Ecclesiastes 5:16
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New International Version
This too is a grievous evil: As everyone comes, so they depart, and what do they gain, since they toil for the wind?

New Living Translation
And this, too, is a very serious problem. People leave this world no better off than when they came. All their hard work is for nothing--like working for the wind.

English Standard Version
This also is a grievous evil: just as he came, so shall he go, and what gain is there to him who toils for the wind?

New American Standard Bible
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?

King James Bible
And this also is a sore evil, that in all points as he came, so shall he go: and what profit hath he that hath laboured for the wind?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
This too is a sickening tragedy: exactly as he comes, so he will go. What does the one gain who struggles for the wind?

International Standard Version
This is also a painful tragedy: However a person comes, he also departs; so what does he gain as he labors after the wind?

NET Bible
This is another misfortune: Just as he came, so will he go. What did he gain from toiling for the wind?

New Heart English Bible
This also is a grievous evil, that in all points as he came, so shall he go. And what profit does he have who labors for the wind?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
This also is a painful tragedy: They leave exactly as they came. What advantage do they gain from working so hard for the wind?

JPS Tanakh 1917
And this also is a grievous evil, that in all points as he came, so shall he go; and what profit hath he that he laboureth for the wind?

New American Standard 1977
And 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?

Jubilee Bible 2000
And this also is a sore evil; that in all points as he came, so shall he go; and what profit has he that has laboured for the wind?

King James 2000 Bible
And this also is a great evil, that just as he came, so shall he go: and what profit has he who has labored for the wind?

American King James Version
And this also is a sore evil, that in all points as he came, so shall he go: and what profit has he that has labored for the wind?

American Standard Version
And this also is a grievous evil, that in all points as he came, so shall he go: and what profit hath he that he laboreth for the wind?

Douay-Rheims Bible
A most deplorable evil: as he came, so shall he return. What then doth it profit him that he hath laboured for the wind?

Darby Bible Translation
And this also is a grievous evil, that in all points as he came so doth he go away, and what profit hath he, in having laboured for the wind?

English Revised Version
And this also is a grievous evil, that in all points as he came, so shall he go: and what profit hath he that he laboureth for the wind?

Webster's Bible Translation
And this also is a grievous evil, that in all points as he came, so shall he go: and what profit hath he that hath labored for the wind?

World English Bible
This also is a grievous evil, that in all points as he came, so shall he go. And what profit does he have who labors for the wind?

Young's Literal Translation
And this also is a painful evil, just as he came, so he goeth, and what advantage is to him who laboureth for wind?
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
5:9-17 The goodness of Providence is more equally distributed than appears to a careless observer. The king needs the common things of life, and the poor share them; they relish their morsel better than he does his luxuries. There are bodily desires which silver itself will not satisfy, much less will worldly abundance satisfy spiritual desires. The more men have, the better house they must keep, the more servants they must employ, the more guests they must entertain, and the more they will have hanging on them. The sleep of the labourer is sweet, not only because he is tired, but because he has little care to break his sleep. The sleep of the diligent Christian, and his long sleep, are sweet; having spent himself and his time in the service of God, he can cheerfully repose in God as his Rest. But those who have every thing else, often fail to secure a good night's sleep; their abundance breaks their rest. Riches do hurt, and draw away the heart from God and duty. Men do hurt with their riches, not only gratifying their own lusts, but oppressing others, and dealing hardly with them. They will see that they have laboured for the wind, when, at death, they find the profit of their labour is all gone like the wind, they know not whither. How ill the covetous worldling bears the calamities of human life! He does not sorrow to repentance, but is angry at the providence of God, angry at all about him; which doubles his affliction.
Study Bible
Wealth is Meaningless
15As he had come naked from his mother's womb, so will he return as he came. He will take nothing from the fruit of his labor that he can carry in his hand. 16This 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? 17Throughout his life he also eats in darkness with great vexation, sickness and anger.…
Cross References
1 Corinthians 16:16
to submit to such as these, and to every fellow worker and laborer.

Proverbs 11:29
He who troubles his own house will inherit wind, And the foolish will be servant to the wisehearted.

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

And this also is a sore evil, that in all points as he came, so shall he go: and what profit has he that has labored for the wind?

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Ecclesiastes 2:22,23 For what has man of all his labor, and of the vexation of his heart, …

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1 Samuel 12:21 And turn you not aside: for then should you go after vain things, …

Jeremiah 2:8 The priests said not, Where is the LORD? and they that handle the …

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

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

Proverbs 11:29 He that troubles his own house shall inherit the wind: and the fool …

Isaiah 26:18 We have been with child, we have been in pain, we have as it were …

Hosea 8:7 For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind: it …

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

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