Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered outside the gate.  Therefore, let us go forth to him outside the camp, bearing his reproach.  For we have no continuing city here, but we seek one to come.

 
 
 

Going to Jesus

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Ecclesiastes

Chapter 1

1. The words of the preacher, the son of David, King in Jerusalem.

2. Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher. Vanity of vanities! The whole thing is vanity!

3. What benefit to a man is all his work which he does under the sun?

4. Generations come and generations go, but the earth lasts forever.

5. The sun also rises, and the sun sets, and then it hastens to where it rises.

6. The wind goes toward the south, and then around to the north, continually going round and round until the wind returns according its circuits.

7. All the rivers go to the sea, but the sea is not full. Then, to the place to which the rivers go, there do they return to go.

8. All these things are wearisome; man cannot express it. The eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor is the ear filled with hearing.

9. Whatever has been, the same will be, and whatever has been done, the same will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun.

10. There is a thing of which it is said, “Look! This is new.” It has already been in the ages that were before us.

11. There is no memory of former things. Also, of the things which will follow, there will be no memory among those who come afterward.

12. I, the Preacher, was King over Israel in Jerusalem,

13.and I applied my heart to seek out and to examine with wisdom all that is done under the sun, this evil task that God has given to the sons of man to be occupied with.

14. I have seen all the works that are done under the sun, and behold, all is vanity and chasing wind.

15. A crooked thing cannot be made straight, and what is lacking cannot be counted.

16. I spoke with my heart, saying, “Behold, I have become great, and I have surpassed the wisdom of all who were before me over Jerusalem, and my heart has seen great wisdom and knowledge.

17. And when I applied my heart to know wisdom and knowledge, and to understand madness and foolishness, I perceived that this, too, was chasing wind.

18. Indeed, in much wisdom is much frustration, and he who increases knowledge increases pain.

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1. I said to my heart, “Come now, I will prove you with pleasure; enjoy yourself!” But, behold, this also was wearisome.

2. Of laughter, I said, “It is maddening,” and of pleasure, “What does it accomplish?”

3. I sought wholeheartedly to please my flesh with wine — but my heart wisely guiding — and I took up foolishness, perchance to discover that there is good in this for the children of men, whose labor under heaven, their days numbered.

4. I made me great works; I built houses for myself; I planted vineyard for myself;

5.I made myself gardens and parks, and planed in them all manner of fruit trees;

6.I made for myself pools of water, from them to water a forest of saplings.

7.I bought male slaves and female slaves, and I had servants born in my house [same Hebrew verb use in following. sentence.]. Moreover, I had a greater possession of herds and flocks than all who were before me in Jerusalem.

8. I collected both silver and gold for myself, even treasure from kings and the provinces. I acquired singers, men and women, for myself, and other things which delight the sons of men, the best of the best.

9. And I became great, surpassing everyone who was before me in Jerusalem; still, my wisdom remained in me.

10. And nothing my eyes desired did I keep from them, nor my heart from any pleasure, for my heart rejoiced in all my labor, and that is what I got from all my labor.

11. And I turned to all my works which my hands had made, and to the labor which I had extended to do it, and, behold, all was vanity and a pursuit of the chasing wind, for there is no profit under the sun.

12. And then I turned to consider wisdom, and madness and foolishness. For what can the man do who will come after the king, but those things which have already been done?

13. Then I saw that there is more profit in wisdom than in foolishness, just as there is more profit in light than in darkness.

14. The wise man’s eyes are in his head, but the fool walks in darkness, and yet, I perceived that the same fate befalls them all.

15. And I said in my heart, “The fate of the fool is also going to come upon me. Why, then, am I more [or, “so”] wise?” Then I said in my heart, “This also is vanity.”

16. For there is no lasting memory of the wise man as well as the fool; in the days to come, what has been will all be forgotten. And how does there wise man die? Just like the fool.

17. Therefore, I hated this life, for what is done under the sun was bad to me. Truly, the whole thing is vanity and chasing wind.

18. Therefore, I hated all my labor which I had done under heaven, which I will leave to the man who will come after me.

19. And who knows if he will be a wise man or a fool? Yet, he will become master over all my labor which I have done and by which I shown myself wise under heaven. This, too, is vanity.

20. And so I changed, and I made my heart despair over all the labor which I had done under the sun.

21. For there is a man whose labor is in wisdom and knowledge, and in skill, but to a man who has not labored on it will he leave it as his portion. This also is vanity, and a great evil.

22. For what does a man have of all his labor and his heart’s chasing, which he done under the son?

23. For all his days are sorrow, and his work a vexation. Even in the night, his heart does not rest. This also is the same vanity.

24. There is no good in the man who eats and drinks, and whose soul finds good in his toil. This I saw, that it is from the hand of God.

25. For who can eat, or who can have enjoyment more than I?

26. For to the man who is good before Him, He gives wisdom and knowledge and happiness, but to the sinner, He gives the task of gathering and collecting for the one who is good before God. This also is vanity and chasing wind.

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1. For everything, there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven.

2.A time to give birth, and a time to die.

A time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted.

3.A time to kill, and a time to heal.

A time to tear apart, and a time to build.

4.A time to weep, and a time to laugh.

A time to mourn, and a time to dance.

5.A time to cast stones away, and a time to gather stones together.

A time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing.

6.A time to gain,[1] and a time to lose.

A time to keep, and a time to throw away.

7.A time to rend, and a time to sew.

A time to be silent, and a time to speak.

8.A time to love, and a time to hate.

A time for war , and a time for peace.

9. What profit has the the worker in his labor?

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13. The conclusion of the matter, when all has been heard, is this: fear God and keep His commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.

14. For God will bring every deed into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good or evil.


Footnotes

[1] or, “seek to acquire”

[2] or, “age”.

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