|New Living Translation (© 2007)|
What do people get for all their hard work under the sun?
King James Bible
What profit hath a man of all his labour which he taketh under the sun?
American Standard Version
What profit hath man of all his labor wherein he laboreth under the sun?
Young's Literal Translation
What advantage is to man by all his labour that he laboureth at under the sun?
Ecclesiastes 1:3 Additional TranslationsWesley's Notes on the Bible
1:3 What profit - What real and abiding benefit? None at all. All is unprofitable as to the attainment of that happiness which all men are enquiring after. His labour - Heb. his toilsome labour, both of body and mind in the pursuit of riches, or pleasures, or other earthly things. Under the sun - In all worldly matters, which are usually transacted in the day time, or by the light of the sun. By this restriction he implies that the happiness which in vain is sought for in this lower world, is really to be found in heavenly places and things.
Ecclesiastes 1:3 Parallel CommentariesAdvantage Gain Labor Laboureth Profit Profited Sun Toil Toils Wherein Wherewith WorkAdvantage Gain Labor Laboureth Profit Profited Sun Toil Toils Wherein Wherewith WorkThe Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188.
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1 Corinthians 16:16 to submit to them and others like them who serve with such devotion.
Ecclesiastes 2:11 But as I looked at everything I had worked so hard to accomplish, it was all so meaningless--like chasing the wind. There was nothing really worthwhile anywhere.
Ecclesiastes 2:18 I came to hate all my hard work here on earth, for I must leave to others everything I have earned.
Ecclesiastes 2:22 So what do people get in this life for all their hard work and anxiety?
Ecclesiastes 3:9 What do people really get for all their hard work?
Ecclesiastes 5:16 And this, too, is a very serious problem. People leave this world no better off than when they came. All their hard work is for nothing--like working for the wind.