New International Version
Go, eat your food with gladness, and drink your wine with a joyful heart, for God has already approved what you do.
King James Bible
Go thy way, eat thy bread with joy, and drink thy wine with a merry heart; for God now accepteth thy works.
Darby Bible Translation
Go, eat thy bread with joy, and drink thy wine with a merry heart; for God hath already accepted thy works.
World English Bible
Go your way--eat your bread with joy, and drink your wine with a merry heart; for God has already accepted your works.
Young's Literal Translation
Go, eat with joy thy bread, and drink with a glad heart thy wine, for already hath God been pleased with thy works.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Go thy way, eat thy bread with joy - Do not vex and perplex yourselves with the dispensations and mysteries of Providence; enjoy the blessings which God has given you, and live to his glory; and then God will accept your works.
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"Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest."--Eccles. ix. 10. Solomon's advice that we should do whatever our hand findeth to do with our might, naturally directs our thoughts to that great work in which all others are included, which will outlive all other works, and for which alone we really are placed here below--the salvation of our souls. And the consideration of this great work, …
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The priest shall then wave these before the LORD as a wave offering; they are holy and belong to the priest, together with the breast that was waved and the thigh that was presented. After that, the Nazirite may drink wine.
A person can do nothing better than to eat and drink and find satisfaction in their own toil. This too, I see, is from the hand of God,
When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider this: God has made the one as well as the other. Therefore, no one can discover anything about their future.
So I commend the enjoyment of life, because there is nothing better for a person under the sun than to eat and drink and be glad. Then joy will accompany them in their toil all the days of the life God has given them under the sun.
However many years anyone may live, let them enjoy them all. But let them remember the days of darkness, for there will be many. Everything to come is meaningless.
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