Ecclesiastes 2:22
New International Version
What do people get for all the toil and anxious striving with which they labor under the sun?

New Living Translation
So what do people get in this life for all their hard work and anxiety?

English Standard Version
What has a man from all the toil and striving of heart with which he toils beneath the sun?

Berean Study Bible
For what does a man get for all the toil and striving with which he labors under the sun?

King James Bible
For what hath man of all his labour, and of the vexation of his heart, wherein he hath laboured under the sun?

New King James Version
For what has man for all his labor, and for the striving of his heart with which he has toiled under the sun?

New American Standard Bible
For what does a person get in all his labor and in his striving with which he labors under the sun?

NASB 1995
For what does a man get in all his labor and in his striving with which he labors under the sun?

NASB 1977
For what does a man get in all his labor and in his striving with which he labors under the sun?

Amplified Bible
For what does a man get from all his labor and from the striving and sorrow of his heart with which he labors under the sun?

Christian Standard Bible
For what does a person get with all his work and all his efforts that he labors at under the sun?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For what does a man get with all his work and all his efforts that he labors at under the sun?

American Standard Version
For what hath a man of all his labor, and of the striving of his heart, wherein he laboreth under the sun?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And what does a son of man have in all his labor and in the desire of his heart which he wrought under the sun?

Brenton Septuagint Translation
For it happens to a man in all his labour, and in the purpose of his heart wherein he labours under the sun.

Contemporary English Version
What do we really gain from all of our hard work?

Douay-Rheims Bible
For what profit shall a man have of all his labour, and vexation of spirit, with which he bath been tormented under the sun?

English Revised Version
For what hath a man of all his labour, and of the striving of his heart, wherein he laboureth under the sun?

Good News Translation
You work and worry your way through life, and what do you have to show for it?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
What do people get from all of their hard work and struggles under the sun?

International Standard Version
For what does a person gain from everything that he accomplishes and from his inner life struggles that he undergoes while working on earth?

JPS Tanakh 1917
For what hath a man of all his labour, and of the striving of his heart, wherein he laboureth under the sun?

Literal Standard Version
For what has been to a man by all his labor, and by the thought of his heart that he labored at under the sun?

NET Bible
What does a man acquire from all his labor and from the anxiety that accompanies his toil on earth?

New Heart English Bible
For what has a man of all his labor, and of the striving of his heart, in which he labors under the sun?

World English Bible
For what has a man of all his labor, and of the striving of his heart, in which he labors under the sun?

Young's Literal Translation
For what hath been to a man by all his labour, and by the thought of his heart that he laboured at under the sun?

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Futility of Work
21When there is a man who has labored with wisdom, knowledge, and skill, and he must give his portion to a man who has not worked for it, this too is futile and a great evil. 22For what does a man get for all the toil and striving with which he labors under the sun? 23Indeed, all his days are filled with grief, and his task is sorrowful; even at night, his mind does not rest. This too is futile.…

Cross References
1 Corinthians 16:16
to submit to such as these, and to every fellow worker and laborer.

Ecclesiastes 1:3
What does a man gain from all his labor, at which he toils under the sun?

Ecclesiastes 2:11
Yet when I considered all the works that my hands had accomplished and what I had toiled to achieve, I found everything to be futile, a pursuit of the wind; there was nothing to be gained under the sun.


Treasury of Scripture

For what has man of all his labor, and of the vexation of his heart, wherein he has labored under the sun?

hath man

Ecclesiastes 1:3
What profit hath a man of all his labour which he taketh under the sun?

Ecclesiastes 3:9
What profit hath he that worketh in that wherein he laboureth?

Ecclesiastes 5:10,11,17
He that loveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver; nor he that loveth abundance with increase: this is also vanity…

and of the

Ecclesiastes 4:6,8
Better is an handful with quietness, than both the hands full with travail and vexation of spirit…

Psalm 127:2
It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep.

Matthew 6:11,25,34
Give us this day our daily bread…









Verse 22. - What hath man of all his labor? i.e. what is to be the result to man? Γίνεται ἐν τῷ ἀνθρώπῳ; (Septuagint); Quidenim proderit homini? (Vulgate). There is, indeed, the pleasure that accompanies the pursuit of objects, and the successful accomplishment of enterprise; but this is poor and unsubstantial and embittered. And of the vexation of his heart; the striving, the effort of his mind to direct his labor to great ends. What does all this produce? The answer intended is," Nothing." This striving, with all its wisdom and knowledge and skill (ver. 21), is for the laborer fruitless.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
For
כִּ֠י (kî)
Conjunction
Strong's 3588: A relative conjunction

what
מֶֽה־ (meh-)
Interrogative
Strong's 4100: What?, what!, indefinitely what

does a man
לָֽאָדָם֙ (lā·’ā·ḏām)
Preposition-l, Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 120: Ruddy, a human being

get
הֹוֶ֤ה (hō·weh)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's 1933: To fall

for all
בְּכָל־ (bə·ḵāl)
Preposition-b | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 3605: The whole, all, any, every

the labor
עֲמָל֔וֹ (‘ă·mā·lōw)
Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's 5999: Toil, wearing effort, worry, wheth, of body, mind

and endeavors
וּבְרַעְי֖וֹן (ū·ḇə·ra‘·yō·wn)
Conjunctive waw, Preposition-b | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 7475: Longing, striving

at which
שֶׁה֥וּא (še·hū)
Pronoun - relative | Pronoun - third person masculine singular
Strong's 1931: He, self, the same, this, that, as, are

he toils
עָמֵ֖ל (‘ā·mêl)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 6001: Toiling, a laborer, sorrowful

under
תַּ֥חַת (ta·ḥaṯ)
Preposition
Strong's 8478: The bottom, below, in lieu of

the sun?
הַשָּֽׁמֶשׁ׃ (haš·šā·meš)
Article | Noun - common singular
Strong's 8121: The sun, the east, a ray, a notched battlement


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