Ecclesiastes 3:9
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English Standard Version
What gain has the worker from his toil?

King James Bible
What profit hath he that worketh in that wherein he laboureth?

American Standard Version
What profit hath he that worketh in that wherein he laboreth?

Douay-Rheims Bible
What hath man more of his labour?

English Revised Version
What profit hath he that worketh in that wherein he laboureth?

Webster's Bible Translation
What profit hath he that worketh in that in which he laboreth?

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

"To put to death has its time, and to heal has its time; to pull down has its time, and to build has its time." That harog (to kill) is placed over against "to heal," Hitzig explains by the remark that harog does not here include the full consequences of the act, and is fitly rendered by "to wound." But "to put to death" is nowhere equals "nearly to put to death," - one who is harug is not otherwise to be healed than by resurrection from the dead, Ezekiel 37:6. The contrast has no need for such ingenuity to justify it. The striking down of a sound life stands in contrast to the salvation of an endangered life by healing, and this in many situations of life, particularly in war, in the administration of justice, and in the defence of innocence against murder or injury, may be fitting. Since the author does not present these details from a moral point of view, the time here is not that which is morally right, but that which, be it morally right or not, has been determined by God, the Governor of the world and Former of history, who makes even that which is evil subservient to His plan. With the two pairs of γένεσις καὶ φθορά there are two others associated in Ecclesiastes 3:3; with that, having reference, 2b, to the vegetable world, there here corresponds one referring to buildings; to פּרוץ (synon. הרוס, Jeremiah 1:10) stands opposed בּנות (which is more than גּדור), as at 2 Chronicles 32:5.

These contrasts between existence and non-existence are followed by contrasts within the limits of existence itself: -

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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
1 Corinthians 16:16
be subject to such as these, and to every fellow worker and laborer.

Ecclesiastes 1:3
What does man gain by all the toil at which he toils under the sun?

Ecclesiastes 2:11
Then I considered all that my hands had done and the toil I had expended in doing it, and behold, all was vanity and a striving after wind, and there was nothing to be gained under the sun.

Ecclesiastes 5:16
This also is a grievous evil: just as he came, so shall he go, and what gain is there to him who toils for the wind?

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