Ecclesiastes 5:20
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New International Version
They seldom reflect on the days of their life, because God keeps them occupied with gladness of heart.

New Living Translation
God keeps such people so busy enjoying life that they take no time to brood over the past.

English Standard Version
For he will not much remember the days of his life because God keeps him occupied with joy in his heart.

New American Standard Bible
For he will not often consider the years of his life, because God keeps him occupied with the gladness of his heart.

King James Bible
For he shall not much remember the days of his life; because God answereth him in the joy of his heart.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
for he does not often consider the days of his life because God keeps him occupied with the joy of his heart.

International Standard Version
For he will not brood much over the days of his life, since God will keep him occupied with the joys of his heart.

NET Bible
For he does not think much about the fleeting days of his life because God keeps him preoccupied with the joy he derives from his activity.

New Heart English Bible
For he shall not often reflect on the days of his life; because God occupies him with the joy of his heart.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
These people won't give much thought to their brief lives because God keeps them occupied with the joy in their hearts.

JPS Tanakh 1917
For let him remember the days of his life that they are not many; for God answereth him in the joy of his heart.

New American Standard 1977
For he will not often consider the years of his life, because God keeps him occupied with the gladness of his heart.

Jubilee Bible 2000
To such a one, God will remove the concerns common to others, for God shall answer him with joy from his heart.

King James 2000 Bible
For he shall not much remember the days of his life; because God keeps him busy with the joy of his heart.

American King James Version
For he shall not much remember the days of his life; because God answers him in the joy of his heart.

American Standard Version
For he shall not much remember the days of his life; because God answereth him in the joy of his heart.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For he shall not much remember the days of his life, because God entertaineth his heart with delight,

Darby Bible Translation
For he will not much remember the days of his life, because God answereth [him] with the joy of his heart.

English Revised Version
For he shall not much remember the days of his life; because God answereth him in the joy of his heart.

Webster's Bible Translation
For he shall not much remember the days of his life; because God answereth him in the joy of his heart.

World English Bible
For he shall not often reflect on the days of his life; because God occupies him with the joy of his heart.

Young's Literal Translation
For he doth not much remember the days of his life, for God is answering through the joy of his heart.
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
5:18-20 Life is God's gift. We must not view our calling as a drudgery, but take pleasure in the calling where God puts us. A cheerful spirit is a great blessing; it makes employments easy, and afflictions light. Having made a proper use of riches, a man will remember the days of his past life with pleasure. The manner in which Solomon refers to God as the Giver, both of life and its enjoyments, shows they ought to be received and to be used, consistently with his will, and to his glory. Let this passage recommend to all the kind words of the merciful Redeemer, Labour not for the meat that perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life. Christ is the Bread of life, the only food of the soul. All are invited to partake of this heavenly provision.
Study Bible
Wealth is Meaningless
19Furthermore, as for every man to whom God has given riches and wealth, He has also empowered him to eat from them and to receive his reward and rejoice in his labor; this is the gift of God. 20For he will not often consider the years of his life, because God keeps him occupied with the gladness of his heart.
Cross References
Exodus 23:25
"But you shall serve the LORD your God, and He will bless your bread and your water; and I will remove sickness from your midst.

Ecclesiastes 6:1
There is an evil which I have seen under the sun and it is prevalent among men--
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