10 Is there any thing whereof it may be said, See, this is new? it hath been already of old time, which was before us.

Other Translations of Ecclesiastes 1:10

New International Version

10 Is there anything of which one can say, "Look! This is something new"? It was here already, long ago; it was here before our time.

English Standard Version

10 Is there a thing of which it is said, "See, this is new"? It has been already in the ages before us.

The Message

10 Does someone call out, "Hey, this is new"? Don't get excited - it's the same old story.

New King James Version

10 Is there anything of which it may be said, "See, this is new"? It has already been in ancient times before us.

New Living Translation

10 Sometimes people say, "Here is something new!" But actually it is old; nothing is ever truly new.

Matthew Henry's Commentary on Ecclesiastes 1:10

Commentary on Ecclesiastes 1:9-11

(Read Ecclesiastes 1:9-11)

Men's hearts and their corruptions are the same now as in former times; their desires, and pursuits, and complaints, still the same. This should take us from expecting happiness in the creature, and quicken us to seek eternal blessings. How many things and persons in Solomon's day were thought very great, yet there is no remembrance of them now!