New International Version
So my heart began to despair over all my toilsome labor under the sun.
King James Bible
Therefore I went about to cause my heart to despair of all the labour which I took under the sun.
Darby Bible Translation
Then I went about to cause my heart to despair of all the labour wherewith I had laboured under the sun.
World English Bible
Therefore I began to cause my heart to despair concerning all the labor in which I had labored under the sun.
Young's Literal Translation
And I turned round to cause my heart to despair concerning all the labour that I laboured at under the sun.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
I went about to cause my heart to despair - What makes all worse, there is no remedy. It is impossible in the present state of things to prevent these evils.
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Of Spiritual Aridity Though God hath no other desire than to impart Himself to the loving soul that seeks Him, yet He frequently conceals Himself that the soul may be roused from sloth, and impelled to seek Him with fidelity and love. But with what abundant goodness doth He recompense the faithfulness of His beloved? And how sweetly are these apparent withdrawings of Himself succeeded by the consoling caresses of love? At these seasons we are apt to believe, either that it proves our fidelity, and …
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And who knows whether that person will be wise or foolish? Yet they will have control over all the fruit of my toil into which I have poured my effort and skill under the sun. This too is meaningless.
For a person may labor with wisdom, knowledge and skill, and then they must leave all they own to another who has not toiled for it. This too is meaningless and a great misfortune.
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