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Ecclesiastes 1:14

    Ecclesiastes 1:14 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and, behold, all is vanity and vexation of spirit.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and, behold, all is vanity and vexation of spirit.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and, behold, all is vanity and a striving after wind.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    I have seen all the works which are done under the sun; all is to no purpose, and desire for wind.

    Webster's Revision

    I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and, behold, all is vanity and a striving after wind.

    World English Bible

    I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and behold, all is vanity and a chasing after wind.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and, behold, all is vanity and a striving after wind.

    Clarke's Commentary on Ecclesiastes 1:14

    Behold, all is vanity - After all these discussions and experiments, when even the results have been the most successful, I have found only rational satisfaction; but not that supreme good by which alone the soul can be made happy.

    O curas hominum! O quantum est in rebus inane!

    "How anxious are our cares, and yet how vain

    The bent of our desires!"

    Pers. Sat. i., 5: 1.

    Barnes' Notes on Ecclesiastes 1:14

    Vexation of spirit - A phrase which occurs 7 times, and may be otherwise translated, "feeding on wind." Modern Hebrew grammarians assert that the word rendered "vexation" must be derived from a root signifying "to feed," "follow," "strive after." This being admitted, it remains to choose between two translations:

    (1) "striving after wind," or "windy effort;" adopted by the Septuagint and the majority of modern interpreters; or

    (2) feeding on wind. Compare Hosea 12:1 : and similar phrases in Proverbs 15:14; Isaiah 44:20; Psalm 37:3.