Ecclesiastes 6:8
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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
Clarke'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

Ecclesiastes 2:14-16 The wise man's eyes are in his head; but the fool walks in darkness: and I myself perceived also that one event happens to them all...

Ecclesiastes 5:11 When goods increase, they are increased that eat them: and what good is there to the owners thereof...

the poor

Genesis 17:1 And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said to him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me...

Psalm 101:2 I will behave myself wisely in a perfect way. O when will you come to me? I will walk within my house with a perfect heart.

Psalm 116:9 I will walk before the LORD in the land of the living.

Proverbs 19:1 Better is the poor that walks in his integrity, than he that is perverse in his lips, and is a fool.

Luke 1:6 And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless.

1 Timothy 6:17 Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not high minded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God...

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.
HE that seriously considers the Constitution of the Christian Religion, observing the Excellency of its Doctrines, the Clearness of its Precepts, the Severity of its Threatnings, together with the Faithfulness of its Promises, and the Certainty of its Principles to trust to; such a one may justly be astonished, and admire what should be the reason that they who profess this not only the most excellent, but only true Religion in the World, should notwithstanding be generally as wicked, debauched and
William Beveridge—Private Thoughts Upon a Christian Life

Cross References
Ecclesiastes 2:15
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."

Ecclesiastes 6:9
Better what the eye sees than the roving of the appetite. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind.

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