New Living Translation
Enjoy what you have rather than desiring what you don't have. Just dreaming about nice things is meaningless--like chasing the wind.
King James Bible
Better is the sight of the eyes than the wandering of the desire: this is also vanity and vexation of spirit.
Darby Bible Translation
Better is the seeing of the eyes than the wandering of the desire: this also is vanity and pursuit of the wind.
World English Bible
Better is the sight of the eyes than the wandering of the desire. This also is vanity and a chasing after wind.
Young's Literal Translation
Better is the sight of the eyes than the going of the soul. This also is vanity and vexation of spirit.
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CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
6:9 The fight - The comfortable enjoyment of what a man hath. Than - Restless desires of what a man hath not. This - Wandering of the desire.
I observed everything going on under the sun, and really, it is all meaningless--like chasing the wind.
So I set out to learn everything from wisdom to madness and folly. But I learned firsthand that pursuing all this is like chasing the wind.
Young people, it's wonderful to be young! Enjoy every minute of it. Do everything you want to do; take it all in. But remember that you must give an account to God for everything you do.
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