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Ecclesiastes 1:9


1:9 What exists now 1  is what will be, 2 

and what has been done is what will be done;

there is nothing truly new on earth. 3 

Ecclesiastes 1:12

Futility of Secular Accomplishment

1:12 I, the Teacher, have been king over Israel in Jerusalem. 4 

1 tn Heb “what is.” The Hebrew verbal form is a perfect. Another option is to translate, “What has been.” See the next line, which speaks of the past and the future.

2 tn The Hebrew verbal form is an imperfect.

3 tn Heb “under the sun.”

4 map For location see Map5 B1; Map6 F3; Map7 E2; Map8 F2; Map10 B3; JP1 F4; JP2 F4; JP3 F4; JP4 F4.

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