Ecclesiastes 6:5
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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.

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Clarke'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


Job 3:10-13 Because it shut not up the doors of my mother's womb, nor hid sorrow from my eyes...

Job 14:1 Man that is born of a woman is of few days and full of trouble.

Psalm 58:8 As a snail which melts, let every one of them pass away: like the untimely birth of a woman, that they may not see the sun.

Psalm 90:7-9 For we are consumed by your anger, and by your wrath are we troubled...

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.
HE that seriously considers the Constitution of the Christian Religion, observing the Excellency of its Doctrines, the Clearness of its Precepts, the Severity of its Threatnings, together with the Faithfulness of its Promises, and the Certainty of its Principles to trust to; such a one may justly be astonished, and admire what should be the reason that they who profess this not only the most excellent, but only true Religion in the World, should notwithstanding be generally as wicked, debauched and
William Beveridge—Private Thoughts Upon a Christian Life

Cross References
Ecclesiastes 6:4
It comes without meaning, it departs in darkness, and in darkness its name is shrouded.

Ecclesiastes 6:6
even if he lives a thousand years twice over but fails to enjoy his prosperity. Do not all go to the same place?

Ecclesiastes 11:7
Light is sweet, and it pleases the eyes to see the sun.

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