Ecclesiastes 2:17
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New International Version
So I hated life, because the work that is done under the sun was grievous to me. All of it is meaningless, a chasing after the wind.

New Living Translation
So I came to hate life because everything done here under the sun is so troubling. Everything is meaningless--like chasing the wind.

English Standard Version
So I hated life, because what is done under the sun was grievous to me, for all is vanity and a striving after wind.

New American Standard Bible
So I hated life, for the work which had been done under the sun was grievous to me; because everything is futility and striving after wind.

King James Bible
Therefore I hated life; because the work that is wrought under the sun is grievous unto me: for all is vanity and vexation of spirit.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Therefore, I hated life because the work that was done under the sun was distressing to me. For everything is futile and a pursuit of the wind.

International Standard Version
So I hated life, because whatever is done on earth causes me trouble—it's all pointless, like chasing after the wind.

NET Bible
So I loathed life because what happens on earth seems awful to me; for all the benefits of wisdom are futile--like chasing the wind.

New Heart English Bible
So I hated life, because the work that is worked under the sun was grievous to me; for all is vanity and a chasing after wind.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
So I came to hate life because everything done under the sun seemed wrong to me. Everything was pointless. [It was like] trying to catch the wind.

JPS Tanakh 1917
So I hated life; because the work that is wrought under the sun was grievous unto me; for all is vanity and a striving after wind.

New American Standard 1977
So I hated life, for the work which had been done under the sun was grievous to me; because everything is futility and striving after wind.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Therefore I hated life because every work that is wrought under the sun was grievous unto me; for all was vanity and vexation of spirit.

King James 2000 Bible
Therefore I hated life; because the work that is done under the sun is grievous unto me: for all is vanity and like grasping the wind.

American King James Version
Therefore I hated life; because the work that is worked under the sun is grievous to me: for all is vanity and vexation of spirit.

American Standard Version
So I hated life, because the work that is wrought under the sun was grievous unto me; for all is vanity and a striving after wind.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And therefore I was weary of my life, when I saw that all things under the sun are evil, and all vanity and vexation of spirit.

Darby Bible Translation
And I hated life; for the work that is wrought under the sun was grievous unto me; for all is vanity and pursuit of the wind.

English Revised Version
So I hated life; because the work that is wrought under the sun was grievous unto me: for all is vanity and a striving after wind.

Webster's Bible Translation
Therefore I hated life; because the work that is wrought under the sun is grievous to me: for all is vanity and vexation of spirit.

World English Bible
So I hated life, because the work that is worked under the sun was grievous to me; for all is vanity and a chasing after wind.

Young's Literal Translation
And I have hated life, for sad to me is the work that hath been done under the sun, for the whole is vanity and vexation of spirit.
Study Bible
The Wise and the Foolish
16For there is no lasting remembrance of the wise man as with the fool, inasmuch as in the coming days all will be forgotten. And how the wise man and the fool alike die! 17So I hated life, for the work which had been done under the sun was grievous to me; because everything is futility and striving after wind. 18Thus 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.…
Cross References
Ecclesiastes 1:14
I have seen all the works which have been done under the sun, and behold, all is vanity and striving after wind.

Ecclesiastes 1:17
And I set my mind to know wisdom and to know madness and folly; I realized that this also is striving after wind.

Ecclesiastes 4:2
So I congratulated the dead who are already dead more than the living who are still living.

Ecclesiastes 4:3
But better off than both of them is the one who has never existed, who has never seen the evil activity that is done under the sun.
Treasury of Scripture

Therefore I hated life; because the work that is worked under the sun is grievous to me: for all is vanity and vexation of spirit.

