KJV LexiconBut those riches
wealth -- far (richer), riches.
to wander away, i.e. lose oneself; by implication to perish (causative, destroy)
bad or (as noun) evil (natural or moral)one), worse(-st), wretchedness, wrong. (Incl. feminine raaah; as adjective or noun.).
ado, i.e. (generally) employment or (specifically) an affair -- business, travail.
and he begetteth
to bear young; causatively, to beget; medically, to act as midwife; specifically, to show lineage
a son (as a builder of the family name), in the widest sense (of literal and figurative relationship, including grandson, subject, nation, quality or condition, etc.
and there is nothing
a speck or point, i.e. (by implication) something; with negative, nothing -- fault, + no(-ught), ought, somewhat, any (no-)thing.
in his hand
a hand (the open one (indicating power, means, direction, etc.),
Parallel VersesNew American Standard Bible
When those riches were lost through a bad investment and he had fathered a son, then there was nothing to support him.
King James Bible
But those riches perish by evil travail: and he begetteth a son, and there is nothing in his hand.
Holman Christian Standard Bible
That wealth was lost in a bad venture, so when he fathered a son, he was empty-handed.
International Standard Version
and that wealth is lost in troubled circumstances. Then a son is born, but there is nothing left for him.
Then that wealth was lost through bad luck; although he fathered a son, he has nothing left to give him.
GOD'S WORD® Translation
These hoarded riches were then lost in bad business deals. The owners had children, but now they have nothing to give them.
King James 2000 Bible
But those riches are lost by a bad venture: when he begets a son, there is nothing in his hand.
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