New International Version
So I hated life, because the work that is done under the sun was grievous to me. All of it is meaningless, a chasing after the wind.
King James Bible
Therefore I hated life; because the work that is wrought under the sun is grievous unto me: for all is vanity and vexation of spirit.
Darby Bible Translation
And I hated life; for the work that is wrought under the sun was grievous unto me; for all is vanity and pursuit of the wind.
World English Bible
So I hated life, because the work that is worked under the sun was grievous to me; for all is vanity and a chasing after wind.
Young's Literal Translation
And I have hated life, for sad to me is the work that hath been done under the sun, for the whole is vanity and vexation of spirit.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Therefore I hated life - את החיים et hachaiyim, the lives, both of the wise, the mad man, and the fool. Also all the stages of life, the child, the man, and the sage. There was nothing in it worth pursuing, no period worth re-living and no hope that if this were possible I could again be more successful.
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Of Spiritual Aridity Though God hath no other desire than to impart Himself to the loving soul that seeks Him, yet He frequently conceals Himself that the soul may be roused from sloth, and impelled to seek Him with fidelity and love. But with what abundant goodness doth He recompense the faithfulness of His beloved? And how sweetly are these apparent withdrawings of Himself succeeded by the consoling caresses of love? At these seasons we are apt to believe, either that it proves our fidelity, and …
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"And These Things Write we unto You, that Your Joy May be Full. "
I have seen all the things that are done under the sun; all of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind.
Then I applied myself to the understanding of wisdom, and also of madness and folly, but I learned that this, too, is a chasing after the wind.
And I declared that the dead, who had already died, are happier than the living, who are still alive.
But better than both is the one who has never been born, who has not seen the evil that is done under the sun.
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