New Amharic Standard Version

መክብብ 1:1-18

ሁሉም ነገር ከንቱ ነው

1በኢየሩሳሌም የነገሠው፣ የዳዊት ልጅ፣ የሰባኪው ቃል1፥1 ወይም የጒባኤ መሪ፤ እንዲሁም በቍ 2 እና 12

2ሰባኪው፣

“ከንቱ፣ ከንቱ፣

የከንቱ ከንቱ፤

ሁሉም ነገር ከንቱ ነው” ይላል።

3ከፀሓይ በታች ከሚለፋበት ተግባር ሁሉ፣

ሰው ምን ትርፍ ያገኛል?

4ትውልድ ይሄዳል፤ ትውልድ ይመጣል፤

ምድር ግን ለዘላለም ጸንታ ትኖራለች።

5ፀሓይ ትወጣለች፤ ትጠልቃለችም፤

ወደምትወጣበትም ለመመለስ ትጣደፋለች።

6ነፋስ ወደ ደቡብ ይነፍሳል፤

ወደ ሰሜንም ይመለሳል፤

ዞሮ ዞሮ ይሄዳል፤

ዘወትርም ወደ ዑደቱ ይመለሳል።

7ወንዞች ሁሉ ወደ ባሕር ይፈሳሉ፤

ባሕሩ ግን ፈጽሞ አይሞላም፤

ወንዞች ወደ መጡበት ስፍራ፣

ወደዚያ እንደ ገና ይመለሳሉ።

8ሰው መናገር ከሚችለው በላይ፣

ነገሮች ሁሉ አድካሚ ናቸው፤

ዐይን ከማየት አይጠግብም፤

ጆሮም በመስማት አይሞላም።

9የነበረው ነገር እንደ ገና ይሆናል፤

የተደረገውም ተመልሶ ይደረጋል፤

ከፀሓይ በታች ምንም አዲስ ነገር የለም።

10ማንም፣ “እነሆ፤ ይህ አዲስ ነገር ነው!”

ሊል የሚችለው አንዳች ነገር አለን?

ቀድሞውኑ በዚሁ የነበረ ነው፤

ከእኛ በፊት የሆነ ነው።

11የቀድሞ ነገሮች መታሰቢያ የላቸውም፤

ወደ ፊት የሚመጡትም ቢሆኑ፣

ከእነርሱ በኋላ በሚተኩት፣ አይታወሱም።

ጥበብ ከንቱ ነው

12እኔ ሰባኪው፣ በኢየሩሳሌም የእስራኤል ንጉሥ ነበርሁ። 13ከሰማይ በታች የተደረገውን ሁሉ በጥበብ ለማጥናትና ለመመርመር ራሴን አተጋሁ፤ አምላክ በሰዎች ላይ የጫነው እንዴት ያለ ከባድ ሸክም ነው! 14ከፀሓይ በታች የተደረገውን ነገር ሁሉ አየሁ፤ ሁሉም ከንቱ፣ ነፋስንም እንደ መከተል ነው።

15የተጣመመው ሊቃና አይችልም፤

የሌለም ነገር ሊቈጠር አይችልም።

16እኔም በልቤ፣ “እነሆ፤ ከእኔ በፊት በኢየሩሳሌም ከገዙት ከማንኛቸውም ይልቅ ታላቅ ሆኛለሁ፤ ጥበብም በዝቶልኛል፤ በብዙ ጥበብና ዕውቀት ተመክሮም ዐልፌአለሁ” አልሁ። 17ከዚያም የጥበብንና የእብደትን፣ የሞኝነትንም ነገር ለመገንዘብ ራሴን አተጋሁ፤ ይህም ነፋስን እንደ መከተል መሆኑን ተረዳሁ።

18ጥበብ ሲበዛ፣ ትካዜ ይበዛልና፤

ዕውቀት ሲጨምርም ሐዘን ይበዛል።

New International Version – UK

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 of Jerusalem:

2‘Meaningless! Meaningless!’

says the Teacher.

‘Utterly meaningless!

Everything is meaningless.’

3What do people gain from all their labours

at which they toil under the sun?

4Generations come and generations go,

but the earth remains for ever.

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.