Ecclesiastes 4:7
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New International Version
Again I saw something meaningless under the sun:

New Living Translation
I observed yet another example of something meaningless under the sun.

English Standard Version
Again, I saw vanity under the sun:

Berean Study Bible
Again, I saw futility under the sun.

New American Standard Bible
Then I looked again at vanity under the sun.

King James Bible
Then I returned, and I saw vanity under the sun.

Christian Standard Bible
Again, I saw futility under the sun:

Contemporary English Version
Once again I saw that nothing on earth makes sense.

Good News Translation
I have noticed something else in life that is useless.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Again, I saw futility under the sun:

International Standard Version
Then I turned to re-examine something else that is pointless on earth:

NET Bible
So I again considered another futile thing on earth:

New Heart English Bible
Then I returned and saw vanity under the sun.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Next, I turned to look at something pointless under the sun:

JPS Tanakh 1917
Then I returned and saw vanity under the sun.

New American Standard 1977
Then I looked again at vanity under the sun.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then I returned, and I saw another vanity under the sun.

King James 2000 Bible
Then I returned, and I saw vanity under the sun.

American King James Version
Then I returned, and I saw vanity under the sun.

American Standard Version
Then I returned and saw vanity under the sun.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Considering I found also another vanity under the sun:

Darby Bible Translation
And I returned and saw vanity under the sun.

English Revised Version
Then I returned and saw vanity under the sun.

Webster's Bible Translation
Then I returned, and I saw vanity under the sun.

World English Bible
Then I returned and saw vanity under the sun.

Young's Literal Translation
And I have turned, and I see a vain thing under the sun:
Study Bible
The Evil of Oppression
6Better one handful with tranquility than two handfuls with toil and pursuit of the wind. 7Again, I saw futility under the sun. 8There is a man all alone, without even a son or brother. And though there is no end to his labor, his eyes are still not content with his wealth: “For whom do I toil and bereave my soul of enjoyment?” This too is futile—a miserable task.…
Cross References
Ecclesiastes 4:6
Better one handful with tranquility than two handfuls with toil and pursuit of the wind.

Ecclesiastes 4:8
There is a man all alone, without even a son or brother. And though there is no end to his labor, his eyes are still not content with his wealth: "For whom do I toil and bereave my soul of enjoyment?" This too is futile--a miserable task.

Treasury of Scripture

Then I returned, and I saw vanity under the sun.

Psalm 78:33 Therefore their days did he consume in vanity, and their years in trouble.

Zechariah 1:6 But my words and my statutes, which I commanded my servants the prophets, …







(7) Then I returned.--The vanity of toil is especially apparent in the case of a solitary man. It is possible, as has been suggested (see Ecclesiastes 2:18), that this may have been the writer's own case. The following verses, which speak of the advantages of friendship and unity, are of a more cheerful tone than the rest of the book.

Verses 7-12. - Thirdly, avarice causes isolation and a sense of insecurity, and brings no satisfaction. Verse 7. - Then I returned. Another reflection serves to confirm the uselessness of human efforts. The vanity under the sun is now avarice, with the evils that accompany it. Then I returned, and I saw vanity under the sun. Another vanity besides what he had taken notice of, and is as follows. Aben Ezra's note is,

"I turned from considering the words of this fool, and I saw another fool, the reverse of the former.'' 7. A vanity described in Ec 4:8.4:7,8 Frequently, the more men have, the more they would have; and on this they are so intent, that they get no enjoyment from what they have. Selfishness is the cause of this evil. A selfish man cares for nobody; there is none to take care of but himself, yet he will scarcely allow necessary rest to himself, and the people he employs. He never thinks he has enough. He has enough for his calling, for his family, but he has not enough for his eyes. Many are so set upon the world, that in pursuit of it they bereave themselves, not only of the favour of God and eternal life, but of the pleasures of this life. The distant relations or strangers who inherit such a man's wealth, never thank him. Covetousness gathers strength by time and habit; men tottering on the brink of the grave, grow more grasping and griping. Alas, and how often do we see men professing to be followers of Him, who, though he was rich, for our sakes became poor, anxiously scraping money together and holding it fast, excusing themselves by common-place talking about the necessity of care, and the danger of extravagance!
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