Ecclesiastes 4:6
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New International Version
Better one handful with tranquillity than two handfuls with toil and chasing after the wind.

King James Bible
Better is an handful with quietness, than both the hands full with travail and vexation of spirit.

Darby Bible Translation
Better is a handful with quietness, than both hands full with labour and pursuit of the wind.

World English Bible
Better is a handful, with quietness, than two handfuls with labor and chasing after wind.

Young's Literal Translation
Better is a handful with quietness, than two handfuls with labour and vexation of spirit.'

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Better is a handful with quietness - These may be the words of the slothful man, and spoken in vindication of his idleness; as if he had said, "Every man who labors and amasses property is the object of envy, and is marked by the oppressor as a subject for spoil; better, therefore, to act as I do; gain little, and have little, and enjoy my handful with quietness." Or the words may contain Solomon's reflection on the subject.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Psalm 37:16 A little that a righteous man has is better than the riches of many wicked.

Proverbs 15:16,17 Better is little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure and trouble therewith...

Proverbs 16:8 Better is a little with righteousness than great revenues without right.

Proverbs 17:1 Better is a dry morsel, and quietness therewith, than an house full of sacrifices with strife.

Library
The Order of Thought which Surrounded the Development of Jesus.
As the cooled earth no longer permits us to understand the phenomena of primitive creation, because the fire which penetrated it is extinct, so deliberate explanations have always appeared somewhat insufficient when applying our timid methods of induction to the revolutions of the creative epochs which have decided the fate of humanity. Jesus lived at one of those times when the game of public life is freely played, and when the stake of human activity is increased a hundredfold. Every great part,
Ernest Renan—The Life of Jesus

The Upbringing of Jewish Children
The tenderness of the bond which united Jewish parents to their children appears even in the multiplicity and pictorialness of the expressions by which the various stages of child-life are designated in the Hebrew. Besides such general words as "ben" and "bath"--"son" and "daughter"--we find no fewer than nine different terms, each depicting a fresh stage of life. The first of these simply designates the babe as the newly--"born"--the "jeled," or, in the feminine, "jaldah"--as in Exodus 2:3, 6, 8.
Alfred Edersheim—Sketches of Jewish Social Life

Cross References
Proverbs 15:16
Better a little with the fear of the LORD than great wealth with turmoil.

Proverbs 15:17
Better a small serving of vegetables with love than a fattened calf with hatred.

Proverbs 16:8
Better a little with righteousness than much gain with injustice.

Ecclesiastes 1:17
Then I applied myself to the understanding of wisdom, and also of madness and folly, but I learned that this, too, is a chasing after the wind.

Ecclesiastes 4:7
Again I saw something meaningless under the sun:

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