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

  • A disciple
    Dear Bob; I love the Book of 'The Preacher' or, 'The Summoner.' Some Bible expositors say that Ecclesiastes was a Book about Solomon's Non-Spirit filled attempt to figure out life. But what it really is, is a collection of examples used to call people to rise above this present existence, and all its vanity and vexation of spirit. The very Title of the Book implies Preaching and Calling Assembly.
  • Bob DeHaan
    I have gained much wisdom and understanding from this wonderful book called Ecclesiastes. The heart of man seeks all that is vanity in this world. We can not understand unless we give up our lives to Jesus Christ. We become new creations in Christ, seeking seeking An Eternal perspective instead of a vain and temporal perspective. Holy Spirit feed us the Bread of Life each new day!
  • Clarence Bagley
    could it be that Year's is only a myth if there is nothing new under the sun
  • Carolyn Rowe
    God gave Solomon wisdom greater than anyone before or after him, yet he ended up marrying 700 "strange " women ( heathens) who turned his heart from God to idols. Man at his best is vanity. He misuses God's gifts on his lust.
  • I perceive the knowledge of Geography as a subject already existing in full deta
    God is Omniscient. He knows everything, and we need to therefore fear Him alone who knows all things in secret and in the open, in dark or in light, in private or in public. Fear Him Alone!
  • 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

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