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 labor and endeavors at which he toils under the sun?

New American Standard Bible
For what does a man get in all his labor and in his 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?

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

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

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

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?

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?

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?

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

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?

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

Jubilee Bible 2000
For what does man have of all his labour and of the vexation of his heart in which he has laboured under the sun?

King James 2000 Bible
For what has man for all his labor, and for the striving of his heart, with which he has labored under the sun?

American King James Version
For what has man of all his labor, and of the vexation of his heart, wherein he has labored 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?

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.

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?

Darby Bible Translation
For what will man have of all his labour and of the striving of his heart, wherewith he hath wearied himself 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?

Webster's Bible Translation
For what hath man of all his labor, and of the vexation of his heart, in which he hath labored 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?
Study Bible
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 labor and endeavors at which he toils 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…







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

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

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

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

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

the labor
עֲמָל֔וֹ (‘ă·mā·lōw)
Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 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 Hebrew 7475: Longing, striving

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

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

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

the sun?
הַשָּֽׁמֶשׁ׃ (haš·šā·meš)
Article | Noun - common singular
Strong's Hebrew 8121: The sun, the east, a ray, a notched battlement
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. 2:18-26 Our hearts are very loth to quit their expectations of great things from the creature; but Solomon came to this at length. The world is a vale of tears, even to those that have much of it. See what fools they are, who make themselves drudges to the world, which affords a man nothing better than subsistence for the body. And the utmost he can attain in this respect is to allow himself a sober, cheerful use thereof, according to his rank and condition. But we must enjoy good in our labour; we must use those things to make us diligent and cheerful in worldly business. And this is the gift of God. Riches are a blessing or a curse to a man, according as he has, or has not, a heart to make a good use of them. To those that are accepted of the Lord, he gives joy and satisfaction in the knowledge and love of him. But to the sinner he allots labour, sorrow, vanity, and vexation, in seeking a worldly portion, which yet afterwards comes into better hands. Let the sinner seriously consider his latter end. To seek a lasting portion in the love of Christ and the blessings it bestows, is the only way to true and satisfying enjoyment even of this present world.
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