Ecclesiastes 6:7
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English Standard Version
All the toil of man is for his mouth, yet his appetite is not satisfied.

King James Bible
All the labour of man is for his mouth, and yet the appetite is not filled.

American Standard Version
All the labor of man is for his mouth, and yet the appetite is not filled.

Douay-Rheims Bible
All the labour of man is for his mouth, but his soul shall not be filled.

English Revised Version
All the labour of man is for his mouth, and yet the appetite is not filled.

Webster's Bible Translation
All the labor of man is for his mouth, and yet the appetite is not filled.

Ecclesiastes 6:7 Parallel
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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

"There is an evil which I have seen under the sun, and in great weight it lies upon man: a man to whom God giveth riches, and treasures, and honour, and he wanteth nothing for his soul of all that he may wish, but God giveth him not power to have enjoyment of it, for a strange man hath the enjoyment: that is vanity and an evil disease." The author presents the result of personal observation; but inasmuch as he relates it in the second tense, he generalizes the matter, and places it scenically before the eyes of the reader. A similar introduction with ישׁ, but without the unnecessary asher, is found at Ecclesiastes 5:12; Ecclesiastes 10:5. Regarding בּה, vid., under Ecclesiastes 8:6; על does not denote the subj., as at Ecclesiastes 2:17 : it appears great to a man, but it has its nearest lying local meaning; it is a great (Ecclesiastes 2:21) evil, pressing in its greatness heavily upon man. The evil is not the man himself, but the condition in which he is placed, as when, e.g., the kingdom of heaven is compared to a merchant (Matthew 13:45.), - not the merchant in himself, but his conduct and life is a figure of the kingdom of heaven.

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the labour

Genesis 3:17-19 And to Adam he said, Because you have listened to the voice of your wife, and have eaten of the tree, of which I commanded you, saying...

Proverbs 16:26 He that labors labors for himself; for his mouth craves it of him.

Matthew 6:25 Therefore I say to you, Take no thought for your life, what you shall eat, or what you shall drink; nor yet for your body...

John 6:27 Labor not for the meat which perishes, but for that meat which endures to everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give to you...

1 Timothy 6:6-8 But godliness with contentment is great gain...

appetite

Ecclesiastes 6:3 If a man beget an hundred children, and live many years, so that the days of his years be many, and his soul be not filled with good...

Ecclesiastes 5:10 He that loves silver shall not be satisfied with silver; nor he that loves abundance with increase: this is also vanity.

Luke 12:19 And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have much goods laid up for many years; take your ease, eat, drink, and be merry.

Cross References
Proverbs 16:26
A worker's appetite works for him; his mouth urges him on.

Ecclesiastes 6:8
For what advantage has the wise man over the fool? And what does the poor man have who knows how to conduct himself before the living?

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