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Ecclesiastes 1:4

    Ecclesiastes 1:4 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh: but the earth abideth for ever.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    One generation passes away, and another generation comes: but the earth stays for ever.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    One generation goeth, and another generation cometh; but the earth abideth for ever.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    One generation goes and another comes; but the earth is for ever.

    Webster's Revision

    One generation goeth, and another generation cometh; but the earth abideth for ever.

    World English Bible

    One generation goes, and another generation comes; but the earth remains forever.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    One generation goeth, and another generation cometh; and the earth abideth for ever.

    Clarke's Commentary on Ecclesiastes 1:4

    One generation passeth away - Men succeed each other in unceasing generations: but the earth is still the same; it undergoes no change that leads to melioration, or greater perfection. And it will continue the same לעולם leolam, during the whole course of time; till the end of all things arrives.

    Barnes' Notes on Ecclesiastes 1:4

    Vanity is shown in mankind, the elements, and all that moves on earth; the same course is repeated again and again without any permanent result or real progress; and events and people alike are forgotten.

    Abideth - The apparent permanence of the earth increases by contrast the transitory condition of its inhabitants.

    Ever - The word does not here absolutely signify "eternity" (compare Ecclesiastes 3:11 note), but a certainly short period (compare Exodus 21:6): here it might be paraphrased "as long as this world, this present order of things, lasts."

    Wesley's Notes on Ecclesiastes 1:4

    1:4 Passeth - Men continue but for one, and that a short age, and then they leave all their possessions, and therefore they cannot be happy here, because happiness must needs be unchangeable and eternal; or else the certain knowledge of the approaching loss of all these things will rob a man of solid contentment in them. Abideth - Through all successive generations of men; and therefore man is more mutable than the very earth upon which he stands, and which, together with all the comforts which he enjoyed in it, he leaves behind to be possessed by others.