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

  • Claude perea
    Jesus our Lord is all knowing all wise and all power yet most people in this life don't care to know him This I Would Say Is TRULY vanity
  • A disciple
    Pauson; this is something that many of us were taught, by those who didn't know themselves! The fact is, that Solomon had asked the LORD for this wisdom to be able to feed the people with knowledge and understanding. "The Preacher;" which is most accurately interpreted, "The Summoner, (one who calls to assembly);" was written for awakening men out of the vanities of this life, to bring them to God
  • Pauson
    Solomon could not understand his purpise of living. He served his interests rather than thinking about his legacy. All is vanity without christ.
  • Chris Powell
    All that we seek and have is vanity, listen to what the Lord is saying. We can own everything in this world but will never be satisfied.
  • A disciple
    Billy B. Yes, I think those are good points. Something more you may find interesting; when we think of Ecclesiastes as God's Spirit in Solomon preaching to His people Israel, and summoning them to the great Assembly of the Saved; of all the distractions, cares and pleasures of this life; of all the vanity and vexation of spirit; how do we consider, "What will a man give in exchange for his soul?"
  • Billy b
    So what I get out of it is that no matter how great or how strong and big Jesus makes us where only made in his image we are not perfect the point is not to focus on the bad but to show God loves us all and came for sinners

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