Ecclesiastes 5:16
New International Version
This too is a grievous evil: As everyone comes, so they depart, and what do they gain, since they toil for the wind?

New Living Translation
And this, too, is a very serious problem. People leave this world no better off than when they came. All their hard work is for nothing—like working for the wind.

English Standard Version
This also is a grievous evil: just as he came, so shall he go, and what gain is there to him who toils for the wind?

Berean Study Bible
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?

New American Standard Bible
This also is a grievous evil-- exactly as a man is born, thus will he die. So what is the advantage to him who toils for the wind?

King James Bible
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?

Christian Standard Bible
This too is a sickening tragedy: exactly as he comes, so he will go. What does the one gain who struggles for the wind?

Contemporary English Version
That's terribly unfair. They leave the world just as they came. They gained nothing from running after the wind.

Good News Translation
It isn't right! We go just as we came. We labor, trying to catch the wind, and what do we get?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
This too is a sickening tragedy: exactly as he comes, so he will go. What does the one gain who struggles for the wind?

International Standard Version
This is also a painful tragedy: However a person comes, he also departs; so what does he gain as he labors after the wind?

NET Bible
This is another misfortune: Just as he came, so will he go. What did he gain from toiling for the wind?

New Heart English Bible
This also is a grievous evil, that in all points as he came, so shall he go. And what profit does he have who labors for the wind?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
This also is a painful tragedy: They leave exactly as they came. What advantage do they gain from working so hard for the wind?

JPS Tanakh 1917
And this also is a grievous evil, that in all points as he came, so shall he go; and what profit hath he that he laboureth for the wind?

New American Standard 1977
And this also is a grievous evil—exactly as a man is born, thus will he die. So, what is the advantage to him who toils for the wind?

Jubilee Bible 2000
And this also is a sore evil; that in all points as he came, so shall he go; and what profit has he that has laboured for the wind?

King James 2000 Bible
And this also is a great evil, that just as he came, so shall he go: and what profit has he who has labored for the wind?

American King James Version
And this also is a sore evil, that in all points as he came, so shall he go: and what profit has he that has labored for the wind?

American Standard Version
And this also is a grievous evil, that in all points as he came, so shall he go: and what profit hath he that he laboreth for the wind?

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And this is also an evil infirmity: for as he came, so also shall he return: and what is his gain, for which he vainly labours?

Douay-Rheims Bible
A most deplorable evil: as he came, so shall he return. What then doth it profit him that he hath laboured for the wind?

Darby Bible Translation
And this also is a grievous evil, that in all points as he came so doth he go away, and what profit hath he, in having laboured for the wind?

English Revised Version
And this also is a grievous evil, that in all points as he came, so shall he go: and what profit hath he that he laboureth for the wind?

Webster's Bible Translation
And this also is a grievous evil, that in all points as he came, so shall he go: and what profit hath he that hath labored for the wind?

World English Bible
This also is a grievous evil, that in all points as he came, so shall he go. And what profit does he have who labors for the wind?

Young's Literal Translation
And this also is a painful evil, just as he came, so he goeth, and what advantage is to him who laboureth for wind?
Study Bible
The Futility of Wealth
15As a man came from his mother’s womb, so he will depart again, naked as he arrived. He takes nothing for his labor to carry in his hands. 16This 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? 17Moreover, all his days he eats in darkness, with much sorrow, sickness, and anger.…
Cross References
1 Corinthians 16:16
to submit to such as these, and to every fellow worker and laborer.

Proverbs 11:29
He who brings trouble on his house will inherit the wind, and the fool will be servant to the wise of heart.

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 3:9
What does the worker gain from his toil?

Treasury of Scripture

And this also is a sore evil, that in all points as he came, so shall he go: and what profit has he that has labored for the wind?

a sore

Ecclesiastes 5:13
There is a sore evil which I have seen under the sun, namely, riches kept for the owners thereof to their hurt.

Ecclesiastes 2:22,23
For what hath man of all his labour, and of the vexation of his heart, wherein he hath laboured under the sun? …

what

1 Samuel 12:21
And turn ye not aside: for then should ye go after vain things, which cannot profit nor deliver; for they are vain.

