Ecclesiastes 2:20

“Therefore I went about to cause my heart to despair of all the labour which I took under the sun.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Therefore I went about to cause my heart to despaire of all the labour which I tooke vnder the Sunne.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Therefore I completely despaired of all the fruit of my labor for which I had labored under the sun.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Therefore I turned about to cause my heart to despair concerning all the labor wherein I had labored under the sun.
- American Standard Version (1901)

So my mind was turned to grief for all the trouble I had taken and all my wisdom under the sun.
- Basic English Bible

Then I went about to cause my heart to despair of all the labour wherewith I had laboured under the sun.
- Darby Bible

Therefore I went about to cause my heart to despair of all the labor which I took under the sun.
- Webster's Bible

Therefore I began to cause my heart to despair concerning all the labor in which I had labored under the sun.
- World English Bible

And I turned round to cause my heart to despair concerning all the labour that I laboured at under the sun.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Therefore I turned about to cause my heart to despair concerning all the labour wherein I had laboured under the sun.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Ecclesiastes 2:20


2:20 Despair - I gave myself up to despair of ever reaping that satisfaction which I promised to myself.


Discussion for Ecclesiastes 2:20

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