Ecclesiastes 4:4
Good News Translation
I have also learned why people work so hard to succeed: it is because they envy the things their neighbors have. But it is useless. It is like chasing the wind.

Contemporary English Version
Then I realized that we work and do wonderful things just because we are jealous of others. This makes no more sense than chasing the wind.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Again I considered all the labours of men, and I remarked that their industries are exposed to the envy of their neighbour: so in this also there is vanity, and fruitless care.

New American Bible
Then I saw that all toil and skillful work is the rivalry of one person with another. This also is vanity and a chase after wind.

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Again I considered all the labours of men, and I remarked that their industries are exposed to the envy of their neighbour: so in this also there is vanity, and fruitless care.

Genesis 4:4-8 Abel also offered of the firstlings of his flock, and of their fat: and the Lord had respect to Abel, and to his offerings. . . .

Genesis 37:2-11 And these are his generations: Joseph, when he was sixteen years old, was feeding the flock with his brethren, being but a boy: and he was with the sons of Bala and of Zelpha his father's wives: and he accused his brethren to his father of a most wicked crime. . . .

1 Samuel 18:8,9,14-16,29,30 And Saul was exceeding angry, and this word was displeasing in his eyes, and he said: They have given David ten thousands, and to me they have given but a thousand, what can he have more but the kingdom? . . .

Proverbs 27:4 Anger hath no mercy: nor fury, when it breaketh forth: and who can bear the violence of one provoked?

Matthew 27:18 For he knew that for envy they had delivered him.

Acts 7:9 And the patriarchs, through envy, sold Joseph into Egypt. And God was with him,

James 4:5 Or do you think that the scripture saith in vain: To envy doth the spirit covet which dwelleth in you?

1 John 3:12 Not as Cain, who was of the wicked one and killed his brother. And wherefore did he kill him? Because his own works were wicked: and his brother's just.

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Ecclesiastes 3:16 I saw under the sun in the place of judgment wickedness, and in the place of justice iniquity.

Ecclesiastes 1:14 I have seen all things that are done under the sun, and behold all is vanity, and vexation of spirit.

Ecclesiastes 2:21,26 For when a man laboureth in wisdom, and knowledge, and carefulness, he leaveth what he hath gotten to an idle man: so this also is vanity, and a great evil. . . .

Ecclesiastes 6:9,11 Better it is to see what thou mayst desire, than to desire that which thou canst not know. But this also is vanity, and presumption of spirit. . . .

Genesis 37:4,11 And his brethren seeing that he was loved by his father, more than all his sons, hated hem, and could not speak peaceably to him. . . .

Context
The Evil of Oppression
3And I judged him happier than them both, that is not yet born, nor hath seen the evils that are done under the sun. 4Again I considered all the labours of men, and I remarked that their industries are exposed to the envy of their neighbour: so in this also there is vanity, and fruitless care.5The fool foldeth his hands together, and eateth his own flesh, saying:…
Cross References
Ecclesiastes 1:14
I have seen all things that are done under the sun, and behold all is vanity, and vexation of spirit.

Ecclesiastes 1:17
And I have given my heart to know prudence, and learning, and errors, and folly: and I have perceived that in these also there was labour, and vexation of spirit,

Ecclesiastes 2:21
For when a man laboureth in wisdom, and knowledge, and carefulness, he leaveth what he hath gotten to an idle man: so this also is vanity, and a great evil.

Additional Translations
I saw that all labor and success spring from a man’s envy of his neighbor. This too is futile and a pursuit of the wind.Again, I considered all travail, and every right work, that for this a man is envied of his neighbor. This is also vanity and vexation of spirit.

Then I saw all labor and every skilful work, that for this a man is envied of his neighbor. This also is vanity and a striving after wind.

And I saw all labour, and all the diligent work, that this is a man's envy from his neighbour. This is also vanity and waywardness of spirit.

And I saw all labour, and all success of work, that it is man's jealousy of his neighbour. This also is vanity and pursuit of the wind.

Then I saw all labour and every skilful work, that for this a man is envied of his neighbour. This also is vanity and a striving after wind.

Again, I considered all labor, and every right work, that for this a man is envied by his neighbor. This is also vanity and vexation of spirit.

Then I saw all the labor and achievement that is the envy of a man's neighbor. This also is vanity and a striving after wind.

And I have seen all the labour, and all the benefit of the work, because for it a man is the envy of his neighbour. Even this is vanity and vexation of spirit.
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