New Living Translation
His birth would have been meaningless, and he would have ended in darkness. He wouldn't even have had a name,
King James Bible
For he cometh in with vanity, and departeth in darkness, and his name shall be covered with darkness.
Darby Bible Translation
For it cometh in vanity, and departeth in darkness, and its name is covered with darkness;
World English Bible
for it comes in vanity, and departs in darkness, and its name is covered with darkness.
Young's Literal Translation
For in vanity he came in, and in darkness he goeth, and in darkness his name is covered,
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CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
6:4 He - The abortive; of whom alone, that passage is true, hath not seen the sun, ver.5. Cometh - Into the world. In vain - To no purpose; without any comfort or benefit by it. Departeth - Without any observation or regard of men. His name - Shall be speedily and utterly forgotten.
A man might have a hundred children and live to be very old. But if he finds no satisfaction in life and doesn't even get a decent burial, it would have been better for him to be born dead.
and he would never have seen the sun or known of its existence. Yet he would have had more peace than in growing up to be an unhappy man.
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