Ecclesiastes 3:10
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New International Version
I have seen the burden God has laid on the human race.

New Living Translation
I have seen the burden God has placed on us all.

English Standard Version
I have seen the business that God has given to the children of man to be busy with.

New American Standard Bible
I have seen the task which God has given the sons of men with which to occupy themselves.

King James Bible
I have seen the travail, which God hath given to the sons of men to be exercised in it.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I have seen the task that God has given people to keep them occupied.

International Standard Version
I have observed the burdens placed by God on human beings in order to perfect them.

NET Bible
I have observed the burden that God has given to people to keep them occupied.

New Heart English Bible
I have seen the burden which God has given to the sons of men to be afflicted with.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I have seen mortals weighed down with a burden that God has placed on them.

JPS Tanakh 1917
I have seen the task which God hath given to the sons of men to be exercised therewith.

New American Standard 1977
I have seen the task which God has given the sons of men with which to occupy themselves.

Jubilee Bible 2000
I have seen the travail which God has given to the sons of men that they may be occupied in it.

King James 2000 Bible
I have seen the task, which God has given to the sons of men to be occupied in it.

American King James Version
I have seen the travail, which God has given to the sons of men to be exercised in it.

American Standard Version
I have seen the travail which God hath given to the sons of men to be exercised therewith.

Douay-Rheims Bible
I have seen the trouble, which God hath given the sons of men to be exercised in it.

Darby Bible Translation
I have seen the travail that God hath given to the sons of men to toil in.

English Revised Version
I have seen the travail which God hath given to the sons of men to be exercised therewith.

Webster's Bible Translation
I have seen the labor, which God hath given to the sons of men to be exercised in it.

World English Bible
I have seen the burden which God has given to the sons of men to be afflicted with.

Young's Literal Translation
I have seen the travail that God hath given to the sons of man to be humbled by it.
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
3:1-10 To expect unchanging happiness in a changing world, must end in disappointment. To bring ourselves to our state in life, is our duty and wisdom in this world. God's whole plan for the government of the world will be found altogether wise, just, and good. Then let us seize the favourable opportunity for every good purpose and work. The time to die is fast approaching. Thus labour and sorrow fill the world. This is given us, that we may always have something to do; none were sent into the world to be idle.
Study Bible
The Excellence in God's Works
9What profit is there to the worker from that in which he toils? 10I have seen the task which God has given the sons of men with which to occupy themselves. 11He has made everything appropriate in its time. He has also set eternity in their heart, yet so that man will not find out the work which God has done from the beginning even to the end.…
Cross References
Ecclesiastes 1:13
And I set my mind to seek and explore by wisdom concerning all that has been done under heaven. It is a grievous task which God has given to the sons of men to be afflicted with.

Ecclesiastes 2:26
For to a person who is good in His sight He has given wisdom and knowledge and joy, while to the sinner He has given the task of gathering and collecting so that he may give to one who is good in God's sight. This too is vanity and striving after wind.

Ecclesiastes 11:5
Just as you do not know the path of the wind and how bones are formed in the womb of the pregnant woman, so you do not know the activity of God who makes all things.
Treasury of Scripture

I have seen the travail, which God has given to the sons of men to be exercised in it.

Ecclesiastes 1:3 What profit has a man of all his labor which he takes under the sun?

Ecclesiastes 2:11,22,23 Then I looked on all the works that my hands had worked, and on the …

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

Proverbs 14:23 In all labor there is profit: but the talk of the lips tends only to penury.

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

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