New International Version
What do workers gain from their toil?
King James Bible
What profit hath he that worketh in that wherein he laboureth?
Darby Bible Translation
What profit hath he that worketh from that wherein he laboureth?
World English Bible
What profit has he who works in that in which he labors?
Young's Literal Translation
What advantage hath the doer in that which he is labouring at?
Ecclesiastes 3:9 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
What profit hath he - What real good, what solid pleasure, is derived from all the labors of man? Necessity drives him to the principal part of his cares and toils; he labors that he may eat and drink; and he eats and drinks that he may be preserved alive, and kept from sickness and pain. Love of money, the basest of all passions, and restless ambition, drive men to many labors and expedients, which perplex and often destroy them. He, then, who lives without God, travails in pain all his days.
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'He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also He hath set the world in their heart.'--ECCLES. iii. 11. There is considerable difficulty in understanding what precise meaning is to be attached to these words, and what precise bearing they have on the general course of the writer's thoughts; but one or two things are, at any rate, quite clear. The Preacher has been enumerating all the various vicissitudes of prosperity and adversity, of construction and destruction, of society and solitude, …
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to submit to such people and to everyone who joins in the work and labors at it.
What do people gain from all their labors at which they toil under the sun?
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.
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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