at which he toils under the sun?
but the earth remains forever.
and circling to the north—
circling, circling is the wind,
and on its own circuits the wind returns.
and what has been done is what will be done,
and there is nothing new under the sun.
“Look, this is new!”
But it already was in ages ago that came before us.
12I, the Sage, was king over Israel in Jerusalem.
13And I applied my heart to seek and to search out by wisdom concerning all that is done under the heavens. It is a burdensome business that God has given to the sons of men to be busied with.
14I have seen all the works that are done under the sun, and behold, everything is pointless and herding the wind.
15What is bent cannot be straightened, and what is lacking cannot be counted.
16I said to myself, “Behold, I have magnified and increased in wisdom above all who were over Jerusalem before me. Yes, my heart has seen much wisdom and knowledge.”
17I applied my heart to know wisdom and to know madness and foolishness. I perceived that this also was herding the wind.
18For in much wisdom is much frustration, and he who increases knowledge increases pain.