New Living Translation
The more words you speak, the less they mean. So what good are they?
King James Bible
Seeing there be many things that increase vanity, what is man the better?
Darby Bible Translation
For there are many things that increase vanity: what is man advantaged?
World English Bible
For there are many words that create vanity. What does that profit man?
Young's Literal Translation
For there are many things multiplying vanity; what advantage is to man?
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CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
6:11 Seeing - This seems to be added as a conclusion from all the foregoing chapter s; seeing not only man is a vain creature in himself, but there are also many other things, which instead of diminishing, do but increase this vanity, as wisdom, pleasure, power, wealth; seeing even the good things of this life bring so much toil, and cares, and fears, with them. The better - By all that he can either desire or enjoy here?
Both will die. So I said to myself, "Since I will end up the same as the fool, what's the value of all my wisdom? This is all so meaningless!"
Everything has already been decided. It was known long ago what each person would be. So there's no use arguing with God about your destiny.
In the few days of our meaningless lives, who knows how our days can best be spent? Our lives are like a shadow. Who can tell what will happen on this earth after we are gone?
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