Ecclesiastes 6:3
Text Analysis
518 [e]אִם־
3205 [e]יוֹלִ֣יד
376 [e]אִ֣ישׁ
a manN-ms
3967 [e]מֵאָ֡ה
a hundred [children]Number-fs
8141 [e]וְשָׁנִים֩
and yearsConj-w | N-fp
7227 [e]רַבּ֨וֹת
2421 [e]יִֽחְיֶ֜ה
7227 [e]וְרַ֣ב ׀
so manyConj-w | Adj-ms
1961 [e]שֶׁיִּהְי֣וּ
that arePro-r | V-Qal-Imperf-3mp
3117 [e]יְמֵֽי־
the daysN-mpc
8141 [e]שָׁנָ֗יו
of his yearsN-fpc | 3ms
5315 [e]וְנַפְשׁוֹ֙
but his soulConj-w | N-fsc | 3ms
3808 [e]לֹא־
7646 [e]תִשְׂבַּ֣ע
is satisfiedV-Qal-Imperf-3fs
4480 [e]מִן־
2896 [e]הַטּוֹבָ֔ה
goodnessArt | N-fs
1571 [e]וְגַם־
or indeedConj-w | Conj
6900 [e]קְבוּרָ֖ה
3808 [e]לֹא־
1961 [e]הָ֣יְתָה
he hasV-Qal-Perf-3fs
toPrep | 3ms
559 [e]אָמַ֕רְתִּי
I say [that]V-Qal-Perf-1cs
2896 [e]ט֥וֹב
[is] betterAdj-ms
4480 [e]מִמֶּ֖נּוּ
than hePrep | 3ms
5309 [e]הַנָּֽפֶל׃
a stillborn childArt | N-ms

Hebrew Texts
קהלת 6:3 Hebrew OT: Westminster Leningrad Codex
אִם־יֹולִ֣יד אִ֣ישׁ מֵאָ֡ה וְשָׁנִים֩ רַבֹּ֨ות יִֽחְיֶ֜ה וְרַ֣ב ׀ שֶׁיִּהְי֣וּ יְמֵֽי־שָׁנָ֗יו וְנַפְשֹׁו֙ לֹא־תִשְׂבַּ֣ע מִן־הַטֹּובָ֔ה וְגַם־קְבוּרָ֖ה לֹא־הָ֣יְתָה לֹּ֑ו אָמַ֕רְתִּי טֹ֥וב מִמֶּ֖נּוּ הַנָּֽפֶל׃

קהלת 6:3 Hebrew OT: WLC (Consonants Only)
אם־יוליד איש מאה ושנים רבות יחיה ורב ׀ שיהיו ימי־שניו ונפשו לא־תשבע מן־הטובה וגם־קבורה לא־היתה לו אמרתי טוב ממנו הנפל׃

קהלת 6:3 Paleo-Hebrew OT: WLC (Font Required)
אם־יוליד איש מאה ושנים רבות יחיה ורב ׀ שיהיו ימי־שניו ונפשו לא־תשבע מן־הטובה וגם־קבורה לא־היתה לו אמרתי טוב ממנו הנפל׃

קהלת 6:3 Hebrew Bible
אם יוליד איש מאה ושנים רבות יחיה ורב שיהיו ימי שניו ונפשו לא תשבע מן הטובה וגם קבורה לא היתה לו אמרתי טוב ממנו הנפל׃

Parallel Verses
New American Standard Bible
If a man fathers a hundred children and lives many years, however many they be, but his soul is not satisfied with good things and he does not even have a proper burial, then I say, "Better the miscarriage than he,

King James Bible
If a man beget an hundred children, and live many years, so that the days of his years be many, and his soul be not filled with good, and also that he have no burial; I say, that an untimely birth is better than he.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
A man may father a hundred children and live many years. No matter how long he lives, if he is not satisfied by good things and does not even have a proper burial, I say that a stillborn child is better off than he.
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