Ecclesiastes 2:17
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English Standard Version
So I hated life, because what is done under the sun was grievous to me, for all is vanity and a striving after wind.

King James Bible
Therefore I hated life; because the work that is wrought under the sun is grievous unto me: for all is vanity and vexation of spirit.

American Standard Version
So I hated life, because the work that is wrought under the sun was grievous unto me; for all is vanity and a striving after wind.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And therefore I was weary of my life, when I saw that all things under the sun are evil, and all vanity and vexation of spirit.

English Revised Version
So I hated life; because the work that is wrought under the sun was grievous unto me: for all is vanity and a striving after wind.

Webster's Bible Translation
Therefore I hated life; because the work that is wrought under the sun is grievous to me: for all is vanity and vexation of spirit.

Ecclesiastes 2:17 Parallel
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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

But was this חלק a יתרון - was this gain that fell to him a true, satisfying, pure gain? With the words uphanithi ani he proposes this question, and answers it. פּנה (to turn to) is elsewhere followed by expressions of motion to an end; here, as at Job 6:28, by בּ, by virtue of a constructio praegnans: I turned myself, fixing my attention on all my works which my hands accomplished. La'asoth is, as at Genesis 2:3 (vid., l.c.), equivalent to perficiendo, carrying out, viz., such works of art and of all his labour. The exclamation "behold" introduces the summa summarum. Regardingיתרון, vid., Ecclesiastes 1:3. Also this way of finding out that which was truly good showed itself to be false. Of all this enjoyment, there remained nothing but the feeling of emptiness. What he strove after appeared to him as the wind; the satisfaction he sought to obtain at such an expense was nothing else than a momentary delusion. And since in this search after the true happiness of life he was in a position more favourable for such a purpose than almost any other man, he is constrained to draw the conclusion that there is no יתרון, i.e., no real enduring and true happiness, from all labour under the sun.

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i hated

Numbers 11:15 And if you deal thus with me, kill me, I pray you, out of hand, if I have found favor in your sight...

1 Kings 19:4 But he himself went a day's journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree...

Job 3:20-22 Why is light given to him that is in misery, and life to the bitter in soul...

Job 7:15,16 So that my soul chooses strangling, and death rather than my life...

Job 14:13 O that you would hide me in the grave, that you would keep me secret, until your wrath be past, that you would appoint me a set time...

Jeremiah 20:14-18 Cursed be the day wherein I was born: let not the day wherein my mother bore me be blessed...

Jonah 4:3,8 Therefore now, O LORD, take, I beseech you, my life from me; for it is better for me to die than to live...

Philippians 1:23-25 For I am in a strait between two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better...

work

Ecclesiastes 1:14 I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and, behold, all is vanity and vexation of spirit.

Ecclesiastes 3:16 And moreover I saw under the sun the place of judgment, that wickedness was there; and the place of righteousness...

Ezekiel 3:14 So the spirit lifted me up, and took me away, and I went in bitterness, in the heat of my spirit...

Habakkuk 1:3 Why do you show me iniquity, and cause me to behold grievance? for spoiling and violence are before me...

for

Ecclesiastes 2:11,22 Then I looked on all the works that my hands had worked, and on the labor that I had labored to do: and, behold...

Ecclesiastes 6:9 Better is the sight of the eyes than the wandering of the desire: this is also vanity and vexation of spirit.

Psalm 89:47 Remember how short my time is: why have you made all men in vain?

Cross References
Ecclesiastes 1:14
I have seen everything that is done under the sun, and behold, all is vanity and a striving after wind.

Ecclesiastes 1:17
And I applied my heart to know wisdom and to know madness and folly. I perceived that this also is but a striving after wind.

Ecclesiastes 4:2
And I thought the dead who are already dead more fortunate than the living who are still alive.

Ecclesiastes 4:3
But better than both is he who has not yet been and has not seen the evil deeds that are done under the sun.

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