Ecclesiastes 6:3
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New International Version
A man may have a hundred children and live many years; yet no matter how long he lives, if he cannot enjoy his prosperity and does not receive proper burial, I say that a stillborn child is better off than he.

New Living Translation
A man might have a hundred children and live to be very old. But if he finds no satisfaction in life and doesn't even get a decent burial, it would have been better for him to be born dead.

English Standard Version
If a man fathers a hundred children and lives many years, so that the days of his years are many, but his soul is not satisfied with life’s good things, and he also has no burial, I say that a stillborn child is better off than he.

New American Standard Bible
If a man fathers a hundred children and lives many years, however many they be, but his soul is not satisfied with good things and he does not even have a proper burial, then I say, "Better the miscarriage than he,

King James Bible
If a man beget an hundred children, and live many years, so that the days of his years be many, and his soul be not filled with good, and also that he have no burial; I say, that an untimely birth is better than he.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
A man may father a hundred children and live many years. No matter how long he lives, if he is not satisfied by good things and does not even have a proper burial, I say that a stillborn child is better off than he.

International Standard Version
A man might father a hundred children, and live for many years, so that the length of his life is long—but if his life does not overflow with goodness, and he doesn't receive a proper burial, I maintain that stillborn children are better off than he is,

NET Bible
Even if a man fathers a hundred children and lives many years--even if he lives a long, long time, but cannot enjoy his prosperity--even if he were to live forever--I would say, "A stillborn child is better off than he is!"

New Heart English Bible
If a man fathers a hundred children, and lives many years, so that the days of his years are many, but his soul is not filled with good, and moreover he has no burial; I say, that a stillborn child is better than he:

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Suppose a rich person wasn't satisfied with good things [while he was alive] and didn't even get an honorable burial [after he died]. Suppose he had a hundred children and lived for many years. No matter how long he would have lived, it [still] would have been better for him to have been born dead.

JPS Tanakh 1917
If a man beget a hundred children, and live many years, so that the days of his years are many, but his soul have not enough of good, and moreover he have no burial; I say, that an untimely birth is better than he;

New American Standard 1977
If a man fathers a hundred children and lives many years, however many they be, but his soul is not satisfied with good things, and he does not even have a proper burial, then I say, “Better the miscarriage than he,

Jubilee Bible 2000
If a man begets a hundred sons and lives many years so that the days of his years are many, if his soul is not filled with good and also that he have no burial; I say that an aborted birth is better than he.

King James 2000 Bible
If a man begets a hundred children, and lives many years, so that the days of his years are many, and his soul is not filled with good, and also that he has no burial; I say, that a stillborn birth is better than he.

American King James Version
If a man beget an hundred children, and live many years, so that the days of his years be many, and his soul be not filled with good, and also that he have no burial; I say, that an untimely birth is better than he.

American Standard Version
If a man beget a hundred children, and live many years, so that the days of his years are many, but his soul be not filled with good, and moreover he have no burial; I say, that an untimely birth is better than he:

Douay-Rheims Bible
If a man beget a hundred children, and live many years, and attain to a great age, and his soul make no use of the goods of his substance, and he be without burial: of this man I pronounce, that the untimely born is better than he.

Darby Bible Translation
If a man beget a hundred [sons], and live many years, so that the days of his years be many, but his soul be not filled with good, and also he have no burial, I say an untimely birth is better than he.

English Revised Version
If a man beget an hundred children and live many years, so that the days of his years be many, but his soul be not filled with good, and moreover he have no burial; I say, that an untimely birth is better than he:

Webster's Bible Translation
If a man begetteth a hundred children, and liveth many years, so that the days of his years are many, and his soul is not filled with good, and also that he hath no burial; I say, that an untimely birth is better than he.

