Ecclesiastes 1:3
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English Standard Version
What does man gain by all the toil at which he toils under the sun?

King James Bible
What profit hath a man of all his labour which he taketh under the sun?

American Standard Version
What profit hath man of all his labor wherein he laboreth under the sun?

Douay-Rheims Bible
What hath a man more of all his labour, that he taketh under the sun?

English Revised Version
What profit hath man of all his labour wherein he laboureth under the sun?

Webster's Bible Translation
What profit hath a man of all his labor, which he taketh under the sun?

Ecclesiastes 1:3 Parallel
Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

Now begins the finale of this song in praise of the virtuous woman:

28 ק Her sons rise up and bless her,

        Her husband (riseth up) and praiseth her.

The Piel אשּׁר in such a connection is denom. of אשׁר (אשׁרי). Her children rise up (קוּם, like e.g., Jeremiah 26:17, but here, perhaps, with the associated idea of reverential honour) and bless her, that she has on her part brought the house and them to such prosperity, such a position of respect, and to a state where love (חסד) reigns, and her husband rises up and sings her praise.

Ecclesiastes 1:3 Parallel Commentaries

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Ecclesiastes 2:22 For what has man of all his labor, and of the vexation of his heart, wherein he has labored under the sun?

Ecclesiastes 3:9 What profit has he that works in that wherein he labors?

Ecclesiastes 5:16 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?

Proverbs 23:4,5 Labor not to be rich: cease from your own wisdom...

Isaiah 55:2 Why do you spend money for that which is not bread? and your labor for that which satisfies not? listen diligently to me...

Habakkuk 2:13,18 Behold, is it not of the LORD of hosts that the people shall labor in the very fire...

Matthew 16:26 For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?

Mark 8:36,37 For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul...

John 6:27 Labor not for the meat which perishes, but for that meat which endures to everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give to you...


Ecclesiastes 2:11,19 Then I looked on all the works that my hands had worked, and on the labor that I had labored to do: and, behold...

Ecclesiastes 4:3,7 Yes, better is he than both they, which has not yet been, who has not seen the evil work that is done under the sun...

Ecclesiastes 5:18 Behold that which I have seen: it is good and comely for one to eat and to drink...

Ecclesiastes 6:12 For who knows what is good for man in this life, all the days of his vain life which he spends as a shadow?...

Ecclesiastes 7:11 Wisdom is good with an inheritance: and by it there is profit to them that see the sun.

Ecclesiastes 8:15-17 Then I commended mirth, because a man has no better thing under the sun, than to eat, and to drink, and to be merry...

Ecclesiastes 9:3,6,13 This is an evil among all things that are done under the sun, that there is one event to all: yes...

Cross References
1 Corinthians 16:16
be subject to such as these, and to every fellow worker and laborer.

Ecclesiastes 2:11
Then I considered all that my hands had done and the toil I had expended in doing it, and behold, all was vanity and a striving after wind, and there was nothing to be gained under the sun.

Ecclesiastes 2:18
I hated all my toil in which I toil under the sun, seeing that I must leave it to the man who will come after me,

Ecclesiastes 2:22
What has a man from all the toil and striving of heart with which he toils beneath the sun?

Ecclesiastes 3:9
What gain has the worker from his toil?

Ecclesiastes 5:16
This also is a grievous evil: just as he came, so shall he go, and what gain is there to him who toils for the wind?

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