New International Version
Again I saw something meaningless under the sun:
King James Bible
Then I returned, and I saw vanity under the sun.
Darby Bible Translation
And I returned and saw vanity under the sun.
World English Bible
Then I returned and saw vanity under the sun.
Young's Literal Translation
And I have turned, and I see a vain thing under the sun:
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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 one handful with tranquillity than two handfuls with toil and chasing after the wind.
There was a man all alone; he had neither son nor brother. There was no end to his toil, yet his eyes were not content with his wealth. "For whom am I toiling," he asked, "and why am I depriving myself of enjoyment?" This too is meaningless-- a miserable business!
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