Ecclesiastes 3:9

“What profit hath he that worketh in that wherein he laboureth?”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

What profite hath hee that worketh, in that wherein he laboureth?
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

What profit is there to the worker from that in which he toils?
- New American Standard Version (1995)

What profit hath he that worketh in that wherein he laboreth?
- American Standard Version (1901)

What profit has the worker in the work which he does?
- Basic English Bible

What profit hath he that worketh from that wherein he laboureth?
- Darby Bible

What profit hath he that worketh in that in which he laboreth?
- Webster's Bible

What profit has he who works in that in which he labors?
- World English Bible

What advantage hath the doer in that which he is labouring at?
- Youngs Literal Bible

What profit hath he that worketh in that he laboureth?
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Ecclesiastes 3:9

3:9 What profit - Seeing then all events are out of man's power, and no man can do or enjoy any thing at his pleasure, but only when God pleaseth, as has been shewed in many particulars, and is as true and certain in all others, hence it follows, that all men's labours, without God's blessing, are unprofitable, and utterly insufficient to make them happy.

Discussion for Ecclesiastes 3

  • BSP
    Verse 1 shows that there is a time and place for everything. We have to train and educate ourselves on what is the proper time for certain activities and when to refrain from such.
  • Trish
    For everything there is an appointed time. God wants his creatures to enjoy life! Eccl 3:11 he put time indefinite in our hearts that's why humans do all they can to not die, prolonge it by going to Dr. when sick, if humans really believed there glory was at hand they would not prolonged things. But when 1 Cor 15:21-26 is fulfilled after Jesus rules for 1000 yrs, Adamic death is brought to an end.
  • 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
    Every good gifts comes from above.
    There is always a season for everything and a time to every purpose under the heaven. But God provide Jesus to us to have life in abundance. Jesus the only Jehovah the Provider, the Savior, my Peace, my Healer ,my Deliverer, my Salvation my everything. Thank you Lord for the BLOOD YOU SHED FOR US. BECAUSE YOU LIVE WE SHALL LIVE ALSO TEACH US LORD TO BE BORN AG

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