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All things are full of weariness;
a person cannot express it.
The eye is not satisfied with seeing,
nor is the ear filled with hearing. Bible

“All things are full of weariness.” This is both a hyperbole and a personification, even making inanimate objects have feelings as if they were human.

“express.” The Hebrew is the common word for “word, matter, speak.” In the clipped fashion of Hebrew poetry, the line is more literally and simply, “Man cannot speak.” People cannot express what they experience; the seeming meaninglessness of life leaves us speechless. The godless person can see little meaning in life. But later on in Ecclesiastes we learn that changes when a person finds God.


Commentary for: Ecclesiastes 1:8