Ask the former generation and find out what their ancestors learned, for we were born only yesterday and know nothing, and our days on earth are but a shadow. … What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.
You have made my days a mere handbreadth; the span of my years is as nothing before you. Everyone is but a breath, even those who seem secure. … The perverse of heart shall be far from me; I will have nothing to do with what is evil. … The wicked will see and be vexed, they will gnash their teeth and waste away; the longings of the wicked will come to nothing. … The prospect of the righteous is joy, but the hopes of the wicked come to nothing.
I know that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it. God does it so that people will fear him.
Before him all the nations are as nothing; they are regarded by him as worthless and less than nothing. … All who make idols are nothing, and the things they treasure are worthless. Those who would speak up for them are blind; they are ignorant, to their own shame. Who shapes a god and casts an idol, which can profit nothing? … They know nothing, they understand nothing; their eyes are plastered over so they cannot see, and their minds closed so they cannot understand.
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