Vanity of vanities, said the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity.
Treasury of Scripture
Ecclesiastes 2:11,15,17,19,21,23,26 Then I looked on all the works that my hands had worked, and on the labor that I had labored to do: and, behold...
Ecclesiastes 3:19 For that which befalls the sons of men befalls beasts; even one thing befalls them: as the one dies, so dies the other; yes...
Ecclesiastes 4:4,8,16 Again, I considered all travail, and every right work, that for this a man is envied of his neighbor...
Ecclesiastes 5:10 He that loves silver shall not be satisfied with silver; nor he that loves abundance with increase: this is also vanity.
Ecclesiastes 6:11 Seeing there be many things that increase vanity, what is man the better?
Ecclesiastes 11:8,10 But if a man live many years, and rejoice in them all; yet let him remember the days of darkness; for they shall be many...
Ecclesiastes 12:8 Vanity of vanities, said the preacher; all is vanity.
Psalm 39:5,6 Behold, you have made my days as an handbreadth; and my age is as nothing before you...
Psalm 62:9,10 Surely men of low degree are vanity, and men of high degree are a lie: to be laid in the balance...
Psalm 144:4 Man is like to vanity: his days are as a shadow that passes away.
Romans 8:20 For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who has subjected the same in hope,
ContextPreceding Generations are Forgotten
1The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem. 2Vanity of vanities, said the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity. 3What profit has a man of all his labor which he takes under the sun? 4One generation passes away, and another generation comes: but the earth stays for ever. 5The sun also rises, and the sun goes down, and hastens to his place where he arose. 6The wind goes toward the south, and turns about to the north; it whirls about continually, and the wind returns again according to his circuits. 7All the rivers run into the sea; yet the sea is not full; to the place from where the rivers come, thither they return again. 8All things are full of labor; man cannot utter it: the eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing. 9The thing that has 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. 10Is there any thing whereof it may be said, See, this is new? it has been already of old time, which was before us. 11There is no remembrance of former things; neither shall there be any remembrance of things that are to come with those that shall come after.
Parallel VersesAmerican Standard Version
Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher; vanity of vanities, all is vanity.
Vanity of vanities, said Ecclesiastes vanity of vanities, and all is vanity.
Darby Bible Translation
Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities! all is vanity.
King James Bible
Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity.
Young's Literal Translation
Vanity of vanities, said the Preacher, Vanity of vanities: the whole is vanity.