|New International Version (© 2011)|
Enjoy life with your wife, whom you love, all the days of this meaningless life that God has given you under the sun--all your meaningless days. For this is your lot in life and in your toilsome labor under the sun.
King James Bible
Live joyfully with the wife whom thou lovest all the days of the life of thy vanity, which he hath given thee under the sun, all the days of thy vanity: for that is thy portion in this life, and in thy labour which thou takest under the sun.
American Standard Version
Live joyfully with the wife whom thou lovest all the days of thy life of vanity, which he hath given thee under the sun, all thy days of vanity: for that is thy portion in life, and in thy labor wherein thou laborest under the sun.
Young's Literal Translation
See life with the wife whom thou hast loved, all the days of the life of thy vanity, that He hath given to thee under the sun, all the days of thy vanity, for it is thy portion in life, even of thy labour that thou art labouring at under the sun.
Ecclesiastes 9:9 Additional TranslationsClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Live joyfully with the wife whom thou lovest - Marry prudently, keep faithfully attached to the wife thou hast chosen, and rejoice in the labor of thy hands.
Some understand this as the words of the libertine objector: "Live joyfully with the woman whom thou lovest best." But this does not comport so well with the scope of the place.
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live joyfully with the wife
Proverbs 5:18,19 Let your fountain be blessed: and rejoice with the wife of your youth...
Proverbs 18:22 Whoever finds a wife finds a good thing, and obtains favor of the LORD.
Proverbs 19:14 House and riches are the inheritance of fathers: and a prudent wife is from the LORD.
Malachi 2:15 And did not he make one? Yet had he the residue of the spirit. And why one? That he might seek a godly seed...
all the days of his life
Ecclesiastes 6:12 For who knows what is good for man in this life, all the days of his vain life which he spends as a shadow?...
Psalm 39:5 Behold, you have made my days as an handbreadth; and my age is as nothing before you...
Psalm 144:4 Man is like to vanity: his days are as a shadow that passes away.
Ecclesiastes 2:10,24 And whatever my eyes desired I kept not from them, I withheld not my heart from any joy; for my heart rejoiced in all my labor...
Ecclesiastes 3:13,22 And also that every man should eat and drink, and enjoy the good of all his labor, it is the gift of God...
Ecclesiastes 5:18 Behold that which I have seen: it is good and comely for one to eat and to drink...
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Proverbs 5:18 May your fountain be blessed, and may you rejoice in the wife of your youth.
Ecclesiastes 2:10 I denied myself nothing my eyes desired; I refused my heart no pleasure. My heart took delight in all my labor, and this was the reward for all my toil.
Ecclesiastes 6:12 For who knows what is good for a person in life, during the few and meaningless days they pass through like a shadow? Who can tell them what will happen under the sun after they are gone?
Ecclesiastes 7:15 In this meaningless life of mine I have seen both of these: the righteous perishing in their righteousness, and the wicked living long in their wickedness.