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:
says the Teacher.
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.
1Mawu a Mlaliki, mwana wa Davide, mfumu ya ku Yerusalemu:
3Kodi munthu amapindulanji pa ntchito zake zonse
zimene amasautsidwa nazo pansi pano?
4Mibado imabwera ndipo mibado imapita,
koma dziko lapansi limakhalapobe nthawi zonse.
5Dzuwa limatuluka ndipo dzuwa limalowa
ndipo limapita mwamsanga kumene limatulukira.
6Mphepo imawombera cha kummwera
ndi kukhotera cha kumpoto;
kumangobwererabwerera komwe yachokera.
7Mitsinje yonse imakathira ku nyanja,
koma nyanjayo sidzaza;
kumene madziwo amachokera,
8Zinthu zonse ndi zotopetsa,
kutopetsa kwake ndi kosaneneka.
Maso satopa ndi kuona
kapena khutu kukwaniritsidwa ndi kumva.
9Zomwe zinalipo kale zidzakhalaponso,
zomwe zinachitika kale zidzachitikanso.
Ndiye kuti chatsopano palibiretu pansi pano.
10Kodi chilipo chinthu chimene wina anganene kuti,
“Taona! Ichi ndiye chatsopano?”
Chinalipo kale, kalekale;
chinalipo ife kulibe.
11Anthu akale sakumbukiridwa,
ngakhale amene adzabwera mʼtsogolomu
sadzakumbukiridwa ndi iwo
amene adzabwere pambuyo pawo.
12Ine, Mlalikine, ndinali mfumu ya Israeli mu Yerusalemu. 13Ndinayika mtima wanga pophunzira ndi kufunafuna mwa nzeru zinthu zonse zimene zimachitika pansi pa thambo. Ndi ntchito yolemetsa ndithu imene Mulungu anayipereka kwa anthu! 14Ine ndaona zinthu zonse zochitika pansi pano; zinthu zonsezo ndi zopandapake, nʼkungodzivuta chabe.
15Chinthu chokhota sichingathe kuwongoledwa;
chimene palibe sichingathe kuwerengedwa.
16Ine ndinaganiza mu mtima mwanga, “Taona, ine ndakula ndi kukhala wa nzeru zochuluka kupambana aliyense amene analamulirapo Yerusalemu ndisanabadwe; ndaphunzira nzeru zochuluka ndi luntha.” 17Ndipo ndinadzipereka kuti ndithe kumvetsa kuti nzeru nʼchiyani, misala nʼchiyani, uchitsiru nʼchiyani, koma ndinazindikira ichi, kuti kuteronso nʼkungodzivuta chabe.
18Pakuti nzeru zochuluka zimabweretsa chisoni chochulukanso:
chidziwitso chochuluka, zowawa zochulukanso.