Ecclesiastes 2:21
Parallel Verses
New International Version
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.

King James Bible
For there is a man whose labour is in wisdom, and in knowledge, and in equity; yet to a man that hath not laboured therein shall he leave it for his portion. This also is vanity and a great evil.

Darby Bible Translation
For there is a man whose labour hath been with wisdom, and with knowledge, and with skill, and who leaveth it to a man that hath not laboured therein, to be his portion. This also is vanity and a great evil.

World English Bible
For there is a man whose labor is with wisdom, with knowledge, and with skillfulness; yet he shall leave it for his portion to a man who has not labored for it. This also is vanity and a great evil.

Young's Literal Translation
For there is a man whose labour is in wisdom, and in knowledge, and in equity, and to a man who hath not laboured therein he giveth it -- his portion! Even this is vanity and a great evil.

Ecclesiastes 2:21 Parallel
Commentary
Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

For there is a man - Does he not allude to himself? As if he had said, "I have labored to cultivate my mind in wisdom and in science, in knowledge of men and things, and have endeavored to establish equity and dispense justice. And now I find I shall leave all the fruits of my labor to a man that hath not labored therein, and consequently cannot prize what I have wrought." Does he not refer to his son Rehoboam?

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

whose

Ecclesiastes 2:17,18 Therefore I hated life; because the work that is worked under the sun is grievous to me: for all is vanity and vexation of spirit...

Ecclesiastes 9:18 Wisdom is better than weapons of war: but one sinner destroys much good.

2 Chronicles 31:20,21 And thus did Hezekiah throughout all Judah, and worked that which was good and right and truth before the LORD his God...

2 Chronicles 33:2-9 But did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD, like to the abominations of the heathen...

2 Chronicles 34:2 And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, and walked in the ways of David his father...

2 Chronicles 35:18 And there was no passover like to that kept in Israel from the days of Samuel the prophet...

2 Chronicles 36:5 Jehoiakim was twenty and five years old when he began to reign, and he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem...

Jeremiah 22:15,17 Shall you reign, because you close yourself in cedar? did not your father eat and drink, and do judgment and justice...

leave

Library
Of Spiritual Aridity
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
Madame Guyon—A Short and Easy Method of Prayer

Introduction to the "Theological" Orations.
"It has been said with truth," says the writer of the Article on Gregory of Nazianzus in the Dictionary of Christian Biography, "that these discourses would lose their chief charm in a translation....Critics have rivalled each other in the praises they have heaped upon them, but no praise is so high as that of the many Theologians who have found in them their own best thoughts. A Critic who cannot be accused of partiality towards Gregory has given in a few words perhaps the truest estimate of them:
St. Cyril of Jerusalem—Lectures of S. Cyril of Jerusalem

James the Brother of the Lord.
He pistis choris ergon nekra estin.--James 2:26 Sources. I. Genuine sources: Acts 12:17; 15:13; 21:18; 1 Cor. 15:7; Gal. 1:19; 2:9, 12. Comp. James "the brother of the Lord," Matt. 13:55; Mark 6:3; Gal. 1:19. The Epistle of James. II. Post-apostolic: Josephus: Ant. XX. 9, 1.--Hegesippus in Euseb. Hist. Ecc. II. ch. 23.--Jerome: Catal. vir. ill. c. 2, under "Jacobus." Epiphanius, Haer. XXIX. 4; XXX. 16; LXXVIII. 13 sq. III. Apocryphal: Protevangelium Jacobi, ed. in Greek by Tischendorf, in "Evangelia
Philip Schaff—History of the Christian Church, Volume I

"And These Things Write we unto You, that Your Joy May be Full. "
1 John i. 4.--"And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full." All motions tend to rest and quietness. We see it daily in the motions below, and we believe it also of the circular revolutions of the heavens above, that there is a day coming in which they shall cease, as having performed all they were appointed for. And as it is in things natural, so it is in things rational in a more eminent way. Their desires, affections, and actions, which are the motions and stretches of the soul
Hugh Binning—The Works of the Rev. Hugh Binning

Cross References
Psalm 49:10
For all can see that the wise die, that the foolish and the senseless also perish, leaving their wealth to others.

Ecclesiastes 2:18
I hated all the things I had toiled for under the sun, because I must leave them to the one who comes after me.

Ecclesiastes 2:20
So my heart began to despair over all my toilsome labor under the sun.

Ecclesiastes 4:4
And I saw that all toil and all achievement spring from one person's envy of another. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind.

Ecclesiastes 4:8
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!

Jump to Previous
Enjoyed Equity Evil Expert Gives Great Heritage Labor Labour Meaningless Misfortune Owns Portion Skill Skillfulness Someone Sometimes Therein Toiled Vanity Wisdom Work Worked
Jump to Next
Enjoyed Equity Evil Expert Gives Great Heritage Labor Labour Meaningless Misfortune Owns Portion Skill Skillfulness Someone Sometimes Therein Toiled Vanity Wisdom Work Worked
Links
Ecclesiastes 2:21 NIV
Ecclesiastes 2:21 NLT
Ecclesiastes 2:21 ESV
Ecclesiastes 2:21 NASB
Ecclesiastes 2:21 KJV

Ecclesiastes 2:21 Bible Apps
Ecclesiastes 2:21 Biblia Paralela
Ecclesiastes 2:21 Chinese Bible
Ecclesiastes 2:21 French Bible
Ecclesiastes 2:21 German Bible

Ecclesiastes 2:21 Commentaries

THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica®.

Bible Hub
Ecclesiastes 2:20
Top of Page
Top of Page