Ecclesiastes 4:4
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English Standard Version
Then I saw that all toil and all skill in work come from a man’s envy of his neighbor. This also is vanity and a striving after wind.

King James Bible
Again, I considered all travail, and every right work, that for this a man is envied of his neighbour. This is also vanity and vexation of spirit.

American Standard Version
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.

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

English Revised Version
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.

Webster's Bible Translation
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.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

"All goes hence to one place; all has sprung out of the dust, and all returns to the dust again." The "one place" is (as at Ecclesiastes 6:6) the earth, the great graveyard which finally receives all the living when dead. The art. of the first העפר is that denoting species; the art. of the second is retrospective: to the dust whence he sprang (cf. Psalm 104:29; Psalm 146:4); otherwise, Genesis 3:19 (cf. Job 34:15), "to dust shalt thou return," shalt become dust again. From dust to dust (Sir. 40:11; 41:10) is true of every living corporeal thing. It is true there exists the possibility that with the spirit of the dying man it may be different from what it is with the spirit of the dying beast, but yet that is open to question.

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every or all the rightness of work, that this is the envy of a man from his neighbour

Genesis 4:4-8 And Abel, he also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect to Abel and to his offering...

Genesis 37:2-11 These are the generations of Jacob. Joseph, being seventeen years old, was feeding the flock with his brothers...

1 Samuel 18:8,9,14-16,29,30 And Saul was very wroth, and the saying displeased him; and he said, They have ascribed to David ten thousands...

Proverbs 27:4 Wrath is cruel, and anger is outrageous; but who is able to stand before envy?

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

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

James 4:5 Do you think that the scripture said in vain, The spirit that dwells in us lusts to envy?

1 John 3:12 Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And why slew he him? Because his own works were evil...

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Ecclesiastes 3:16 And moreover I saw under the sun the place of judgment, that wickedness was there; and the place of righteousness...

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

Ecclesiastes 2:21,26 For there is a man whose labor is in wisdom, and in knowledge, and in equity...

Ecclesiastes 6:9,11 Better is the sight of the eyes than the wandering of the desire: this is also vanity and vexation of spirit...

Genesis 37:4,11 And when his brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers, they hated him, and could not speak peaceably to him...

Cross References
Ecclesiastes 1:14
I have seen everything that is done under the sun, and behold, all is vanity and a striving after wind.

Ecclesiastes 1:17
And I applied my heart to know wisdom and to know madness and folly. I perceived that this also is but a striving after wind.

Ecclesiastes 2:21
because sometimes a person who has toiled with wisdom and knowledge and skill must leave everything to be enjoyed by someone who did not toil for it. This also is vanity and a great evil.

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