Ecclesiastes 3:9
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New International Version
What do workers gain from their toil?

New Living Translation
What do people really get for all their hard work?

English Standard Version
What gain has the worker from his toil?

New American Standard Bible
What profit is there to the worker from that in which he toils?

King James Bible
What profit hath he that worketh in that wherein he laboureth?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
What does the worker gain from his struggles?

International Standard Version
What benefit does the worker gain from what he undertakes?

NET Bible
What benefit can a worker gain from his toil?

New Heart English Bible
What profit has he who works in that in which he labors?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
What do working people gain from their hard labor?

JPS Tanakh 1917
What profit hath he that worketh in that he laboureth?

New American Standard 1977
What profit is there to the worker from that in which he toils?

Jubilee Bible 2000
What profit does the one that works have in that in which he labours?

King James 2000 Bible
What profit has he that works in that in which he labors?

American King James Version
What profit has he that works in that wherein he labors?

American Standard Version
What profit hath he that worketh in that wherein he laboreth?

Douay-Rheims Bible
What hath man more of his labour?

Darby Bible Translation
What profit hath he that worketh from that wherein he laboureth?

English Revised Version
What profit hath he that worketh in that wherein he laboureth?

Webster's Bible Translation
What profit hath he that worketh in that in which he laboreth?

World English Bible
What profit has he who works in that in which he labors?

Young's Literal Translation
What advantage hath the doer in that which he is labouring at?
Study Bible
The Excellence in God's Works
8A time to love and a time to hate; A time for war and a time for peace. 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.…
Cross References
1 Corinthians 16:16
to submit to such as these, and to every fellow worker and laborer.

Ecclesiastes 1:3
What advantage does man have in all his work Which he does under the sun?

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 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 he that works in that wherein he labors?

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 …

Verse 9. - If thus man, in all his actions and under all circumstances, depends upon time and seasons which are beyond his control, we return to the same desponding question already asked in Ecclesiastes 1:3. What profit hath he that worketh in that wherein he laboreth? The preceding enumeration leads up to this question, to which the answer is "None." Since time and tide wait for no man, since man cannot know for certain his opportunity, he cannot reckon on reaping any advantage from his labor. What profit hath he that worketh in that wherein he laboureth? That is, he has none. This is an inference drawn from the above premises, and confirms what has been before observed, Ecclesiastes 1:3; Man has no profit of his labour, since his time is so short to enjoy it, and he leaves it to another, he knows not who; and, while he lives, is attended with continual vicissitudes and changes; sometimes it is a time for one thing, and sometimes for its contrary, so that there is nothing certain, and to be depended on; and a man can promise himself nothing in this world pleasant or profitable to him, and much less that will be of any advantage to him hereafter. The Targum adds,

"to make treasures and gather mammon, unless he is helped by Providence above;''

though it is man's duty to labour, yet all his toil and labour will be fruitless without a divine blessing; there is a time and season for everything in providence, and there is no striving against that. 9. But these earthly pursuits, while lawful in their season, are "unprofitable" when made by man, what God never intended them to be, the chief good. Solomon had tried to create an artificial forced joy, at times when he ought rather to have been serious; the result, therefore, of his labor to be happy, out of God's order, was disappointment. "A time to plant" (Ec 3:2) refers to his planting (Ec 2:5); "laugh" (Ec 3:4), to Ec 2:1, 2; "his mirth," "laughter"; "build up," "gather stones" (Ec 3:3, 5), to his "building" (Ec 2:4); "embrace," "love," to his "princess" (see on [655]Ec 2:8); "get" (perhaps also "gather," Ec 3:5, 6), to his "gathering" (Ec 2:8). All these were of "no profit," because not in God's time and order of bestowing happiness.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.
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