Ecclesiastes 5:12

“The sleep of a labouring man is sweet, whether he eat little or much: but the abundance of the rich will not suffer him to sleep.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

The sleepe of a labouring man is sweete, whether he eate little or much: but the abundance of the rich will not suffer him to sleepe.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

The sleep of the working man is pleasant, whether he eats little or much; but the full stomach of the rich man does not allow him to sleep.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

The sleep of a laboring man is sweet, whether he eat little or much; but the fulness of the rich will not suffer him to sleep.
- American Standard Version (1901)

The sleep of a working man is sweet, if he has little food or much; but to him who is full, sleep will not come.
- Basic English Bible

The sleep of the labourer is sweet, whether he have eaten little or much; but the fulness of the rich doth not suffer him to sleep.
- Darby Bible

The sleep of a laboring man is sweet, whether he eateth little or much: but the abundance of the rich will not suffer him to sleep.
- Webster's Bible

The sleep of a laboring man is sweet, whether he eats little or much; but the abundance of the rich will not allow him to sleep.
- World English Bible

Sweet [is] the sleep of the labourer whether he eat little or much; and the sufficiency of the wealthy is not suffering him to sleep.
- Youngs Literal Bible

(5:11) Sweet is the sleep of a labouring man, whether he eat little or much; but the satiety of the rich will not suffer him to sleep.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

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Discussion for Ecclesiastes 5:12

  • For the fact that I engaged in something productive during the day, God will reward me with a pleasant rest for he gives his beloved sleep Psm127:2c

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