Ecclesiastes 3:10

“I have seen the travail, which God hath given to the sons of men to be exercised in it.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

I haue seene the trauaile which God hath giuen to the sonnes of men, to be exercised in it.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

I have seen the task which God has given the sons of men with which to occupy themselves.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

I have seen the travail which God hath given to the sons of men to be exercised therewith.
- American Standard Version (1901)

I saw the work which God has put on the sons of man.
- Basic English Bible

I have seen the travail that God hath given to the sons of men to toil in.
- Darby Bible

I have seen the labor, which God hath given to the sons of men to be exercised in it.
- Webster's Bible

I have seen the burden which God has given to the sons of men to be afflicted with.
- World English Bible

I have seen the travail that God hath given to the sons of man to be humbled by it.
- Youngs Literal Bible

I have seen the task which God hath given to the sons of men to be exercised therewith.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Ecclesiastes 3:10


3:10 Seen - I have diligently observed mens various employments, and the different successes of them. Hath given - Which God hath imposed upon men as their duty; to which therefore men ought quickly to submit. Exercised - That hereby they might have constant matter of exercise for their diligence, and patience, and submission to God's will and providence.


Discussion for Ecclesiastes 3

  • May
    To expect justice in every situation is unrealistic. Rather than feel anxious about what is happening in the world today, we should wait on Jehovah God to set matters straight.
  • Ross
    For me, this verse alludes to a sense of presence. Savor each moment of your life as they are given to you. If you only ever want steak when soup is served, and wish only for soup while steak is being prepared, then you find yourself always dissatisfied, even though you were given everything you ever wanted. Stop clinging to the past, and quit sitting around waiting on the future. Be fashionable to the time.
  • E.L.Sigh Sr.
    For Everyone there are seasons, the righteousness of a Man,shall line-up with the WiLL of God's favour,Grace, Mercies! God's Best Blessings to EveryOne I JHN! Amen
  • Lilian
    For God's thought is higher than our thoughts and his ways are higher than our ways neither our ways is his. God has appointed time to heal us and bless us for he is God who knows his time. Only his time will work perfectly . Thank you Jesus for everything. I love you and will trust you forever. Help me to be born again in spirit all the days of my life amen
  • Shewit Abraham
    Yea I agree and it is comforting to know God has ordained the time of every season and purpose. Helps me to look forward with the One who created me and knows me my inner most. My shepherd Jesus You lead me Along the green pastures and You restore my Soul and prepare a table in the presence of my enemies where you build me with faith and your Trust.Through your word. For faith comes by hearing your precious word as faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not yet seen.Amen Amen
  • Richard Ankrah for verse 11
    It is satifying to know that God has hidden the mystery of how He created all things and continually does HIS things to His glory alone least man may boast of imitating what God has done.At His own time, place, how, when and who He chooses is what man cannot understand it. Esther was a Jew but God changed her status just like Joseph, Jabez, Daniel and all those known in the Bible. Whatever God had done does not make sense to man and so will it be.

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