Ecclesiastes 6:8
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English Standard Version
For what advantage has the wise man over the fool? And what does the poor man have who knows how to conduct himself before the living?

King James Bible
For what hath the wise more than the fool? what hath the poor, that knoweth to walk before the living?

American Standard Version
For what advantage hath the wise more than the fool? or what hath the poor man, that knoweth how to walk before the living?

Douay-Rheims Bible
What hath the wise man more than the fool? and what the poor man, but to go thither, where there is life?

English Revised Version
For what advantage hath the wise more than the fool? or what hath the poor man, that knoweth to walk before the living?

Webster's Bible Translation
For what hath the wise more than the fool? what hath the poor, that knoweth to walk before the living?

Ecclesiastes 6:8 Parallel
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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

To עשׁר וּנך, as at 2 Chronicles 1:11, וך and honour is added as a third thing. What follows we do not translate: "and there is nothing wanting ... ;" for that איננּוּ with the pleonastic suff. may mean: "there is not," is not to be proved from Genesis 39:9, thus: and he spares not for his soul (lxx καὶ οὐκ κ.τ.λ) what he always desires. חסר is adj. in the sense of wanting, lacking, as at 1 Samuel 21:1-15 :16; 1 Kings 11:22; Proverbs 12:9. לנפשׁו, "for his soul," i.e., his person, is equals the synon. לעצמו found in the later usage of the language; מן (different from the min, Ecclesiastes 4:8) is, as at Genesis 6:2, partitive. The נכרי, to whom this considerable estate, satisfying every wish, finally comes, is certainly not the legal heir (for that he enters into possession, in spite of the uncertainty of his moral character, Ecclesiastes 2:19, would be in itself nothing less than a misfortune, yet perfectly in order, Ecclesiastes 5:13 [14]), but some stranger without any just claim, not directly a foreigner (Heiligst.), but, as Burger explains: talis qui proprie nullum habet jus in bona ejus cui נכרי dicitur (cf. נכריּה of the unmarried wife in the Book of Proverbs).

That wealth without enjoyment is nothing but vanity and an evil disease, the author now shows by introducing another historical figure, and thereby showing that life without enjoyment is worse than never to have come into existence at all:

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what hath the wise

Ecclesiastes 2:14-16 The wise man's eyes are in his head; but the fool walks in darkness: and I myself perceived also that one event happens to them all...

Ecclesiastes 5:11 When goods increase, they are increased that eat them: and what good is there to the owners thereof...

the poor

Genesis 17:1 And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said to him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me...

Psalm 101:2 I will behave myself wisely in a perfect way. O when will you come to me? I will walk within my house with a perfect heart.

Psalm 116:9 I will walk before the LORD in the land of the living.

Proverbs 19:1 Better is the poor that walks in his integrity, than he that is perverse in his lips, and is a fool.

Luke 1:6 And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless.

1 Timothy 6:17 Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not high minded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God...

Cross References
Ecclesiastes 2:15
Then I said in my heart, "What happens to the fool will happen to me also. Why then have I been so very wise?" And I said in my heart that this also is vanity.

Ecclesiastes 6:9
Better is the sight of the eyes than the wandering of the appetite: this also is vanity and a striving after wind.

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