New International Version
All things are wearisome, more than one can say. The eye never has enough of seeing, nor the ear its fill of hearing.
King James Bible
All things are full of labour; man cannot utter it: the eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing.
Darby Bible Translation
All things are full of toil; none can express it. The eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing.
World English Bible
All things are full of weariness beyond uttering. The eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing.
Young's Literal Translation
All these things are wearying; a man is not able to speak, the eye is not satisfied by seeing, nor filled is the ear from hearing.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
All things are full of labor - It is; impossible to calculate how much anxiety, pain, labor, and fatigue are necessary in order to carry on the common operations of life. But an endless desire of gain, and an endless curiosity to unfitness a variety of results, cause men to, labor on. The eye sees much, but wishes to, see more. The ear hears of many things; but is curious to have the actual knowledge of them. So desire and curiosity carry men, under the Divine providence, through all the labors and pains of life.
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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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Death and Destruction are never satisfied, and neither are human eyes.
All streams flow into the sea, yet the sea is never full. To the place the streams come from, there they return again.
There was a man all alone; he had neither son nor brother. There was no end to his toil, yet his eyes were not content with his wealth. "For whom am I toiling," he asked, "and why am I depriving myself of enjoyment?" This too is meaningless-- a miserable business!
Whoever loves money never has enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with their income. This too is meaningless.
"You expected much, but see, it turned out to be little. What you brought home, I blew away. Why?" declares the LORD Almighty. "Because of my house, which remains a ruin, while each of you is busy with your own house.
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