Ecclesiastes 2:23
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English Standard Version
For all his days are full of sorrow, and his work is a vexation. Even in the night his heart does not rest. This also is vanity.

King James Bible
For all his days are sorrows, and his travail grief; yea, his heart taketh not rest in the night. This is also vanity.

American Standard Version
For all his days are but'sorrows, and his travail is grief; yea, even in the night his heart taketh no rest. This also is vanity.

Douay-Rheims Bible
All his days axe full of sorrows and miseries, even in the night he doth not rest in mind: and is not this vanity?

English Revised Version
For all his days are but sorrows, and his travail is grief; yea, even in the night his heart taketh no rest. This also is vanity.

Webster's Bible Translation
For all his days are sorrows, and his labor grief; yes, his heart taketh not rest in the night. This is also vanity.

Ecclesiastes 2:23 Parallel
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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

"The life became hateful to me; for the work which man accomplsihes under the sun was grievous to me: because all is vain and windy effort." He hated life; and the labour which is done under the sun, i.e., the efforts of men, including the fate that befalls men, appeared to him to be evil (repugnant). The lxx translate: πονηρὸν επ ̓ ἐμέ; the Venet.: κακὸν ἐπ ̓ ἐμοί; and thus Hitzig: as a woeful burden lying on me. But עלי רע is to be understood after tov al, Esther 3:9, etc., cf. Psalm 16:6, and as synon. with בּעיני or לפני (cf. Daniel 3:32), according to which Symmachus: κακὸν γάρ μοι ἐφάνη. This al belongs to the more modern usus loq., cf. Ewald, 217i. The end of the song was also again the grievous ceterum censeo: Vanity, and a labour which has wind as its goal, wind as its fruit.

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Genesis 47:9 And Jacob said to Pharaoh, The days of the years of my pilgrimage are an hundred and thirty years...

Job 5:7 Yet man is born to trouble, as the sparks fly upward.

Job 14:1 Man that is born of a woman is of few days and full of trouble.

Psalm 90:7-10,15 For we are consumed by your anger, and by your wrath are we troubled...

Psalm 127:2 It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he gives his beloved sleep.

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Ecclesiastes 5:12 The sleep of a laboring man is sweet, whether he eat little or much: but the abundance of the rich will not suffer him to sleep.

Esther 6:1 On that night could not the king sleep, and he commanded to bring the book of records of the chronicles...

Job 7:13,14 When I say, My bed shall comfort me, my couch shall ease my complaints...

Psalm 6:6,7 I am weary with my groaning; all the night make I my bed to swim; I water my couch with my tears...

Psalm 32:4 For day and night your hand was heavy on me: my moisture is turned into the drought of summer. Selah.

Psalm 77:2-4 In the day of my trouble I sought the Lord: my sore ran in the night, and ceased not: my soul refused to be comforted...

Daniel 6:18 Then the king went to his palace, and passed the night fasting: neither were instruments of music brought before him...

Acts 14:22 Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith...

Cross References
Genesis 3:17
And to Adam he said, "Because you have listened to the voice of your wife and have eaten of the tree of which I commanded you, 'You shall not eat of it,' cursed is the ground because of you; in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life;

Job 5:7
but man is born to trouble as the sparks fly upward.

Job 14:1
"Man who is born of a woman is few of days and full of trouble.

Psalm 127:2
It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep.

Ecclesiastes 1:13
And I applied my heart to seek and to search out by wisdom all that is done under heaven. It is an unhappy business that God has given to the children of man to be busy with.

Ecclesiastes 1:18
For in much wisdom is much vexation, and he who increases knowledge increases sorrow.

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.

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