New Living Translation
So I concluded there is nothing better than to be happy and enjoy ourselves as long as we can.
King James Bible
I know that there is no good in them, but for a man to rejoice, and to do good in his life.
Darby Bible Translation
I know that there is nothing good for them but to rejoice and to do well in their life;
World English Bible
I know that there is nothing better for them than to rejoice, and to do good as long as they live.
Young's Literal Translation
I have known that there is no good for them except to rejoice and to do good during their life,
Ecclesiastes 3:12 Parallel
CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
3:12 Them - In creatures or worldly enjoyments. To do good - To employ them in acts of charity and liberality.
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There you and your families will feast in the presence of the LORD your God, and you will rejoice in all you have accomplished because the LORD your God has blessed you.
You must eat these in the presence of the LORD your God at the place he will choose. Eat them there with your children, your servants, and the Levites who live in your towns, celebrating in the presence of the LORD your God in all you do.
Afterward you may go and celebrate because of all the good things the LORD your God has given to you and your household. Remember to include the Levites and the foreigners living among you in the celebration.
After much thought, I decided to cheer myself with wine. And while still seeking wisdom, I clutched at foolishness. In this way, I tried to experience the only happiness most people find during their brief life in this world.
So I decided there is nothing better than to enjoy food and drink and to find satisfaction in work. Then I realized that these pleasures are from the hand of God.
So I recommend having fun, because there is nothing better for people in this world than to eat, drink, and enjoy life. That way they will experience some happiness along with all the hard work God gives them under the sun.
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