New International Version
Better one handful with tranquillity than two handfuls with toil and chasing after the wind.
King James Bible
Better is an handful with quietness, than both the hands full with travail and vexation of spirit.
Darby Bible Translation
Better is a handful with quietness, than both hands full with labour and pursuit of the wind.
World English Bible
Better is a handful, with quietness, than two handfuls with labor and chasing after wind.
Young's Literal Translation
Better is a handful with quietness, than two handfuls with labour and vexation of spirit.'
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Better is a handful with quietness - These may be the words of the slothful man, and spoken in vindication of his idleness; as if he had said, "Every man who labors and amasses property is the object of envy, and is marked by the oppressor as a subject for spoil; better, therefore, to act as I do; gain little, and have little, and enjoy my handful with quietness." Or the words may contain Solomon's reflection on the subject.
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As the cooled earth no longer permits us to understand the phenomena of primitive creation, because the fire which penetrated it is extinct, so deliberate explanations have always appeared somewhat insufficient when applying our timid methods of induction to the revolutions of the creative epochs which have decided the fate of humanity. Jesus lived at one of those times when the game of public life is freely played, and when the stake of human activity is increased a hundredfold. Every great part, …
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Better a little with the fear of the LORD than great wealth with turmoil.
Better a small serving of vegetables with love than a fattened calf with hatred.
Better a little with righteousness than much gain with injustice.
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.
Again I saw something meaningless under the sun:
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