New International Version
What advantage have the wise over fools? What do the poor gain by knowing how to conduct themselves before others?
King James Bible
For what hath the wise more than the fool? what hath the poor, that knoweth to walk before the living?
Darby Bible Translation
For what advantage hath the wise above the fool? what hath the poor, that knoweth to walk before the living?
World English Bible
For what advantage has the wise more than the fool? What has the poor man, that knows how to walk before the living?
Young's Literal Translation
For what advantage is to the wise above the fool? What to the poor who knoweth to walk before the living?
Ecclesiastes 6:8 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
For what hath the wise more than the fool? - They must both labor for the same end. Both depend upon the labor of themselves or others for the necessaries of life. Both must eat and drink in order to live; and the rich man can no more eat two meals at a time, than he can comfortably wear two changes of raiment. The necessaries of life are the same to both, and their condition in life is nearly similar; liable to the same diseases, dissolution, and death.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
what hath the wise
i. editions of chrysostom's works. S. Joannis Chrysostomi, archiepiscopi Constantinopolitani, Opera omnia quæ exstant vel quæ ejus nomine circumferuntur, ad mss. codices Gallicos, Vaticanos, Anglicos, Germanicosque castigata, etc. Opera et studio D.Bernardi de Montfaucon, monachi ordinis S. Benedicti e congregatione S. Mauri, opem ferentibus aliis ex codem sodalitio, monachis. Greek and Latin, Paris, 1718-'38, in 13 vols., fol. This is the best edition, and the result of about twenty …
St. Chrysostom—On the Priesthood
Thoughts Upon Worldly Riches. Sect. I.
Then I said to myself, "The fate of the fool will overtake me also. What then do I gain by being wise?" I said to myself, "This too is meaningless."
Better what the eye sees than the roving of the appetite. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind.
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