|New International Version (© 2011)|
All their days their work is grief and pain; even at night their minds do not rest. This too is meaningless.
King James Bible
For all his days are sorrows, and his travail grief; yea, his heart taketh not rest in the night. This is also vanity.
American Standard Version
For all his days are but'sorrows, and his travail is grief; yea, even in the night his heart taketh no rest. This also is vanity.
Young's Literal Translation
For all his days are sorrows, and his travail sadness; even at night his heart hath not lain down; this also is vanity.
Ecclesiastes 2:23 Additional TranslationsClarke's Commentary on the Bible
His days are sorrows - What a picture of human life where the heart is not filled with the peace and love of God! All his days are sorrows; all his labors griefs; all his nights restless; for he has no portion but merely what earth can give; and that is embittered by the labor of acquisition, and the disappointment in the using.
This is also vanity - Emptiness of good and substantial misery.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
Genesis 47:9 And Jacob said to Pharaoh, The days of the years of my pilgrimage are an hundred and thirty years...
Job 5:7 Yet man is born to trouble, as the sparks fly upward.
Job 14:1 Man that is born of a woman is of few days and full of trouble.
Psalm 90:7-10,15 For we are consumed by your anger, and by your wrath are we troubled...
Psalm 127:2 It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he gives his beloved sleep.
Ecclesiastes 5:12 The sleep of a laboring man is sweet, whether he eat little or much: but the abundance of the rich will not suffer him to sleep.
Esther 6:1 On that night could not the king sleep, and he commanded to bring the book of records of the chronicles...
Job 7:13,14 When I say, My bed shall comfort me, my couch shall ease my complaints...
Psalm 6:6,7 I am weary with my groaning; all the night make I my bed to swim; I water my couch with my tears...
Psalm 32:4 For day and night your hand was heavy on me: my moisture is turned into the drought of summer. Selah.
Psalm 77:2-4 In the day of my trouble I sought the Lord: my sore ran in the night, and ceased not: my soul refused to be comforted...
Daniel 6:18 Then the king went to his palace, and passed the night fasting: neither were instruments of music brought before him...
Acts 14:22 Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith...
Ecclesiastes 2:23 Parallel CommentariesFull Grief Grievous Heart Labor Mind Night Occupation Pain Painful Pains Purpose Rest Sadness Sorrow Sorrows Task Travail Vanity Vexation WorkFull Grief Grievous Heart Labor Mind Night Occupation Pain Painful Pains Purpose Rest Sadness Sorrow Sorrows Task Travail Vanity Vexation WorkTHE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica®.
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Genesis 3:17 To Adam he said, "Because you listened to your wife and ate fruit from the tree about which I commanded you, 'You must not eat from it,' "Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat food from it all the days of your life.
Job 5:7 Yet man is born to trouble as surely as sparks fly upward.
Job 14:1 "Mortals, born of woman, are of few days and full of trouble.
Psalm 127:2 In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat-- for he grants sleep to those he loves.
Ecclesiastes 1:13 I applied my mind to study and to explore by wisdom all that is done under the heavens. What a heavy burden God has laid on mankind!
Ecclesiastes 1:18 For with much wisdom comes much sorrow; the more knowledge, the more grief.
Ecclesiastes 2:11 Yet when I surveyed all that my hands had done and what I had toiled to achieve, everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind; nothing was gained under the sun.