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.

Holy Bible in Gĩkũyũ

Kohelethu 1:1-18

Maũndũ Mothe nĩ ma Tũhũ

11:1 Koh 1:12; Thim 1:1Ici nĩcio ciugo cia Mũrutani, mũrũ wa Daudi, ũrĩa warĩ mũthamaki kũu Jerusalemu:

21:2 Thab 39:5-6; Arom 8:20-21“Maũndũ mothe nĩ ma tũhũ! Ĩĩ nĩ ma tũhũ!”

Ũguo nĩguo Mũrutani ekuuga.

“Ti-itherũ nĩ ma tũhũ mũtheri!

Maũndũ mothe nĩ ma tũhũ.”

31:3 Koh 2:11, 22Mũndũ-rĩ, nĩ uumithio ũrĩkũ onaga harĩ wĩra

ũrĩa wothe arutaga gũkũ thĩ kwaraga riũa?

41:4 Ayub 8:19Rũciaro rũmwe rwathira-rĩ, nĩ rũngĩ rũũkaga,

no rĩrĩ, thĩ ĩtũũraga o ho nginya tene na tene.

51:5 Thab 19:5-6Riũa rĩrathaga na rĩgathũa,

ningĩ rĩgacooka na ihenya kũrĩa rĩrathagĩra.

6Rũhuho rũhurutanaga rwerekeire mwena wa gũthini,

na rũgacooka rũkeerekera mwena wa gathigathini;

rũthiiaga o rũgĩthiũrũrũkaga rũtegũtigithĩria,

o rũgĩcookaga njĩra-inĩ yaruo.

7Njũũĩ ciothe ciĩitagĩrĩra iria-inĩ,

no rĩrĩ, iria rĩtirĩ hĩndĩ rĩiyũraga.

O kũu njũũĩ ciumaga,

nokuo icookaga.

81:8 Thim 27:20Maũndũ mothe marehanagĩra mĩnoga

ĩrĩa ĩtangĩgweteka.

Riitho rĩtirĩ hĩndĩ rĩiganagia kuona,

o na kana gũtũ gũkaigania kũigua.

91:9 Koh 3:15Maũndũ marĩa maanakorwo kuo no mo macookaga gũkorwo kuo rĩngĩ,

naguo ũndũ ũrĩa waneekwo noguo ũcookaga ũgeekwo rĩngĩ;

gũtirĩ ũndũ ũtarĩ woneka gũkũ thĩ kwaraga riũa.

10Hihi nĩ harĩ ũndũ mũndũ angiuga atĩrĩ:

“Ta rora! Ũyũ nĩ ũndũ ũtarĩ wonekana”?

Ũndũ ũcio warĩ kuo hĩndĩ ndaaya hĩtũku;

warĩ kuo tũtarĩ twaciarwo.

111:11 Kĩam 40:23; Thab 88:12Andũ arĩa maarĩ kuo tene matiririkanagwo,

na o na arĩa matarĩ maraciarwo

matikaaririkanwo

nĩ arĩa magaaciarwo thuutha wao.

Ũũgĩ no wa Tũhũ

12Niĩ Mũrutani-rĩ, ndaarĩ mũthamaki wathamakagĩra Isiraeli kũu Jerusalemu. 131:13 Koh 3:10; Ayub 28:3Nĩnderutĩire na kĩyo kwĩruta, na gũtuĩria na ũũgĩ maũndũ mothe marĩa mekagwo gũkũ thĩ. Kaĩ Ngai nĩakuuithĩtie andũ mũrigo mũritũ-ĩ! 14Nĩndĩĩoneire maũndũ marĩa mothe mekagwo gũkũ thĩ kwaraga riũa; maũndũ mothe no ma tũhũ, na ũguo no ta gũtengʼeria rũhuho.

151:15 Koh 7:13Kĩndũ kĩrĩa kĩogomu gĩtingĩrũngĩka;

nakĩo kĩrĩa gĩtarĩ ho gĩtingĩtarwo.

161:16 1Ath 3:12Na niĩ ngĩĩciiria, ngiuga na ngoro yakwa atĩrĩ, “Ndĩ mũkũrũ na ngagĩa na ũũgĩ mũingĩ gũkĩra andũ arĩa othe manaathana Jerusalemu mbere yakwa; nĩmenyete maũndũ maingĩ makoniĩ ũũgĩ na ũmenyo.” 171:17 Koh 2:3, 12; 7:25Ningĩ nĩnderutire na ngoro yakwa kũmenya ũhoro wa ũũgĩ, o na kũmenya ũhoro wa ũgũrũki na wa ũrimũ, no ngĩmenya atĩ ũhoro ũcio, o naguo, no ta gũtengʼeria rũhuho.

181:18 Koh 12:12Nĩgũkorwo o ũrĩa ũũgĩ waingĩha, noguo ihooru rĩingĩhĩte;

na ũrĩa ũmenyo waingĩha, noguo kĩeha kĩingĩhĩte.