New International Version
or wealth lost through some misfortune, so that when they have children there is nothing left for them to inherit.
King James Bible
But those riches perish by evil travail: and he begetteth a son, and there is nothing in his hand.
Darby Bible Translation
or those riches perish by some evil circumstance, and if he have begotten a son, there is nothing in his hand.
World English Bible
Those riches perish by misfortune, and if he has fathered a son, there is nothing in his hand.
Young's Literal Translation
And that wealth hath been lost in an evil business, and he hath begotten a son and there is nothing in his hand!
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
And he begetteth a son, and there is nothing in his hand - He has been stripped of his property by unfortunate trade or by plunderers; and he has nothing to leave to his children.
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LibraryNaked or Clothed?
'As he came forth of his mother's womb, naked shall he return to go as he came, and shall take nothing of his labour, which he may carry away in his hand.'--ECCLES. v. 15. '... Their works do follow them.'--REV. xiv. 13. It is to be observed that these two sharply contrasted texts do not refer to the same persons. The former is spoken of a rich worldling, the latter of 'the dead who die in the Lord.' The unrelieved gloom of the one is as a dark background against which the triumphant assurance of …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
"Surely everyone goes around like a mere phantom; in vain they rush about, heaping up wealth without knowing whose it will finally be.
I have seen a grievous evil under the sun: wealth hoarded to the harm of its owners,
Everyone comes naked from their mother's womb, and as everyone comes, so they depart. They take nothing from their toil that they can carry in their hands.
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