1 The words of the Teacher, son of David, king of Jerusalem: 2 "Meaningless! Meaningless!" says the Teacher. "Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless." 3 What does man gain from all his labor at which he tolls under the sun? 14 I have seen all the things that are done under the sun; all of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind. 1 Listen to me, you islands; hear this , you distant nations: Before I was born, the LORD called me; from my birth he has made mention of my name. 2 He made my mouth like a sharpened sword, in the shadow of his hand hid me; he made me into a polished arrow and concealed me in his quiver. 3 He said to me, "You are my servant, Israel, in whom I will display my splendor." 4 But I said, "I have labored to no purpose; I have spent my strength in vain and for nothing. Yet what is due me is in the LORD's hand, and my reward is with my God." 5 And now the LORD says -- he who formed me in the womb to be his servant to bring Jacob back to him and gather Israel to himself, for I am honored in the eyes of the LORD and my God has ben my strength -- 6 he says: "It is too small a thing for you to be my servant to restore the tribes of Jacob and bring back those if Israel I have kept. I will also make you a light for the Gentiles. that you may bring my salvation to the ends of the earth." 7 This is what the LORD says -- the Redeemer and Holy One of Israel -- to him who was despised and abhorred by the nation, to the servant of rulers: "Kings will see you and rise up, princes will see and bow down, because of the LORD, who is faithful, the Holy One of Israel, who has chosen you."