Ecclesiastes 5:16 {15}
Good News Translation
It isn't right! We go just as we came. We labor, trying to catch the wind, and what do we get?

Contemporary English Version
That's terribly unfair. They leave the world just as they came. They gained nothing from running after the wind.

Douay-Rheims Bible
A most deplorable evil: as he came, so shall he return. What then doth it profit him that he hath laboured for the wind?

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A most deplorable evil: as he came, so shall he return. What then doth it profit him that he hath laboured for the wind?

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Ecclesiastes 5:13 There is also another grievous evil, which I have seen under the sun: riches kept to the hurt of the owner.

Ecclesiastes 2:22,23 For what profit shall a man have of all his labour, and vexation of spirit, with which he hath been tormented under the sun? . . .

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1 Samuel 12:21 And turn not aside after vain things, which shall never profit you, nor deliver you, because they are vain.

Jeremiah 2:8 The priests did not say: Where is the Lord? and they that held the law knew me not, and the pastors transgressed against me: and the prophets prophesied in Baal, and followed idols.

Mark 8:36 For what shall it profit a man, if he gain the whole world and suffer the loss of his soul?

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Ecclesiastes 1:3 What hath a man more of all his labour, that he taketh under the sun?

Proverbs 11:29 The fruit of the just man is a tree of life: and he that gaineth souls is wise.

Isaiah 26:18 We have conceived, and been as it were in labour, and have brought forth wind: we have not wrought salvation on the earth, therefore the inhabitants of the earth have not fallen.

Hosea 8:7 For they shall sow wind, and reap a whirlwind, there is no standing stalk in it, the bud shall yield no meal; and if it should yield, strangers shall eat it.

John 6:27 Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that which endureth unto life everlasting, which the Son of man will give you. For him hath God, the Father, sealed.

Context
The Futility of Wealth
15As he came forth naked from his mother's womb, so shall he return, and shall take nothing away with him of his labour. 16A most deplorable evil: as he came, so shall he return. What then doth it profit him that he hath laboured for the wind?17All the days of his life he eateth in darkness, and in many cares, and in misery, and sorrow.…
Cross References
1 Corinthians 16:16
That you also be subject to such and to every one that worketh with us and laboureth.

Proverbs 11:29
The fruit of the just man is a tree of life: and he that gaineth souls is wise.

Ecclesiastes 1:3
What hath a man more of all his labour, that he taketh under the sun?

Ecclesiastes 2:11
And when I turned myself to all the works which my hands had wrought, and to the labours wherein I had laboured in vain, I saw in all things vanity, and vexation of mind, and that nothing was lasting under the sun.

Ecclesiastes 3:9
What hath man more of his labour?

Additional Translations
This too is a grievous evil: Exactly as a man is born, so he will depart. What does he gain as he toils for the wind?And this also is a sore evil, that in all points as he came, so shall he go: and what profit has he that has labored for the wind?

And this also is a grievous evil, that in all points as he came, so shall he go: and what profit hath he that he laboreth for the wind?

And this is also an evil infirmity: for as he came, so also shall he return: and what is his gain, for which he vainly labours?

And this also is a grievous evil, that in all points as he came so doth he go away, and what profit hath he, in having laboured for the wind?

And this also is a grievous evil, that in all points as he came, so shall he go: and what profit hath he that he laboureth for the wind?

And this also is a grievous evil, that in all points as he came, so shall he go: and what profit hath he that hath labored for the wind?

This also is a grievous evil, that in all points as he came, so shall he go. And what profit does he have who labors for the wind?

And this also is a painful evil, just as he came, so he goeth, and what advantage is to him who laboureth for wind?
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