Ecclesiastes 3:9
New International Version
What do workers gain from their toil?

New Living Translation
What do people really get for all their hard work?

English Standard Version
What gain has the worker from his toil?

Berean Study Bible
What does the worker gain from his toil?

King James Bible
What profit hath he that worketh in that wherein he laboureth?

New King James Version
What profit has the worker from that in which he labors?

New American Standard Bible
What benefit is there for the worker from that in which he labors?

NASB 1995
What profit is there to the worker from that in which he toils?

NASB 1977
What profit is there to the worker from that in which he toils?

Amplified Bible
What profit is there for the worker from that in which he labors?

Christian Standard Bible
What does the worker gain from his struggles?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
What does the worker gain from his struggles?

American Standard Version
What profit hath he that worketh in that wherein he laboreth?

Brenton Septuagint Translation
What advantage has he that works in those things wherein he labours?

Contemporary English Version
What do we gain by all our hard work?

Douay-Rheims Bible
What hath man more of his labour?

English Revised Version
What profit hath he that worketh in that wherein he laboureth?

Good News Translation
What do we gain from all our work?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
What do working people gain from their hard labor?

International Standard Version
What benefit does the worker gain from what he undertakes?

JPS Tanakh 1917
What profit hath he that worketh in that he laboureth?

Literal Standard Version
What advantage does the doer have in that which he is laboring at?

NET Bible
What benefit can a worker gain from his toil?

New Heart English Bible
What profit has he who works in that in which he labors?

World English Bible
What profit has he who works in that in which he labors?

Young's Literal Translation
What advantage hath the doer in that which he is labouring at?

Additional Translations ...
Study Bible
God's Works Remain Forever
9What does the worker gain from his toil? 10I have seen the burden that God has laid upon the sons of men to occupy them.…

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.

Ecclesiastes 5:16
This too is a grievous evil: Exactly as a man is born, so he will depart. What does he gain as he toils for the wind?


Treasury of Scripture

What profit has he that works in that wherein he labors?

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

Ecclesiastes 2:11,22,23
Then I looked on all the works that my hands had wrought, and on the labour that I had laboured to do: and, behold, all was vanity and vexation of spirit, and there was no profit under the sun…

Ecclesiastes 5:16
And this also is a sore evil, that in all points as he came, so shall he go: and what profit hath he that hath laboured for the wind?









Verse 9. - If thus man, in all his actions and under all circumstances, depends upon time and seasons which are beyond his control, we return to the same desponding question already asked in Ecclesiastes 1:3. What profit hath he that worketh in that wherein he laboreth? The preceding enumeration leads up to this question, to which the answer is "None." Since time and tide wait for no man, since man cannot know for certain his opportunity, he cannot reckon on reaping any advantage from his labor.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Lexicon
What
מַה־ (mah-)
Interrogative
Strong's Hebrew 4100: What?, what!, indefinitely what

does the worker
הָֽעוֹשֶׂ֔ה (hā·‘ō·w·śeh)
Article | Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6213: To do, make

gain
יִּתְרוֹן֙ (yiṯ·rō·wn)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 3504: Preeminence, gain

from his
ה֥וּא (hū)
Pronoun - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1931: He, self, the same, this, that, as, are

toil?
עָמֵֽל׃ (‘ā·mêl)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6001: Toiling, a laborer, sorrowful


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