Ecclesiastes 6:8
Good News Translation
How are the wise better off than fools? What good does it do the poor to know how to face life?

Contemporary English Version
We may be sensible, yet we are no better off than a fool. And if we are poor, it still doesn't do us any good to try to live right.

Douay-Rheims Bible
What hath the wise man more than the fool? and what the poor man, but to go thither, where there is life?

New American Bible
What profit have the wise compared to fools, or what profit have the lowly in knowing how to conduct themselves in life?

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

What hath the wise man more than the fool? and what the poor man, but to go thither, where there is life?

what hath the wise

Ecclesiastes 2:14-16 The eyes of a wise man are in his head: the fool walketh in darkness: and I learned that they were to die both alike. . . .

Ecclesiastes 5:11 Where there are great riches, there are also many to eat them. And what doth it profit the owner, but that he seeth the riches with his eyes?

the poor

Genesis 17:1 And after he began to be ninety and nine years old, the Lord appeared to him: and said unto him: I am the Almighty God: walk before me, and be perfect.

Psalm 101:2 And I will understand in the unspotted way, when thou shalt come to me. I walked in the innocence of my heart, in the midst of my house.

Psalm 116:9 I will please the Lord in the land of the living.

Proverbs 19:1 Better is the poor man, that walketh in his simplicity, than a rich man that is perverse in his lips and unwise.

Luke 1:6 And they were both just before God, walking in all the commandments and justifications of the Lord without blame.

1 Timothy 6:17 Charge the rich of this world not to be highminded nor to trust in the uncertainty of riches, but in the living God (who giveth us abundantly all things to enjoy)

Context
The Futility of Life
7All the labour of man is for his mouth, but his soul shall not be filled. 8What hath the wise man more than the fool? and what the poor man, but to go thither, where there is life?9Better 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.…
Cross References
Ecclesiastes 2:15
And I said in my heart: If the death of the fool and mine shall be one, what doth it avail me, that I have applied myself more to the study of wisdom? And speaking with my own mind, I perceived that this also was vanity.

Ecclesiastes 6:9
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.

Additional Translations
What advantage, then, has the wise man over the fool? What gain comes to the poor man who knows how to conduct himself before others?For what has the wise more than the fool? what has the poor, that knows to walk before the living?

For what advantage hath the wise more than the fool? or what hath the poor man, that knoweth how to walk before the living?

For what advantage has the wise man over the fool, since even the poor knows how to walk in the direction of life?

For what advantage hath the wise above the fool? what hath the poor, that knoweth to walk before the living?

For what advantage hath the wise more than the fool? or what hath the poor man, that knoweth to walk before the living?

For what hath the wise more than the fool? what hath the poor, that knoweth to walk before the living?

For what advantage has the wise more than the fool? What has the poor man, that knows how to walk before the living?

For what advantage is to the wise above the fool? What to the poor who knoweth to walk before the living?
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