World English Bible
If a man fathers a hundred children, and lives many years, so that the days of his years are many, but his soul is not filled with good, and moreover he has no burial; I say, that a stillborn child is better than he:

Young's Literal Translation
If a man doth beget a hundred, and live many years, and is great, because they are the days of his years, and his soul is not satisfied from the goodness, and also he hath not had a grave, I have said, 'Better than he is the untimely birth.'
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
6:1-6 A man often has all he needs for outward enjoyment; yet the Lord leaves him so to covetousness or evil dispositions, that he makes no good or comfortable use of what he has. By one means or other his possessions come to strangers; this is vanity, and an evil disease. A numerous family was a matter of fond desire and of high honour among the Hebrews; and long life is the desire of mankind in general. Even with these additions a man may not be able to enjoy his riches, family, and life. Such a man, in his passage through life, seems to have been born for no end or use. And he who has entered on life only for one moment, to quit it the next, has a preferable lot to him who has lived long, but only to suffer.
Study Bible
The Futility of Life
2a man to whom God has given riches and wealth and honor so that his soul lacks nothing of all that he desires; yet God has not empowered him to eat from them, for a foreigner enjoys them. This is vanity and a severe affliction. 3If a man fathers a hundred children and lives many years, however many they be, but his soul is not satisfied with good things and he does not even have a proper burial, then I say, "Better the miscarriage than he, 4for it comes in futility and goes into obscurity; and its name is covered in obscurity.…
Cross References
Job 3:16
"Or like a miscarriage which is discarded, I would not be, As infants that never saw light.

Psalm 58:8
Let them be as a snail which melts away as it goes along, Like the miscarriages of a woman which never see the sun.

Ecclesiastes 4:3
But better off than both of them is the one who has never existed, who has never seen the evil activity that is done under the sun.

Ecclesiastes 6:4
for it comes in futility and goes into obscurity; and its name is covered in obscurity.

Isaiah 14:20
"You will not be united with them in burial, Because you have ruined your country, You have slain your people. May the offspring of evildoers not be mentioned forever.

Jeremiah 8:2
"They will spread them out to the sun, the moon and to all the host of heaven, which they have loved and which they have served, and which they have gone after and which they have sought, and which they have worshiped. They will not be gathered or buried; they will be as dung on the face of the ground.

Jeremiah 22:19
"He will be buried with a donkey's burial, Dragged off and thrown out beyond the gates of Jerusalem.
Treasury of Scripture

If a man beget an hundred children, and live many years, so that the days of his years be many, and his soul be not filled with good, and also that he have no burial; I say, that an untimely birth is better than he.

a man

Genesis 33:5 And he lifted up his eyes, and saw the women and the children; and …

1 Samuel 2:20,21 And Eli blessed Elkanah and his wife, and said, The LORD give you …

2 Kings 10:1 And Ahab had seventy sons in Samaria. And Jehu wrote letters, and …

1 Chronicles 28:5 And of all my sons…

2 Chronicles 11:21 And Rehoboam loved Maachah the daughter of Absalom above all his …

Esther 5:11 And Haman told them of the glory of his riches, and the multitude …

Psalm 127:4,5 As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth…

Proverbs 17:6 Children's children are the crown of old men; and the glory of children …

Genesis 47:9 And Jacob said to Pharaoh, The days of the years of my pilgrimage …

and also

2 Kings 9:35 And they went to bury her: but they found no more of her than the …

Esther 7:10 So they hanged Haman on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai. …

Esther 9:14,15 And the king commanded it so to be done: and the decree was given …

Isaiah 14:19,20 But you are cast out of your grave like an abominable branch, and …

Jeremiah 22:19 He shall be buried with the burial of an donkey, drawn and cast forth …

Jeremiah 36:30 Therefore thus said the LORD of Jehoiakim king of Judah; He shall …

that

Ecclesiastes 4:3 Yes, better is he than both they, which has not yet been, who has …

Job 3:16 Or as an hidden untimely birth I had not been; as infants which never saw light.

Psalm 58:8 As a snail which melts, let every one of them pass away: like the …

Matthew 26:24 The Son of man goes as it is written of him…

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