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Ecclesiastes 1:2-4 New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

Vanity of vanities,[a] says Qoheleth,
    vanity of vanities! All things are vanity!

Vanity of Human Toil

What profit have we from all the toil
    which we toil at under the sun?[b]
One generation departs and another generation comes,
    but the world forever stays.


  1. 1:2 Vanity of vanities: a Hebrew superlative expressing the supreme degree of futility and emptiness.
  2. 1:3 Under the sun: used throughout this book to signify “on the earth.”
New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

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