New International Version
I have seen the burden God has laid on the human race.
King James Bible
I have seen the travail, which God hath given to the sons of men to be exercised in it.
Darby Bible Translation
I have seen the travail that God hath given to the sons of men to toil in.
World English Bible
I have seen the burden which God has given to the sons of men to be afflicted with.
Young's Literal Translation
I have seen the travail that God hath given to the sons of man to be humbled by it.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
I have seen the travail - Man is a sinner; and, because he is such, he suffers.
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'He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also He hath set the world in their heart.'--ECCLES. iii. 11. There is considerable difficulty in understanding what precise meaning is to be attached to these words, and what precise bearing they have on the general course of the writer's thoughts; but one or two things are, at any rate, quite clear. The Preacher has been enumerating all the various vicissitudes of prosperity and adversity, of construction and destruction, of society and solitude, …
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I applied my mind to study and to explore by wisdom all that is done under the heavens. What a heavy burden God has laid on mankind!
To the person who pleases him, God gives wisdom, knowledge and happiness, but to the sinner he gives the task of gathering and storing up wealth to hand it over to the one who pleases God. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind.
As you do not know the path of the wind, or how the body is formed in a mother's womb, so you cannot understand the work of God, the Maker of all things.
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