Ecclesiastes 3:10
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English Standard Version
I have seen the business that God has given to the children of man to be busy with.

King James Bible
I have seen the travail, which God hath given to the sons of men to be exercised in it.

American Standard Version
I have seen the travail which God hath given to the sons of men to be exercised therewith.

Douay-Rheims Bible
I have seen the trouble, which God hath given the sons of men to be exercised in it.

English Revised Version
I have seen the travail which God hath given to the sons of men to be exercised therewith.

Webster's Bible Translation
I have seen the labor, which God hath given to the sons of men to be exercised in it.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

"To weep has its time, and to laugh has its time; to mourn has its time, and to dance has its time." It is possible that the author was led by the consonance from livnoth to livkoth, which immediately follows it; but the sequence of the thoughts is at the same time inwardly mediated, for sorrow kills and joy enlivens, Sir. 32:21-24. ספוד is particularly lamentation for the dead, Zechariah 12:10; and רקוד, dancing (in the more modern language the usual word for hholēl, kirkēr, hhāgǎg) at a marriage festival and on other festal occasions.

It is more difficult to say what leads the author to the two following pairs of contrasts: -

Ecclesiastes 3:10 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

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

Ecclesiastes 2:11,22,23 Then I looked on all the works that my hands had worked, and on the labor that I had labored to do: and, behold...

Ecclesiastes 5:16 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?

Proverbs 14:23 In all labor there is profit: but the talk of the lips tends only to penury.

Matthew 16:26 For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?

Cross References
Ecclesiastes 1:13
And I applied my heart to seek and to search out by wisdom all that is done under heaven. It is an unhappy business that God has given to the children of man to be busy with.

Ecclesiastes 2:26
For to the one who pleases him God has given wisdom and knowledge and joy, but to the sinner he has given the business of gathering and collecting, only to give to one who pleases God. This also is vanity and a striving after wind.

Ecclesiastes 11:5
As you do not know the way the spirit comes to the bones in the womb of a woman with child, so you do not know the work of God who makes everything.

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