in Jerusalem. 13And I gave my heart to seek and search out by wisdom concerning all things that are done under heaven: this sore travail hath God given to the sons of man to be exercised therewith.1.13 to be…: or, to afflict them 14I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and, behold, all is vanity and vexation of spirit. 15That which is crooked cannot be made straight: and that which is wanting cannot be numbered.1.15 that which is wanting: Heb. defect 16I communed with mine own heart, saying, Lo, I am come to great estate, and have gotten more wisdom than all they that have been before me in Jerusalem: yea, my heart had great experience of wisdom and knowledge.1.16 had…: Heb. had seen much 17And I gave my heart to know wisdom, and to know madness and folly: I perceived that this also is vexation of spirit. 18For in much wisdom is much grief: and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow.
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.