|New International Version (© 2011)|
For a person may labor with wisdom, knowledge and skill, and then they must leave all they own to another who has not toiled for it. This too is meaningless and a great misfortune.
King James Bible
For there is a man whose labour is in wisdom, and in knowledge, and in equity; yet to a man that hath not laboured therein shall he leave it for his portion. This also is vanity and a great evil.
American Standard Version
For there is a man whose labor is with wisdom, and with knowledge, and with skilfulness; yet to a man that hath not labored therein shall he leave it for his portion. This also is vanity and a great evil.
Young's Literal Translation
For there is a man whose labour is in wisdom, and in knowledge, and in equity, and to a man who hath not laboured therein he giveth it -- his portion! Even this is vanity and a great evil.
Ecclesiastes 2:21 Additional TranslationsClarke's Commentary on the Bible
For there is a man - Does he not allude to himself? As if he had said, "I have labored to cultivate my mind in wisdom and in science, in knowledge of men and things, and have endeavored to establish equity and dispense justice. And now I find I shall leave all the fruits of my labor to a man that hath not labored therein, and consequently cannot prize what I have wrought." Does he not refer to his son Rehoboam?
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Ecclesiastes 2:17,18 Therefore I hated life; because the work that is worked under the sun is grievous to me: for all is vanity and vexation of spirit...
Ecclesiastes 9:18 Wisdom is better than weapons of war: but one sinner destroys much good.
2 Chronicles 31:20,21 And thus did Hezekiah throughout all Judah, and worked that which was good and right and truth before the LORD his God...
2 Chronicles 33:2-9 But did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD, like to the abominations of the heathen...
2 Chronicles 34:2 And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, and walked in the ways of David his father...
2 Chronicles 35:18 And there was no passover like to that kept in Israel from the days of Samuel the prophet...
2 Chronicles 36:5 Jehoiakim was twenty and five years old when he began to reign, and he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem...
Jeremiah 22:15,17 Shall you reign, because you close yourself in cedar? did not your father eat and drink, and do judgment and justice...
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Psalm 49:10 For all can see that the wise die, that the foolish and the senseless also perish, leaving their wealth to others.
Ecclesiastes 2:18 I hated all the things I had toiled for under the sun, because I must leave them to the one who comes after me.
Ecclesiastes 2:20 So my heart began to despair over all my toilsome labor under the sun.
Ecclesiastes 4:4 And I saw that all toil and all achievement spring from one person's envy of another. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind.
Ecclesiastes 4:8 There was a man all alone; he had neither son nor brother. There was no end to his toil, yet his eyes were not content with his wealth. "For whom am I toiling," he asked, "and why am I depriving myself of enjoyment?" This too is meaningless-- a miserable business!