New International Version
The more the words, the less the meaning, and how does that profit anyone?
King James Bible
Seeing there be many things that increase vanity, what is man the better?
Darby Bible Translation
For there are many things that increase vanity: what is man advantaged?
World English Bible
For there are many words that create vanity. What does that profit man?
Young's Literal Translation
For there are many things multiplying vanity; what advantage is to man?
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
That which hath been is named already - The Hebrew of this verse might be translated, "Who is he who is? His name has been already called. And it is known that he is Adam; and that he cannot contend in judgment with him who is stronger than he."
"What is more excellent than man; yet can he not, in the lawe, get the victory of him that is mightier than he." - Coverdale.
Adam is his name; and it at once points out,
1. His dignity; he was made in the image of God.
2. His fall; he sinned against his Maker and was cast out of Paradise. And
3. His recovery by Christ; the second man (Adam) was the Lord from heaven, and a quickening Spirit.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
i. editions of chrysostom's works. S. Joannis Chrysostomi, archiepiscopi Constantinopolitani, Opera omnia quæ exstant vel quæ ejus nomine circumferuntur, ad mss. codices Gallicos, Vaticanos, Anglicos, Germanicosque castigata, etc. Opera et studio D.Bernardi de Montfaucon, monachi ordinis S. Benedicti e congregatione S. Mauri, opem ferentibus aliis ex codem sodalitio, monachis. Greek and Latin, Paris, 1718-'38, in 13 vols., fol. This is the best edition, and the result of about twenty …
St. Chrysostom—On the Priesthood
Thoughts Upon Worldly Riches. Sect. I.
Then I said to myself, "The fate of the fool will overtake me also. What then do I gain by being wise?" I said to myself, "This too is meaningless."
Whatever exists has already been named, and what humanity is has been known; no one can contend with someone who is stronger.
For who knows what is good for a person in life, during the few and meaningless days they pass through like a shadow? Who can tell them what will happen under the sun after they are gone?
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