New Living Translation
I have seen the burden God has placed on us all.
King James Bible
I have seen the travail, which God hath given to the sons of men to be exercised in it.
Darby Bible Translation
I have seen the travail that God hath given to the sons of men to toil in.
World English Bible
I have seen the burden which God has given to the sons of men to be afflicted with.
Young's Literal Translation
I have seen the travail that God hath given to the sons of man to be humbled by it.
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CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
3:10 Seen - I have diligently observed mens various employments, and the different successes of them. Hath given - Which God hath imposed upon men as their duty; to which therefore men ought quickly to submit. Exercised - That hereby they might have constant matter of exercise for their diligence, and patience, and submission to God's will and providence.
Of Self-Annihilation Supplication and sacrifice are comprehended in prayer, which, according to S. John, is "an incense, the smoke whereof ascendeth unto God;" therefore it is said in the Apocalypse that "unto the Angel was given much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all Saints'' (Chap. viii. 3). Prayer is the effusion of the heart in the Presence of God: "I have poured out my soul before God" saith the mother of Samuel. (1 Sam. i. 15) The prayer of the wise men at the feet of …
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The Lapse of Time.
"For they that are after the Flesh do Mind,"
I devoted myself to search for understanding and to explore by wisdom everything being done under heaven. I soon discovered that God has dealt a tragic existence to the human race.
God gives wisdom, knowledge, and joy to those who please him. But if a sinner becomes wealthy, God takes the wealth away and gives it to those who please him. This, too, is meaningless--like chasing the wind.
Just as you cannot understand the path of the wind or the mystery of a tiny baby growing in its mother's womb, so you cannot understand the activity of God, who does all things.
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