Ecclesiastes 1

9.  The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done:
and there is no new thing under the sun.
10.  Is there any thing whereof it may be said, See, this is new? it hath been already of old time, which
was before us.
11.  There is no remembrance of former things; neither shall there be any remembrance of things that are
to come with those that shall come after.
12.  I the Preacher was king over Israel in Jerusalem.
13.  And I gave my heart to seek and search out by wisdom concerning all things that are done under
heaven: this sore travail hath God given to the sons of man to be exercised therewith.
14.  I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and, behold, all is vanity and vexation of spirit.
A Trip to Remember

With knowledge comes sorrow

Ecclesiastes 12

1.  Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw
nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them;
2.  While the sun, or the light, or the moon, or the stars, be not darkened, nor the clouds return after the
3.  In the day when the keepers of the house shall tremble, and the strong men shall bow themselves, and
the grinders cease because they are few, and those that look out of the windows be darkened,
4.  And the doors shall be shut in the streets, when the sound of the grinding is low, and he shall rise up at
the voice of the bird, and all the daughters of musick shall be brought low;
5.  Also when they shall be afraid of that which is high, and fears shall be in the way, and the almond tree
shall flourish, and the grasshopper shall be a burden, and desire shall fail: because man goeth to his long
home, and the mourners go about the streets:
6.  Or ever the silver cord be loosed, or the golden bowl be broken, or the pitcher be broken at the
fountain, or the wheel broken at the cistern.
7.  Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.
8.  Vanity of vanities, saith the preacher; all is vanity.
9.  And moreover, because the preacher was wise, he still taught the people knowledge; yea, he gave
good heed, and sought out, and set in order many proverbs.
10.  The preacher sought to find out acceptable words: and that which was written was upright, even
words of truth.
11.  The words of the wise are as goads, and as nails fastened by the masters of assemblies, which are
given from one shepherd.
12.  And further, by these, my son, be admonished: of making many books there is no end; and much
study is a weariness of the flesh.
13.  Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is
the whole duty of man.
14.  For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good or whether
it be evil.