New International Version
What do people gain from all their labors at which they toil under the sun?
King James Bible
What profit hath a man of all his labour which he taketh under the sun?
Darby Bible Translation
What profit hath man of all his labour wherewith he laboureth under the sun?
World English Bible
What does man gain from all his labor in which he labors under the sun?
Young's Literal Translation
What advantage is to man by all his labour that he laboureth at under the sun?
Ecclesiastes 1:3 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
What profit hath a man - What is the sum of the real good he has gained by all his toils in life? They, in themselves, have neither made him contented nor happy.
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'This sore travail hath God given to the sons of man, to be exercised therewith.--ECCLES. i. 13. 'He for our profit, that we might be partakers of His holiness.'--HEBREWS xii. 10. These two texts set before us human life as it looks to two observers. The former admits that God shapes it; but to him it seems sore travail, the expenditure of much trouble and efforts; the results of which seem to be nothing beyond profitless exercise. There is an immense activity and nothing to show for it at the end …
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to submit to such people and to everyone who joins in the work and labors at it.
Yet when I surveyed all that my hands had done and what I had toiled to achieve, everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind; nothing was gained under the sun.
I hated all the things I had toiled for under the sun, because I must leave them to the one who comes after me.
What do people get for all the toil and anxious striving with which they labor under the sun?
What do workers gain from their toil?
This too is a grievous evil: As everyone comes, so they depart, and what do they gain, since they toil for the wind?
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