Ecclesiastes 3:10
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New International Version
I have seen the burden God has laid on the human race.

New Living Translation
I have seen the burden God has placed on us all.

English Standard Version
I have seen the business that God has given to the children of man to be busy with.

Berean Study Bible
I have seen the burden that God has laid on men to occupy them.

New American Standard Bible
I have seen the task which God has given the sons of men with which to occupy themselves.

King James Bible
I have seen the travail, which God hath given to the sons of men to be exercised in it.

Christian Standard Bible
I have seen the task that God has given the children of Adam to keep them occupied.

Contemporary English Version
I have seen what difficult things God demands of us.

Good News Translation
I know the heavy burdens that God has laid on us.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I have seen the task that God has given people to keep them occupied.

International Standard Version
I have observed the burdens placed by God on human beings in order to perfect them.

NET Bible
I have observed the burden that God has given to people to keep them occupied.

New Heart English Bible
I have seen the burden which God has given to the sons of men to be afflicted with.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I have seen mortals weighed down with a burden that God has placed on them.

JPS Tanakh 1917
I have seen the task which God hath given to the sons of men to be exercised therewith.

New American Standard 1977
I have seen the task which God has given the sons of men with which to occupy themselves.

Jubilee Bible 2000
I have seen the travail which God has given to the sons of men that they may be occupied in it.

King James 2000 Bible
I have seen the task, which God has given to the sons of men to be occupied in it.

American King James Version
I have seen the travail, which God has given to the sons of men to be exercised in it.

American Standard Version
I have seen the travail which God hath given to the sons of men to be exercised therewith.

Douay-Rheims Bible
I have seen the trouble, which God hath given 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.

English Revised Version
I have seen the travail which God hath given to the sons of men to be exercised therewith.

Webster's Bible Translation
I have seen the labor, which God hath given to the sons of men to be exercised in it.

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.
Study Bible
God's Works Remain Forever
9What does the worker gain from his toil? 10I have seen the burden that God has laid on men to occupy them. 11He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men, yet they cannot fathom the work God has done from beginning to end.…
Cross References
Ecclesiastes 1:13
And I set my mind to seek and explore by wisdom all that is done under heaven. What a heavy burden God has laid on the sons of men, to keep them occupied!

Ecclesiastes 2:26
To the man who is pleasing in His sight, He gives wisdom and knowledge and joy, but to the sinner He assigns the task of gathering and accumulating that which he will hand over to one who pleases God. This too is futile and a pursuit of the wind.

Ecclesiastes 11:5
As you do not know the path of the wind, or how the bones are formed in a mother's womb, so you cannot understand the work of God, the Maker of all things.

Treasury of Scripture

I have seen the travail, which God has given to the sons of men to be exercised in it.

Ecclesiastes 1:3 What profit has a man of all his labor which he takes under the sun?

Ecclesiastes 2:11,22,23 Then I looked on all the works that my hands had worked, and on the …

Ecclesiastes 5:16 And this also is a sore evil, that in all points as he came, so shall …

Proverbs 14:23 In all labor there is profit: but the talk of the lips tends only to penury.

Matthew 16:26 For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and …







Verses 10-15. - There is a plan and system in all the circumstances of man's life; he feels this instinctively, but he cannot comprehend it. His duty is to make the best of the present, and to recognize the immutability of the law that governs all things. Verse 10. - I have seen the travail which God hath given to the sons of men to be exercised in it; i.e. to busy themselves therewith (Ecclesiastes 1:13). This travail, exercise, or business is the work that has to be done under the conditions prescribed of time and season in face of the difficulty of man's free action and God's ordering. We take infinite pains, we entertain ample desires, and strive restlessly to carry them out, but our efforts are controlled by a higher law, and results occur in the way and at the time arranged by Providence. Human labor, though it is appointed by God and is part of man's heritage imposed upon him by the Fall (Genesis 3:17, etc.), cannot bring contentment or satisfy the spirit's cravings. I have seen the travail which God hath given to the sons of men,.... The pains and trouble they are at to get a little wisdom and knowledge, Ecclesiastes 1:13; and so to obtain riches and honour, peace and plenty, which sometimes they do obtain, and sometimes not; and when they do, do not keep them long, for there is a time for everything. This the wise man had observed, in a variety of instances; and he considered the end of God in it, which was for men

to be exercised in it, or "by it"; or "to afflict" or "humble them by it" (l); to let them see that all their toil and labour signified little; all depended on a divine blessing, and no happiness was to be had in the creatures; all was vanity and vexation of spirit; See Gill on Ecclesiastes 1:13.

(l) "ad affligendum se in ea", Montanus; "ut eos adfligat in ea, sc. per eam", Rambachius; "ut ea redderet humiles", Tigurine version. 10. (See on [656]Ec 1:13).3:1-10 To expect unchanging happiness in a changing world, must end in disappointment. To bring ourselves to our state in life, is our duty and wisdom in this world. God's whole plan for the government of the world will be found altogether wise, just, and good. Then let us seize the favourable opportunity for every good purpose and work. The time to die is fast approaching. Thus labour and sorrow fill the world. This is given us, that we may always have something to do; none were sent into the world to be idle.
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