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Ecclesiastes 1:1-2

All Is Vanity

1The words of the Preacher,1 the son of David, king in Jerusalem.

2Vanity2 of vanities, says the Preacher,

vanity of vanities! All is vanity.

Footnotes

  • 1 1:1 Or Convener, or Collector; Hebrew Qoheleth (so throughout Ecclesiastes)
  • 2 1:2 The Hebrew term hebel, translated vanity or vain, refers concretely to a “mist,” “vapor,” or “mere breath,” and metaphorically to something that is fleeting or elusive (with different nuances depending on the context). It appears five times in this verse and in 29 other verses in Ecclesiastes