Ecclesiastes 8:16
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New International Version
When I applied my mind to know wisdom and to observe the labor that is done on earth--people getting no sleep day or night--

New Living Translation
In my search for wisdom and in my observation of people's burdens here on earth, I discovered that there is ceaseless activity, day and night.

English Standard Version
When I applied my heart to know wisdom, and to see the business that is done on earth, how neither day nor night do one’s eyes see sleep,

New American Standard Bible
When I gave my heart to know wisdom and to see the task which has been done on the earth (even though one should never sleep day or night),

King James Bible
When I applied mine heart to know wisdom, and to see the business that is done upon the earth: (for also there is that neither day nor night seeth sleep with his eyes:)

Holman Christian Standard Bible
When I applied my mind to know wisdom and to observe the activity that is done on the earth (even though one's eyes do not close in sleep day or night),

International Standard Version
When I dedicated myself to experience wisdom and to observe what is undertaken on earth—even going without sleep day and night—

NET Bible
When I tried to gain wisdom and to observe the activity on earth--even though it prevents anyone from sleeping day or night--

New Heart English Bible
When I applied my heart to know wisdom, and to see the business that is done on the earth (for also there is that neither day nor night sees sleep with his eyes),

GOD'S WORD® Translation
When I carefully considered how to study wisdom and how to look at the work that is done on earth (even going without sleep day and night),

JPS Tanakh 1917
When I applied my heart to know wisdom, and to see the business that is done upon the earth--for neither day nor night do men see sleep with their eyes--

New American Standard 1977
When I gave my heart to know wisdom and to see the task which has been done on the earth (even though one should never sleep day or night),

Jubilee Bible 2000
Therefore I applied mine heart to know wisdom and to see the business that is done upon the earth (for also there is he that neither day nor night sees sleep with his eyes).

King James 2000 Bible
When I applied my heart to know wisdom, and to see the business that is done upon the earth: (for also there is one who neither day nor night sees sleep with his eyes:)

American King James Version
When I applied my heart to know wisdom, and to see the business that is done on the earth: (for also there is that neither day nor night sees sleep with his eyes:)

American Standard Version
When I applied my heart to know wisdom, and to see the business that is done upon the earth (for also there is that neither day nor night seeth sleep with his eyes),

Douay-Rheims Bible
And I applied my heart to know wisdom, and to understand the distraction that is upon earth: for there are some that day and night take no sleep with their eyes.

Darby Bible Translation
When I applied my heart to know wisdom, and to see the business that is done upon the earth (for also there is that neither day nor night seeth sleep with his eyes),

English Revised Version
When I applied mine heart to know wisdom, and to see the business that is done upon the earth: (for also there is that neither day nor night seeth sleep with his eyes:)

Webster's Bible Translation
When I applied my heart to know wisdom, and to see the business that is done upon the earth: (for also there is that neither day nor night seeth sleep with his eyes:)

World English Bible
When I applied my heart to know wisdom, and to see the business that is done on the earth (for also there is that neither day nor night sees sleep with his eyes),

Young's Literal Translation
When I gave my heart to know wisdom and to see the business that hath been done on the earth, (for there is also a spectator in whose eyes sleep is not by day and by night),
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
8:14-17 Faith alone can establish the heart in this mixed scene, where the righteous often suffer, and the wicked prosper. Solomon commended joy, and holy security of mind, arising from confidence in God, because a man has no better thing under the sun, though a good man has much better things above the sun, than soberly and thankfully to use the things of this life according to his rank. He would not have us try to give a reason for what God does. But, leaving the Lord to clear up all difficulties in his own time, we may cheerfully enjoy the comforts, and bear up under the trials of life; while peace of conscience and joy in the Holy Ghost will abide in us through all outward changes, and when flesh and heart shall fail.
Study Bible
God's Ways are Mysterious
15So I commended pleasure, for there is nothing good for a man under the sun except to eat and to drink and to be merry, and this will stand by him in his toils throughout the days of his life which God has given him under the sun. 16When I gave my heart to know wisdom and to see the task which has been done on the earth (even though one should never sleep day or night), 17and I saw every work of God, I concluded that man cannot discover the work which has been done under the sun. Even though man should seek laboriously, he will not discover; and though the wise man should say, "I know," he cannot discover.…
Cross References
Ecclesiastes 1:13
And I set my mind to seek and explore by wisdom concerning all that has been done under heaven. It is a grievous task which God has given to the sons of men to be afflicted with.

Ecclesiastes 1:14
I have seen all the works which have been done under the sun, and behold, all is vanity and striving after wind.

Ecclesiastes 2:23
Because all his days his task is painful and grievous; even at night his mind does not rest. This too is vanity.
Treasury of Scripture

When I applied my heart to know wisdom, and to see the business that is done on the earth: (for also there is that neither day nor night sees sleep with his eyes:)

when I

Ecclesiastes 8:7 For he knows not that which shall be: for who can tell him when it shall be?

Ecclesiastes 7:25 I applied my heart to know, and to search, and to seek out wisdom, …

there is that

Ecclesiastes 2:23 For all his days are sorrows, and his travail grief; yes, his heart …

Ecclesiastes 4:8 There is one alone, and there is not a second; yes, he has neither …

Ecclesiastes 5:12 The sleep of a laboring man is sweet, whether he eat little or much: …

Genesis 31:40 Thus I was; in the day the drought consumed me, and the frost by …

Psalm 127:2 It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread …

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