15th Century Illuminated Bible Intro to Ecclesiastes 1
“Vanity of vanities, all is vanity.” What profit has a
man from all his labor in which he toils under the sun?
One generation passes away, and another generation comes; but
the earth abides forever.
The sun also rises, and the sun goes down, and hastens to the
place where it arose.
The wind goes toward the south, and turns around to the north;
the wind whirls about continually, and comes again on its
All the rivers run into the sea,
Yet the sea is not full; to the place from which the rivers
come, there they return again.
All things are full of labor; man cannot express it.
The eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with
That which has been is what will be, that which is done is what
will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun."
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