Ecclesiastes 4:4

“Again, I considered all travail, and every right work, that for this a man is envied of his neighbour. This is also vanity and vexation of spirit.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Againe I considered all trauaile, and euery right worke, that for this a man is enuied of his neighbour: this is also vanitie, and vexation of spirit.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

I have seen that every labor and every skill which is done is {the result of} rivalry between a man and his neighbor. This too is vanity and striving after wind.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Then I saw all labor and every skilful work, that for this a man is envied of his neighbor. This also is vanity and a striving after wind.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And I saw that the cause of all the work and of everything which is done well was man's envy of his neighbour. This again is to no purpose and a desire for wind.
- Basic English Bible

And I saw all labour, and all success of work, that it is man's jealousy of his neighbour. This also is vanity and pursuit of the wind.
- Darby Bible

Again, I considered all labor, and every right work, that for this a man is envied by his neighbor. This is also vanity and vexation of spirit.
- Webster's Bible

Then I saw all the labor and achievement that is the envy of a man's neighbor. This also is vanity and a striving after wind.
- World English Bible

And I have seen all the labour, and all the benefit of the work, because for it a man is the envy of his neighbour. Even this [is] vanity and vexation of spirit.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Again, I considered all labour and all excelling in work, that it is a man's rivalry with his neighbour. This also is vanity and a striving after wind.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Ecclesiastes 4:4


4:4 Right work - All the worthy designs of virtuous men. Envied - Instead of honour, he meets with envy and obloquy.


Discussion for Ecclesiastes 4

  • Williedean
    Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labor.

    For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow, but woe to him that is alone when he falleth for he hath not another to help him up.

    Again, if two lie together, then they have heat, but how can one be warm alone?
  • BSP
    King Solomon wrote these words but unfortunately verse 13 applied to Solomon himself. He became an unwise old king because he stop listening to admonishment or warnings.
  • Jim
    A woman was made of man. Read the virtues of a good woman in Proverbs. A woman is not property. Paul writes that neither does a man have dominion over a woman nor a woman over the man but they are one flesh. While the man is the head of the woman, God is the head of them both.
  • Geraldine cole
    Gen.18.22.23.God made women for the man if u are not going by God plan u will have answere to God one day that the truth from the bible . .
  • Christopher
    God gives us all things in life and takes all things back, it 's not our place to know all but to try,and to be happy trying.It may not always be good times all the time but in the end of it all, life itself was and is worth it.
  • TRULY TOUCHING. it talks how the body of Christ need to carry each other. I like your interpretation.

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