Ecclesiastes 6:9

“Better is the sight of the eyes than the wandering of the desire: this is also vanity and vexation of spirit.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Better is the sight of the eyes, then the wandering of the desire: this is also vanitie and vexation of spirit.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

What the eyes see is better than what the soul desires. This too is futility and a striving after wind.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Better is the sight of the eyes than the wandering of the desire: this also is vanity and a striving after wind.
- American Standard Version (1901)

What the eyes see is better than the wandering of desire. This is to no purpose and a desire for wind.
- Basic English Bible

Better is the seeing of the eyes than the wandering of the desire: this also is vanity and pursuit of the wind.
- Darby Bible

Better is the sight of the eyes than the wandering of the desire: this is also vanity and vexation of spirit.
- Webster's Bible

Better is the sight of the eyes than the wandering of the desire. This also is vanity and a chasing after wind.
- World English Bible

Better [is] the sight of the eyes than the going of the soul. This also [is] vanity and vexation of spirit.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Better is the seeing of the eyes than the wandering of the desire; this also is vanity and a striving after wind.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Ecclesiastes 6:9


6:9 The fight - The comfortable enjoyment of what a man hath. Than - Restless desires of what a man hath not. This - Wandering of the desire.


Discussion for Ecclesiastes 6

  • Omoniyi Akinrinsola
    seek thou which is the kingdom of God and his righteousness and every other things shall be added
  • Kabarie fofanah
    can you please give me an explanation of what verse 1 to 3 means
  • EMEKA .oJUKWU
    From the book of Ecclesiates I gathered that un guided life is calamity and destructive ,things should be done with God,s directive and guide line, He created the earth and knows how you can savely live on it without blame.
  • George v
    Praise the Lord,through Christ our Saviour . Ecclesiastes is a wonderful chapter, as it teaches to be seeking the spiritual part of out life on earth for the soul to prosper for life hereafter, But To seek material wealth and filled with all its glory is never satisfied or contend. Seek thee the kingdom of God.
  • Nohemy
    I think that Solomon is trying to explain how wealth,and richness can lead us to condamnation if we do not make use of it wisely.Making us understand that being under the sun,where the supposed "good life " is known to be "swell ",will make us lose reason the purpose of our creation which is to bless the Lord with what he gives to us , making us realize that in the end Wealth,glory power are materialist things vanities we should be focusing on our relationship with Christ,rather than trying to become rich instantly.
  • Wayne kaseba
    I think he cautining us that we should seek the kingdom of God first because everything under the sun has an end help me understand more please.

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