New International Version
for without him, who can eat or find enjoyment?
King James Bible
For who can eat, or who else can hasten hereunto, more than I?
Darby Bible Translation
For who can eat, or who be eager, more than I?
World English Bible
For who can eat, or who can have enjoyment, more than I?
Young's Literal Translation
For who eateth and who hasteth out more than I?
Ecclesiastes 2:25 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
There is nothing better for a man - The sense of this passage is well expressed in the following lines: -
"For these disorders wouldst thou find a cure,
Such cure as human frailty would admit?
Drive from thee anxious cares; let reason curb
Thy passions; and with cheerful heart enjoy
That little which the world affords; for here,
Though vain the hopes of perfect happiness,
Yet still the road of life, rugged at best,
Is not without its comforts -
Wouldst thou their sweetness taste, look up to heaven,
And praise the all-bounteous Donor, who bestows
The power to use aright."
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"And These Things Write we unto You, that Your Joy May be Full. "
A person can do nothing better than to eat and drink and find satisfaction in their own toil. This too, I see, is from the hand of God,
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