New American Standard Bible
What advantage does man have in all his work Which he does under the sun?
King James Bible
What profit hath a man of all his labour which he taketh under the sun?
Darby Bible Translation
What profit hath man of all his labour wherewith he laboureth under the sun?
World English Bible
What does man gain from all his labor in which he labors under the sun?
Young's Literal Translation
What advantage is to man by all his labour that he laboureth at under the sun?
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
What profit ... - The question often repeated is the great practical inquiry of the book; it receives its final answer in Ecclesiastes 12:13-14. When this question was asked, the Lord had not yet spoken Matthew 11:28. The word "profit" (or pre-eminence) is opposed to "vanity."
Hath a man - Rather, hath man.
LibraryThe Past and the Future
'The thing that hath been, it is that which shall he; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.'--ECCLES. i. 9. 'That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God. 3. For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles.'--l PETER iv. 2, 3. If you will look at these two passages carefully you will, I think, see that they imply two different, and in some respects …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
"And Hereby we do Know that we Know Him, if we Keep his Commandments. "
1 Corinthians 16:16
that you also be in subjection to such men and to everyone who helps in the work and labors.
Thus I considered all my activities which my hands had done and the labor which I had exerted, and behold all was vanity and striving after wind and there was no profit under the sun.
Thus I hated all the fruit of my labor for which I had labored under the sun, for I must leave it to the man who will come after me.
For what does a man get in all his labor and in his striving with which he labors under the sun?
What profit is there to the worker from that in which he toils?
This also is a grievous evil-- exactly as a man is born, thus will he die. So what is the advantage to him who toils for the wind?
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