New Living Translation
I observed yet another example of 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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It is not surprising that the book of Ecclesiastes had a struggle to maintain its place in the canon, and it was probably only its reputed Solomonic authorship and the last two verses of the book that permanently secured its position at the synod of Jamnia in 90 A.D. The Jewish scholars of the first century A.D. were struck by the manner in which it contradicted itself: e.g., "I praised the dead more than the living," iv. 2, "A living dog is better than a dead lion," ix. 4; but they were still more …
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament
And yet, "Better to have one handful with quietness than two handfuls with hard work and chasing the wind."
This is the case of a man who is all alone, without a child or a brother, yet who works hard to gain as much wealth as he can. But then he asks himself, "Who am I working for? Why am I giving up so much pleasure now?" It is all so meaningless and depressing.
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