Ecclesiastes 1:3
Parallel Verses
New International Version
What do people gain from all their labors at which they toil under the sun?

New Living Translation
What do people get for all their hard work under the sun?

English Standard Version
What does man gain by all the toil at which he toils under the sun?

New American Standard Bible
What advantage does man have in all his work Which he does under the sun?

King James Bible
What profit hath a man of all his labour which he taketh under the sun?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
What does a man gain for all his efforts that he labors at under the sun?

International Standard Version
What does a man gain from all of the work that he undertakes on earth?

NET Bible
What benefit do people get from all the effort which they expend on earth?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
What do people gain from all their hard work under the sun?

JPS Tanakh 1917
What profit hath man of all his labour Wherein he laboureth under the sun?

New American Standard 1977
What advantage does man have in all his work
            Which he does under the sun?

Jubilee Bible 2000
What profit does a man have of all his labour which he takes under the sun?

King James 2000 Bible
What profit has a man of all his labor which he takes under the sun?

American King James Version
What profit has a man of all his labor which he takes under the sun?

American Standard Version
What profit hath man of all his labor wherein he laboreth under the sun?

Douay-Rheims Bible
What hath a man more of all his labour, that he taketh under the sun?

Darby Bible Translation
What profit hath man of all his labour wherewith he laboureth under the sun?

English Revised Version
What profit hath man of all his labour wherein he laboureth under the sun?

Webster's Bible Translation
What profit hath a man of all his labor, which he taketh under the sun?

World English Bible
What does man gain from all his labor in which he labors under the sun?

Young's Literal Translation
What advantage is to man by all his labour that he laboureth at under the sun?
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
1:1-3 Much is to be learned by comparing one part of Scripture with another. We here behold Solomon returning from the broken and empty cisterns of the world, to the Fountain of living water; recording his own folly and shame, the bitterness of his disappointment, and the lessons he had learned. Those that have taken warning to turn and live, should warn others not to go on and die. He does not merely say all things are vain, but that they are vanity. VANITY OF VANITIES, ALL IS VANITY. This is the text of the preacher's sermon, of which in this book he never loses sight. If this world, in its present state, were all, it would not be worth living for; and the wealth and pleasure of this world, if we had ever so much, are not enough to make us happy. What profit has a man of all his labour? All he gets by it will not supply the wants of the soul, nor satisfy its desires; will not atone for the sins of the soul, nor hinder the loss of it: what profit will the wealth of the world be to the soul in death, in judgment, or in the everlasting state?
Study Bible
Preceding Generations Forgotten
2"Vanity of vanities," says the Preacher, "Vanity of vanities! All is vanity." 3What advantage does man have in all his work Which he does under the sun? 4A generation goes and a generation comes, But the earth remains forever.…
Cross References
1 Corinthians 16:16
to submit to such as these, and to every fellow worker and laborer.

Ecclesiastes 2:11
Thus I considered all my activities which my hands had done and the labor which I had exerted, and behold all was vanity and striving after wind and there was no profit under the sun.

Ecclesiastes 2:18
Thus I hated all the fruit of my labor for which I had labored under the sun, for I must leave it to the man who will come after me.

Ecclesiastes 2:22
For what does a man get in all his labor and in his striving with which he labors under the sun?

Ecclesiastes 3:9
What profit is there to the worker from that in which he toils?

Ecclesiastes 5:16
This also is a grievous evil-- exactly as a man is born, thus will he die. So what is the advantage to him who toils for the wind?
Treasury of Scripture

What profit has a man of all his labor which he takes under the sun?

Ecclesiastes 2:22 For what has man of all his labor, and of the vexation of his heart, …

Ecclesiastes 3:9 What profit has he that works in that wherein he labors?

Ecclesiastes 5:16 And this also is a sore evil, that in all points as he came, so shall …

Proverbs 23:4,5 Labor not to be rich: cease from your own wisdom…

Isaiah 55:2 Why do you spend money for that which is not bread? and your labor …

Habakkuk 2:13,18 Behold, is it not of the LORD of hosts that the people shall labor …

Matthew 16:26 For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and …

Mark 8:36,37 For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, …

John 6:27 Labor not for the meat which perishes, but for that meat which endures …

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Ecclesiastes 2:11,19 Then I looked on all the works that my hands had worked, and on the …

Ecclesiastes 4:3,7 Yes, better is he than both they, which has not yet been, who has …

Ecclesiastes 5:18 Behold that which I have seen: it is good and comely for one to eat …

Ecclesiastes 6:12 For who knows what is good for man in this life, all the days of …

Ecclesiastes 7:11 Wisdom is good with an inheritance: and by it there is profit to …

Ecclesiastes 8:15-17 Then I commended mirth, because a man has no better thing under the …

Ecclesiastes 9:3,6,13 This is an evil among all things that are done under the sun, that …

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