Ecclesiastes 3:12
Good News Translation
So I realized that all we can do is be happy and do the best we can while we are still alive.

New Revised Standard Version
I know that there is nothing better for them than to be happy and enjoy themselves as long as they live;

Contemporary English Version
I know the best thing we can do is to always enjoy life,

New American Bible
I recognized that there is nothing better than to rejoice and to do well during life.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And I have known that there was no better thing than to rejoice, and to do well in this life.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

And I have known that there was no better thing than to rejoice, and to do well in this life.


Ecclesiastes 3:22 And I have found that nothing is better than for a man to rejoice in his work, and that this is his portion. For who shall bring him to know the things that shall be after him?

Ecclesiastes 9:7-9 Go then, and eat thy bread with joy, and drink thy wine with gladness: because thy works please God. . . .

Deuteronomy 28:63 And as the Lord rejoiced upon you before doing good to you, and multiplying you: so he shall rejoice destroying and bringing you to nought, so that you shall be taken away from the land which thou shalt go in to possess.

Psalm 37:3 Trust in the Lord, and do good, and dwell in the land, and thou shalt be fed with its riches.

Isaiah 64:5 Thou hast met him that rejoiceth, and doth justice: in thy ways they shall remember thee: behold thou art angry, and we have sinned: in them we have been always, and we shall be saved.

Luke 11:41 But yet that which remaineth, give alms: and behold, all things are clean unto you.

Acts 20:35 I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring you ought to support the weak and to remember the word of the Lord Jesus, how he said: It is a more blessed thing to give, rather than to receive.

Philippians 4:4-9 Rejoice in the Lord always: again, I say, rejoice. . . .

1 Thessalonians 5:15,16 See that none render evil for evil to any man: but ever follow that which is good towards each other and towards all men. . . .

1 Timothy 6:18 To do good, to be rich in good work, to give easily, to communicate to others,

God's Works Remain Forever
11He hath made all things good in their time, and hath delivered the world to their consideration, so that man cannot find out the work which God hath made from the beginning to the end. 12And I have known that there was no better thing than to rejoice, and to do well in this life.13For every man that eateth and drinketh, and seeth good of his labour, this is the gift of God.…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 12:7
And you shall eat there in the sight of the Lord your God: and you shall rejoice in all things, whereunto you shall put your hand, you and your houses wherein the Lord your God hath blessed you.

Deuteronomy 12:18
But thou shalt eat them before the Lord thy God in the place which the Lord thy God shall choose, thou and thy son and thy daughter, and thy manservant, and maidservant, and the Levite that dwelleth in thy cities: and thou shalt rejoice and be refreshed before the Lord thy God in all things, whereunto thou shalt put thy hand.

Deuteronomy 26:11
And thou shalt feast in all the good things which the Lord thy God hath given thee, and thy house, thou and the Levite, and the stranger that is with thee.

Ecclesiastes 2:3
I thought in my heart, to withdraw my flesh from wine, that I might turn my mind to wisdom, and might avoid folly, till I might see what was profitable for the children of men: and what they ought to do under the sun, all the days of their life.

Ecclesiastes 2:24
Is it not better to eat and drink, and to shew his soul good things of his labours? and this is from the hand of God.

Ecclesiastes 8:15
Therefore I commended mirth, because there was no good for a man under the sun, but to eat, and drink, and be merry, and that he should take nothing else with him of his labour in the days of his life, which God hath given him under the sun.

Ecclesiastes 3:11
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