Jeremiah 2:8
The priests said not, Where is the LORD? and they that handle the law knew me not: the pastors also transgressed against me, and the prophets prophesied by Baal, and walked after things that do not profit.

Mark 8:36
For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?

for

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

Proverbs 11:29
He that troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind: and the fool shall be servant to the wise of heart.

Isaiah 26:18
We have been with child, we have been in pain, we have as it were brought forth wind; we have not wrought any deliverance in the earth; neither have the inhabitants of the world fallen.







Lexicon
This
זֹה֙ (zōh)
Pronoun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2090: This, that

too
וְגַם־ (wə·ḡam-)
Conjunctive waw | Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 1571: Assemblage, also, even, yea, though, both, and

is a grievous
חוֹלָ֔ה (ḥō·w·lāh)
Verb - Qal - Participle - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2470: To be weak or sick

evil:
רָעָ֣ה (rā·‘āh)
Adjective - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7451: Bad, evil

Exactly as
כָּל־ (kāl-)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 3605: The whole, all, any, every

a man is born,
שֶׁבָּ֖א (šeb·bā)
Pronoun - relative | Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 935: To come in, come, go in, go

so
כֵּ֣ן (kên)
Adverb
Strong's Hebrew 3651: So -- thus

he will depart.
יֵלֵ֑ךְ (yê·lêḵ)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1980: To go, come, walk

What
וּמַה־ (ū·mah-)
Conjunctive waw | Interrogative
Strong's Hebrew 4100: What?, what!, indefinitely what

does he gain
יִּתְר֣וֹן (yiṯ·rō·wn)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3504: Preeminence, gain

as he toils
שֶֽׁיַּעֲמֹ֖ל (še·ya·‘ă·mōl)
Pronoun - relative | Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5998: To toil, work severely and with irksomeness

for the wind?
לָרֽוּחַ׃ (lā·rū·aḥ)
Preposition-l, Article | Noun - common singular
Strong's Hebrew 7307: Wind, breath, exhalation, life, anger, unsubstantiality, a region of the sky, spirit
Verse 16. - This also is a sore evil. The thought of ver. 15 is emphatically repeated. In all points as he came; i.e. naked, helpless. And what profit hath he that laboreth for the wind? The answer is emphatically "nothing." We have had similar questions in Ecclesiastes 1:3; Ecclesiastes 2:22; Ecclesiastes 3:9. To labor for the wind is to toil with no result, like the "feeding on wind, pursuing of vanity," which is the key-note of the book. The wind is the type of all that is empty, delusive, unsubstantial. In Proverbs 11:29 we have the phrase, "to inherit the wind." Job calls futile arguments "words of wind" (Job 16:3; Job 15:2). Thus the Greek proverb Ἀνέμους θ᾿ρᾶν ἐν δικτύος to try to catch the wind:" and the Latin, "Ventos pascere," and "Ventos colere "(see Erasmus, 'Adag.,' s.v. "Inanis opera"). Septuagint, Καὶ τίς ἡ περίσσεια αὐτοῦ η΅ι μοχθεῖ εἰς ἄνεμον; "And what is his gain for which he labors for the wind?" 5:9-17 The goodness of Providence is more equally distributed than appears to a careless observer. The king needs the common things of life, and the poor share them; they relish their morsel better than he does his luxuries. There are bodily desires which silver itself will not satisfy, much less will worldly abundance satisfy spiritual desires. The more men have, the better house they must keep, the more servants they must employ, the more guests they must entertain, and the more they will have hanging on them. The sleep of the labourer is sweet, not only because he is tired, but because he has little care to break his sleep. The sleep of the diligent Christian, and his long sleep, are sweet; having spent himself and his time in the service of God, he can cheerfully repose in God as his Rest. But those who have every thing else, often fail to secure a good night's sleep; their abundance breaks their rest. Riches do hurt, and draw away the heart from God and duty. Men do hurt with their riches, not only gratifying their own lusts, but oppressing others, and dealing hardly with them. They will see that they have laboured for the wind, when, at death, they find the profit of their labour is all gone like the wind, they know not whither. How ill the covetous worldling bears the calamities of human life! He does not sorrow to repentance, but is angry at the providence of God, angry at all about him; which doubles his affliction.
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