Ecclesiastes 11:10

“Therefore remove sorrow from thy heart, and put away evil from thy flesh: for childhood and youth are vanity.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Therefore remoue sorrow from thy heart, and put away euill from thy flesh; for child-hood & youth are vanitie.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

So, remove grief and anger from your heart and put away pain from your body, because childhood and the prime of life are fleeting.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Therefore remove sorrow from thy heart, and put away evil from thy flesh; for youth and the dawn of life are vanity.
- American Standard Version (1901)

So put away trouble from your heart, and sorrow from your flesh; because the early years and the best years are to no purpose.
- Basic English Bible

Then remove discontent from thy heart, and put away evil from thy flesh; for childhood and youth are vanity.
- Darby Bible

Therefore remove sorrow from thy heart, and put away evil from thy flesh: for childhood and youth are vanity.
- Webster's Bible

Therefore remove sorrow from your heart, and put away evil from your flesh; for youth and the dawn of life are vanity.
- World English Bible

And turn aside anger from thy heart, And cause evil to pass from thy flesh, For the childhood and the age [are] vanity!
- Youngs Literal Bible

Therefore remove vexation from thy heart, and put away evil from thy flesh; for childhood and youth are vanity.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Ecclesiastes 11:10


11:10 Sorrow - Sensual and disorderly lusts, which he elegantly calls sorrow, to intimate, that although such practices at present gratify mens senses, yet they will shortly bring them to intolerable sorrows. Evil - All evil desires, tho' now they seem good to thee. Vanity - Most vain. The time of youth is vanishing and transitory, and old age and death will speedily come, against which every wise man will take care to lay in solid provisions and comforts.


Discussion for Ecclesiastes 11:10

  • Susan Dalton for verse 10
    Happy New Year!
    "Therefore remove sorrow from thy heart, and put away evil from thy flesh: for childhood and youth are vanity." (Ecclesiastes 11:10)

    When looking back over a year or over a life, many may have sorrow of heart and see where they went wrong.

    When we walk contrary to God's ways and walk in our own ways, when we look back we can have sorrow of heart and regret the way we took.

    I heard a man asked in an interview what was his biggest regret in life; his answer was the husband he was in his first marriage. I heard sorrow of heart and regret. The sorrow is what the heart feels and knows; the evil in the flesh is the wrong way seen.

    A man was beaming talking about his love of the Lord. As he talked, he referenced all the tattoes that were on his body; he said they were before he came to the Lord. Though his flesh evidenced a way he wished he had not gone, and his heart expressed recognition and sorrow of a way he had took, he had joy in the spirit. His new man rejoiced, even as he sought to acknowledge the lasting image of the old man. Yet, as he stayed in the new man and the spirit of the Lord, the image of the old was covered.

    I heard a man say his biggest regrets in life were distractions. He expressed sorrow of heart when looking at the error of his flesh.

    For any to not have sorrow of heart and to not be grieved over the wrong seen in their flesh, the sorrow and the wrong must be removed.

    Jesus Christ has come, and in Him is forgiveness of all sins. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

    If any has sinned against us, we forgive as Christ has forgiven us. If we have sinned against others, we seek their forgiveness.

    As we begin to walk anew, if we desire to not have sorrow of heart and to not see a wrong way in our flesh, we must walk in the Spirit, keeping the way of the Lord and His commandments.

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