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Numbers 11:15 And if you deal thus with me, kill me, I pray you, out of hand, if …

1 Kings 19:4 But he himself went a day's journey into the wilderness, and came …

Job 3:20-22 Why is light given to him that is in misery, and life to the bitter in soul…

Job 7:15,16 So that my soul chooses strangling, and death rather than my life…

Job 14:13 O that you would hide me in the grave, that you would keep me secret, …

Jeremiah 20:14-18 Cursed be the day wherein I was born: let not the day wherein my …

Jonah 4:3,8 Therefore now, O LORD, take, I beseech you, my life from me; for …

Philippians 1:23-25 For I am in a strait between two, having a desire to depart, and …

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Ecclesiastes 1:14 I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and, behold, …

Ecclesiastes 3:16 And moreover I saw under the sun the place of judgment, that wickedness …

Ezekiel 3:14 So the spirit lifted me up, and took me away, and I went in bitterness, …

Habakkuk 1:3 Why do you show me iniquity, and cause me to behold grievance? for …

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Ecclesiastes 2:11,22 Then I looked on all the works that my hands had worked, and on the …

Ecclesiastes 6:9 Better is the sight of the eyes than the wandering of the desire: …

Psalm 89:47 Remember how short my time is: why have you made all men in vain?

(17) Is grievous.--Rather, was.

Verse 17. - Therefore I hated life; et idcirce taeduit me vitae meae. Be a man wise or foolish, his life leads only to one end and is soon forgotten; hence life itself is burdensome and hateful. The bitter complaint of Job (Job 3:20, etc.; Job 6:8, 9) is here echoed, though the words do not point to suicide as the solution of the riddle. It is the ennui and unprofitableness of all life and action in view of the inevitable conclusion, which is here lamented. Because the work that is wrought under the sun is grievous unto me; literally, for evil unto me (Esther 3:9) is the work which is done under the sun. The toil and exertions of men pressed upon him like a burden too heavy for him to bear. Symmachus, Κακόν μοι ἐφάνη τὸ ἔργον; Septuagint, Πονηρὸν ἐπ ἐμὲ τὸ ποίημα κ.τ.λ.. He repeats the expression, "under the sun," as if to show that he was regarding human labor only in its earthly aspect, undertaken and executed for temporal and selfish considerations alone. The apostle teaches a 'better lesson, and the worker who adopts his rule is saved from this crushing disappointment: "Whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the recompense of the inheritance: ye serve the Lord Christ" (Colossians 3:23, 24). For all is vanity. He comes back to the same miserable refrain; it is all emptiness, striving after wind. Therefore I hated life,.... Not strictly and simply understood, since life is the gift of God; and a great blessing it is, more than raiment, and so dear to a man, that he will give all he has for it: but comparatively, in comparison of the lovingkindness of God, which is better than life; or in comparison of eternal life, which a good man desires to depart from this world, for the sake of enjoying it. The sense seems to be this, that since the case of wise men and fools was equal, he had the less love for life, the less regard to it, the less desire to continue in it; no solid happiness being to be enjoyed in anything under the sun: though some think that he was even weary of life, impatient of it, as Job, Jonah, and others have been. The Targum is,

"I hate all evil life:''

Alshech interprets it of the good things of this world, which were the cause of hurt unto him; and Aben Ezra understands, by life, living persons;

because the work that is wrought under the sun is grievous unto me; which was either wrought by himself; particularly his hard studies, and eager pursuits after knowledge and wisdom, which were a weariness to his flesh; or which were done by others, especially evil ones: so the Targum,

"for evil to me is an evil work, which is done by the children of men under the sun in this world;''

for all is vanity and vexation of spirit; See Gill on Ecclesiastes 1:14. 17. Disappointed in one experiment after another, he is weary of life. The backslider ought to have rather reasoned as the prodigal (Ho 2:6, 7; Lu 15:17, 18).

grievous unto me—(Job 10:1).2:12-17 Solomon found that knowledge and prudence were preferable to ignorance and folly, though human wisdom and knowledge will not make a man happy. The most learned of men, who dies a stranger to Christ Jesus, will perish equally with the most ignorant; and what good can commendations on earth do to the body in the grave, or the soul in hell? And the spirits of just men made perfect cannot want them. So that if this were all, we might be led to hate our life, as it is all vanity and vexation of spirit.
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