Ecclesiastes 1:3

“What profit hath a man of all his labour which he taketh under the sun?”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

What profite hath a man of all his labour which hee taketh vnder the Sunne?
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

What advantage does man have in all his work Which he does under the sun?
- New American Standard Version (1995)

What profit hath man of all his labor wherein he laboreth under the sun?
- American Standard Version (1901)

What is a man profited by all his work which he does under the sun?
- Basic English Bible

What profit hath man of all his labour wherewith he laboureth under the sun?
- Darby Bible

What profit hath a man of all his labor, which he taketh under the sun?
- Webster's Bible

What does man gain from all his labor in which he labors under the sun?
- World English Bible

What advantage [is] to man by all his labour that he laboureth at under the sun?
- Youngs Literal Bible

What profit hath man of all his labour wherein he laboureth under the sun?
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Ecclesiastes 1:3


1:3 What profit - What real and abiding benefit? None at all. All is unprofitable as to the attainment of that happiness which all men are enquiring after. His labour - Heb. his toilsome labour, both of body and mind in the pursuit of riches, or pleasures, or other earthly things. Under the sun - In all worldly matters, which are usually transacted in the day time, or by the light of the sun. By this restriction he implies that the happiness which in vain is sought for in this lower world, is really to be found in heavenly places and things.


Discussion for Ecclesiastes 1

  • Irene123
    1 Kgs.3:9 - Solomon asked for understanding (wisdom) in judging ALL the people, all by himself, no appointing others, as Moses did, in helping with this. Solomon was rather self-centered, but God could, and did use him, but Solomon's end was - bad. He totally left the Lord.
  • Irene123
    To Michael C. on Eccl. - God will grant you what you want; no matter if it's for His glory or your own. Solomon did not follow after the Lord as David his father did: you need to read the WHOLE chap. of 1 KGS. 11. God granted Solomon wisdom, but God KNEW why he asked for wisdom instead of a heart to follow after God. Had he asked for such a heart - God would have granted it, and wisdom.
  • Michael C.
    The Book of the Preacher, or, The Summoner; is exactly that! The Spirit searches the deep things of God, and convicts men of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment. Solomon's desire, from the day he took the throne, was to worthily follow in the steps of his father, "A man after the LORD's own heart, who would fulfill all His will." His desire was to feed Israel with knowledge and wisdom from God.
  • Alie jent
    There is no new thing under
    the sun. What has happened
    or occuring in your life has
    occured before. What we
    are seeing today was there
    already. eg. Artificial
    insemination. Joseph did
    not sleep with marry but
    marry got pregnant. eg2.
    elevator: Jacob saw angels
    running to and fro in his
    dreams. Women crying for
    children. Hannah did the
    same thing.
  • Christian o.
    yes , thisbook is filled with wisdom. my advice to all is that : they should live in wisdom like solomon
  • Linda Johnson for verse 10
    I'm not really sure, it looks like it is saying history repeats itself, however,. one must read with the mind of Christ in the spirit of the living God...

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