Ecclesiastes 4:6
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New International Version
Better one handful with tranquillity than two handfuls with toil and chasing after the wind.

New Living Translation
And yet, "Better to have one handful with quietness than two handfuls with hard work and chasing the wind."

English Standard Version
Better is a handful of quietness than two hands full of toil and a striving after wind.

New American Standard Bible
One hand full of rest is better than two fists full of labor and striving after wind.

King James Bible
Better is an handful with quietness, than both the hands full with travail and vexation of spirit.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Better one handful with rest than two handfuls with effort and a pursuit of the wind.

International Standard Version
It's better to have one handful of tranquility than to have two handfuls of trouble and to chase after the wind.

NET Bible
Better is one handful with some rest than two hands full of toil and chasing the wind.

New Heart English Bible
Better is a handful, with quietness, than two handfuls with labor and chasing after wind.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
One handful of peace and quiet is better than two handfuls of hard work and of trying to catch the wind.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Better is a handful of quietness, Than both the hands full of labour and striving after wind.

New American Standard 1977
One hand full of rest is better than two fists full of labor and striving after wind.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Better is a handful with rest than both the hands full with travail and vexation of spirit.

King James 2000 Bible
Better is a handful with quietness, than both hands full with toil and grasping for the wind.

American King James Version
Better is an handful with quietness, than both the hands full with travail and vexation of spirit.

American Standard Version
Better is a handful, with quietness, than two handfuls with labor and striving after wind.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Better is a handful with rest, than both hands full with labour, and vexation of mind.

Darby Bible Translation
Better is a handful with quietness, than both hands full with labour and pursuit of the wind.

English Revised Version
Better is an handful with quietness, than two handfuls with labour and striving after wind.

Webster's Bible Translation
Better is a handful with quietness, than both the hands full with toil and vexation of spirit.

World English Bible
Better is a handful, with quietness, than two handfuls with labor and chasing after wind.

Young's Literal Translation
Better is a handful with quietness, than two handfuls with labour and vexation of spirit.'
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
4:4-6 Solomon notices the sources of trouble peculiar to well-doers, and includes all who labour with diligence, and whose efforts are crowned with success. They often become great and prosperous, but this excites envy and opposition. Others, seeing the vexations of an active course, foolishly expect more satisfaction in sloth and idleness. But idleness is a sin that is its own punishment. Let us by honest industry lay hold on the handful, that we may not want necessaries, but not grasp at both hands full, which would only create vexation of spirit. Moderate pains and gains do best.
Study Bible
The Evils of Oppression
5The fool folds his hands and consumes his own flesh. 6One hand full of rest is better than two fists full of labor and striving after wind. 7Then I looked again at vanity under the sun.…
Cross References
Proverbs 15:16
Better is a little with the fear of the LORD Than great treasure and turmoil with it.

Proverbs 15:17
Better is a dish of vegetables where love is Than a fattened ox served with hatred.

Proverbs 16:8
Better is a little with righteousness Than great income with injustice.

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 4:7
Then I looked again at vanity under the sun.
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