“Is Life a Dead-End Street” Series – Grand Story


Ecclesiastes 1:1-12 NIV

  1. 1  The words of the Teacher, son of David, king in Jerusalem:
  2. 2  “Meaningless! Meaningless!” says the Teacher. “Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless.”
  3. 3  What does man gain from all his labor at which he toils under the sun?
  4. 4  Generations come and generations go, but the earth remains forever.
  5. 5  The sun rises and the sun sets, and hurries back to where it rises.
  6. 6  The wind blows to the south and turns to the north; round and round it goes, ever returning on its course.
  7. 7  All streams flow into the sea, yet the sea is never full. To the place the streams come from, there they return again.
  8. 8  All things are wearisome, more than one can say. The eye never has enough of seeing, nor the ear its fill of hearing.
  9. 9  What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.
  10. 10  Is there anything of which one can say, “Look! This is something new”? It was here already, long ago; it washere before our time.
  11. 11  There is no remembrance of men of old, and even those who are yet to come will not be remembered by thosewho follow.
  12. 12  I, the Teacher, was king over Israel in Jerusalem.
  13. 13  I devoted myself to study and to explore by wisdom all that is done under heaven. What a heavy burden Godhas laid on men!
  14. 14  I have seen all the things that are done under the sun;all of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind.
  15. 15  What is twisted cannot be straightened; what is lacking cannot be counted.
  16. 16  I thought to myself, “Look, I have grown and increased in wisdom more than anyone who has ruled over Jerusalem before me; I have experienced much of wisdom and knowledge.”
  17. 17  Then I applied myself to the understanding of wisdom, and also of madness and folly, but I learned that this, too, is a chasing after the wind.
  18. 18  For with much wisdom comes much sorrow; the more knowledge, the more grief.

Ecclesiastes 2:1-21 NIV

  1. 1  I thought in my heart, “Come now, I will test you with pleasure to find out what is good.” But that also proved to be meaningless.
  2. 2  “Laughter,” I said, “is foolish. And what does pleasure accomplish?”
  3. 3  I tried cheering myself with wine, and embracing folly- -my mind still guiding me with wisdom. I wanted to see what was worthwhile for men to do under heaven during the few days of their lives.
  4. 4  I undertook great projects: I built houses for myself and planted vineyards.

5 I made gardens and parks and planted all kinds of fruit trees in them.

6 I made reservoirs to water groves of flourishing trees.
7 I bought male and female slaves and had other slaves

who were born in my house. I also owned more herds

and flocks than anyone in Jerusalem before me.
8 I amassed silver and gold for myself, and the treasure

of kings and provinces. I acquired men and women singers, and a harem as well–the delights of the heart of man.

9 I became greater by far than anyone in Jerusalem before me. In all this my wisdom stayed with me.

10 I denied myself nothing my eyes desired; I refused my heart no pleasure. My heart took delight in all my work, and this was the reward for all my labor.

11 Yet when I surveyed all that my hands had done and what I had toiled to achieve, everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind; nothing was gained under the sun.

12 Then I turned my thoughts to consider wisdom, and also madness and folly. What more can the king’s successor do than what has already been done?

13 I saw that wisdom is better than folly, just as light is better than darkness.

14 The wise man has eyes in his head, while the fool walks in the darkness; but I came to realize that the same fate overtakes them both.

15 Then I thought in my heart, “The fate of the fool will overtake me also. What then do I gain by being wise?” I said in my heart, “This too is meaningless.”

16 For the wise man, like the fool, will not be long remembered; in days to come both will be forgotten. Like the fool, the wise man too must die!

17 So I hated life, because the work that is done under the sun was grievous to me. All of it is meaningless, a chasing after the wind.

18 I hated all the things I had toiled for under the sun, because I must leave them to the one who comes after me.

19 And who knows whether he will be a wise man or a fool? Yet he will have control over all the work into which I have poured my effort and skill under the sun. This too is meaningless.

20 So my heart began to despair over all my toilsome labor under the sun.

21 For a man may do his work with wisdom, knowledge and skill, and then he must leave all he owns to someone who has not worked for it. This too is

meaningless and a great misfortune.


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