New International Version
Though it never saw the sun or knew anything, it has more rest than does that man--
King James Bible
Moreover he hath not seen the sun, nor known any thing: this hath more rest than the other.
Darby Bible Translation
moreover it hath not seen nor known the sun: this hath rest rather than the other.
World English Bible
Moreover it has not seen the sun nor known it. This has rest rather than the other.
Young's Literal Translation
Even the sun he hath not seen nor known, more rest hath this than that.
Ecclesiastes 6:5 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
If a man beget a hundred children - If he have the most numerous family and the largest possessions, and is so much attached to his riches that he grudges himself a monument; an abortion in the eye of reason is to be preferred to such a man; himself is contemptible, and his life worthless. The abortion comes in with vanity - baulks expectation, departs in darkness - never opened its eyes upon the light, and its name is covered with darkness - it has no place in the family register, or in the chronicles of Israel. This, that hath neither seen the sun, nor known any thing is preferable to the miser who has his coffers and granaries well furnished, should he have lived a thousand years, and had a hundred children. He has seen - possessed, no good; and he and the abortion go to one place, equally unknown, and wholly forgotten.
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.
It comes without meaning, it departs in darkness, and in darkness its name is shrouded.
even if he lives a thousand years twice over but fails to enjoy his prosperity. Do not all go to the same place?
Light is sweet, and it pleases the eyes to see the sun.
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