Ecclesiastes 3:13
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English Standard Version
also that everyone should eat and drink and take pleasure in all his toil—this is God’s gift to man.

King James Bible
And also that every man should eat and drink, and enjoy the good of all his labour, it is the gift of God.

American Standard Version
And also that every man should eat and drink, and enjoy good in all his labor, is the gift of God.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For every man that eateth and drinketh, and seeth good of his labour, this is the gift of God.

English Revised Version
And also that every man should eat and drink, and enjoy good in all his labour, is the gift of God.

Webster's Bible Translation
And also that every man should eat and drink, and enjoy the good of all his labor, it is the gift of God.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

7a. "To rend has its time, and to sew has its time." When evil tidings come, when the tidings of death come, then is the time for rending the garments (2 Samuel 13:31), whether as a spontaneous outbreak of sorrow, or merely as a traditionary custom. - The tempest of the affections, however, passes by, and that which was torn is again sewed together.

Perhaps it is the recollection of great calamities which leads to the following contrasts: -

7b. "To keep silence has its time, and to speak has its time." Severe strokes of adversity turn the mind in quietness back upon itself; and the demeanour most befitting such adversity is silent resignation (cf. 2 Kings 2:3, 2 Kings 2:5). This mediation of the thought is so much the more probable, as in all these contrasts it is not so much the spontaneity of man that comes into view, as the pre-determination and providence of God.

The following contrasts proceed on the view that God has placed us in relations in which it is permitted to us to love, or in which our hatred is stirred up: -

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Ecclesiastes 2:24 There is nothing better for a man, than that he should eat and drink, and that he should make his soul enjoy good in his labor...

Ecclesiastes 5:18-20 Behold that which I have seen: it is good and comely for one to eat and to drink...

Ecclesiastes 6:2 A man to whom God has given riches, wealth, and honor, so that he wants nothing for his soul of all that he desires...

Ecclesiastes 9:7 Go your way, eat your bread with joy, and drink your wine with a merry heart; for God now accepts your works.

Deuteronomy 28:30,31,47,48 You shall betroth a wife, and another man shall lie with her: you shall build an house, and you shall not dwell therein...

Judges 6:3-6 And so it was, when Israel had sown, that the Midianites came up, and the Amalekites, and the children of the east...

Psalm 128:2 For you shall eat the labor of your hands: happy shall you be, and it shall be well with you.

Isaiah 65:21-23 And they shall build houses, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and eat the fruit of them...

Cross References
Deuteronomy 12:7
And there you shall eat before the LORD your God, and you shall rejoice, you and your households, in all that you undertake, in which the LORD your God has blessed you.

Deuteronomy 26:11
And you shall rejoice in all the good that the LORD your God has given to you and to your house, you, and the Levite, and the sojourner who is among you.

Psalm 34:12
What man is there who desires life and loves many days, that he may see good?

Ecclesiastes 2:3
I searched with my heart how to cheer my body with wine--my heart still guiding me with wisdom--and how to lay hold on folly, till I might see what was good for the children of man to do under heaven during the few days of their life.

Ecclesiastes 2:24
There is nothing better for a person than that he should eat and drink and find enjoyment in his toil. This also, I saw, is from the hand of God,

Ecclesiastes 5:19
Everyone also to whom God has given wealth and possessions and power to enjoy them, and to accept his lot and rejoice in his toil--this is the gift of God.

Ecclesiastes 8:15
And I commend joy, for man has nothing better under the sun but to eat and drink and be joyful, for this will go with him in his toil through the days of his life that God has given him under the sun.

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