Ecclesiastes 5:16

“And this also is a sore evil, that in all points as he came, so shall he go: and what profit hath he that hath laboured for the wind?”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And this also is a sore euill, that in all points as he came, so shall hee goe: and what profit hath he that hath laboured for the winde?
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

This also is a grievous evil--exactly as a man is born, thus will he die. So what is the advantage to him who toils for the wind?
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And this also is a grievous evil, that in all points as he came, so shall he go: and what profit hath he that he laboreth for the wind?
- American Standard Version (1901)

And this again is a great evil, that in all points as he came so will he go; and what profit has he in working for the wind?
- Basic English Bible

And this also is a grievous evil, that in all points as he came so doth he go away, and what profit hath he, in having laboured for the wind?
- Darby Bible

And this also is a grievous evil, that in all points as he came, so shall he go: and what profit hath he that hath labored for the wind?
- Webster's Bible

This also is a grievous evil, that in all points as he came, so shall he go. And what profit does he have who labors for the wind?
- World English Bible

And this also [is] a painful evil, just as he came, so he goeth, and what advantage [is] to him who laboureth for wind?
- Youngs Literal Bible

(5:15) And this also is a grievous evil, that in all points as he came, so shall he go; and what profit hath he that he laboureth for the wind?
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Ecclesiastes 5:16


5:16 The wind - For riches, which are empty and unsatisfying, uncertain and transitory, which no man can hold or stay in its course, all which are the properties of the wind.


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