CLV(i) 1 The words of the Assembler, son of David, king in Jerusalem:" 2 Vanity of vanities, says the Assembler; Vanity of vanities, the whole is vanity." 3 What advantage has a human in all his toil Which he toils under the sun? 4 One generation goes, and another generation comes, Yet the earth is standing for the eon." 5 The sun rises, and the sun sets And gasps back to its place, That it may radiate there once more." 6 Going to the south and turning around to the north, Around and around the wind is going, Yet on its courses the wind returns." 7 All the watercourses are flowing to the sea, Yet there is no filling of the sea; To the place from which the watercourses are flowing, There they return to go forth again." 8 All the words are weary; A man cannot utter it. The eye is not satisfied with seeing, Nor is the ear filled with hearing." 9 What occurred once, it shall occur again, And what was done, it shall be done again. There is nothing at all new under the sun." 10 Is there anything of which one may say:See this, it is new? It has already occurred In eons that were before us? 11 There is no remembrance of former generations, And also for those who shall come after us, A remembrance of them shall not continue With those who shall come afterward." 12 I myself, the Assembler, came to be king over Israel in Jerusalem." 13 I applied my heart to inquiring and exploring by wisdom concerning all that is done under the heavens:it is an experience of evil Elohim has given to the sons of humanity to humble them by it. 14 I saw all the deeds that are done under the sun, And behold, the whole is vanity and a grazing on wind." 15 What is distorted cannot be set in order, And what is lacking cannot be counted." 16 I spoke with my heart, saying, Behold, I have grown great and have added in wisdom Over all who were before me in Jerusalem; My heart has seen much of wisdom and knowledge." 17 Then I applied my heart to know wisdom, As well as to know about raving and frivolity; I realize that even this, it is a grazing on wind." 18 For in much wisdom is much vexation, And he who adds knowledge adds pain."