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.

Tagalog Contemporary Bible

Mangangaral 1:1-18

Walang Kabuluhan ang Lahat

1Ito ang sinabi ng mangangaral1:1 mangangaral: o, guro; o, isang matalinong tao. na anak ni David na hari ng Jerusalem:

2Walang kabuluhan! Walang kabuluhan ang lahat! 3Ano ang pakinabang ng tao sa pagpapakahirap niyang magtrabaho sa mundong ito? 4Lumilipas ang isang henerasyon at napapalitan, pero ang mundo ay hindi nagbabago. 5Sumisikat ang araw at pagkatapos ay lumulubog; pabalik-balik lang sa kanyang pinanggalingan. 6Umiihip ang hangin sa timog at pagkatapos ay iihip naman sa hilaga. Paikot-ikot lang ito at pabalik-balik. 7Lahat ng ilog ay umaagos sa dagat, pero hindi naman napupuno ang dagat kahit na patuloy ang pag-agos ng ilog. 8Ang lahat ng itoʼy nakakabagot at ayaw na ngang pag-usapan. Hindi nagsasawa ang mga mata natin sa katitingin at ang mga tainga natin sa pakikinig. 9Ang mga nangyari noon, nangyayari ulit ngayon. Ang mga ginawa noon, ginagawa ulit ngayon. Walang nangyayaring bago sa mundo. 10May mga bagay pa ba na masasabi mong bago? Nariyan na iyan noon pa, kahit noong hindi pa tayo ipinapanganak. 11Hindi na natin naaalala ang mga nangyari noon; ganoon din sa hinaharap, hindi rin ito maaalala ng mga tao sa bandang huli.

Ang Karunungan ng Tao ay Walang Kabuluhan

12Ako na isang mangangaral ay naging hari ng Israel. Tumira ako sa Jerusalem. 13Sa aking karunungan, pinag-aralan kong mabuti ang lahat ng nangyayari rito sa mundo. At nakita kong napakahirap ng gawaing ibinigay ng Dios sa mga tao. 14Nakita kong walang kabuluhan ang lahat ng ginagawa ng tao rito sa mundo. Para kang humahabol sa hangin. 15Ang baluktot ay hindi mo maitutuwid at ang wala ay hindi mo maibibilang.

16Sinabi ko sa aking sarili, “Mas marunong ako kaysa sa lahat ng naging hari sa Jerusalem. Marami akong alam.” 17Pinag-aralan kong mabuti ang pagkakaiba ng karunungan at kamangmangan, pero nakita kong wala rin itong kabuluhan. Para kang humahabol sa hangin. 18Dahil habang nadadagdagan ang kaalaman ko, nadadagdagan din ang aking kalungkutan.