New International Version
I hated all the things I had toiled for under the sun, because I must leave them to the one who comes after me.
King James Bible
Yea, I hated all my labour which I had taken under the sun: because I should leave it unto the man that shall be after me.
Darby Bible Translation
And I hated all my labour wherewith I had been toiling under the sun, because I should leave it unto the man that shall be after me.
World English Bible
I hated all my labor in which I labored under the sun, because I must leave it to the man who comes after me.
Young's Literal Translation
And I have hated all my labour that I labour at under the sun, because I leave it to a man who is after me.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
I hated all my labor - Because,
1. It has not answered the end for which it was instituted.
2. I can enjoy the fruits of it but a short time.
3. I must leave it to others, and know not whether a wise man, a knave, or a fool will possess it.
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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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James the Brother of the Lord.
"And These Things Write we unto You, that Your Joy May be Full. "
"Surely everyone goes around like a mere phantom; in vain they rush about, heaping up wealth without knowing whose it will finally be.
For all can see that the wise die, that the foolish and the senseless also perish, leaving their wealth to others.
What do people gain from all their labors at which they toil under the sun?
Yet when I surveyed all that my hands had done and what I had toiled to achieve, everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind; nothing was gained under the sun.
For a person may labor with wisdom, knowledge and skill, and then they must leave all they own to another who has not toiled for it. This too is meaningless and a great misfortune.
So I saw that there is nothing better for a person than to enjoy their work, because that is their lot. For who can bring them to see what will happen after them?
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