Ecclesiastes 9:9

“Live joyfully with the wife whom thou lovest all the days of the life of thy vanity, which he hath given thee under the sun, all the days of thy vanity: for that is thy portion in this life, and in thy labour which thou takest under the sun.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Liue ioyfully with the wife, whom thou louest, all the dayes of the life of thy vanitie, which he hath giuen thee vnder the Sunne, all the dayes of thy vanitie: for that is thy portion in this life, and in thy labour which thou takest vnder the Sunne.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Enjoy life with the woman whom you love all the days of your fleeting life which He has given to you under the sun; for this is your reward in life and in your toil in which you have labored under the sun.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Live joyfully with the wife whom thou lovest all the days of thy life of vanity, which he hath given thee under the sun, all thy days of vanity: for that is thy portion in life, and in thy labor wherein thou laborest under the sun.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Have joy with the woman of your love all the days of your foolish life which he gives you under the sun. Because that is your part in life and in your work which you do under the sun.
- Basic English Bible

Enjoy life with the wife whom thou lovest all the days of the life of thy vanity, which he hath given thee under the sun, all the days of thy vanity; for that is thy portion in life, and in thy labour wherein thou art labouring under the sun.
- Darby Bible

Live joyfully with the wife whom thou lovest all the days of the life of thy vanity, which he hath given thee under the sun, all the days of thy vanity: for that is thy portion in this life, and in thy labor which thou takest under the sun.
- Webster's Bible

Live joyfully with the wife whom you love all the days of your life of vanity, which he has given you under the sun, all your days of vanity: for that is your portion in life, and in your labor in which you labor under the sun.
- World English Bible

See life with the wife whom thou hast loved, all the days of the life of thy vanity, that He hath given to thee under the sun, all the days of thy vanity, for it [is] thy portion in life, even of thy labour that thou art labouring at under the sun.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Enjoy life with the wife whom thou lovest all the days of the life of thy vanity, which He hath given thee under the sun, all the days of thy vanity; for that is thy portion in life, and in thy labour wherein thou labourest under the sun.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Ecclesiastes 9:9


9:9 Vanity - Of this vain and frail life.


Discussion for Ecclesiastes 9:9

  • Mike C Opara for verse 9
    This life is full of ups and downs, happy moments as well as sorrowful times. No one is immune to the stress and troubles of life. However, there is one place one can find succour, comfort and solace - in the home or family, with a loved and loving spouse (and children/siblings). What a tremendous blessing it is to have a happy home! Little wonder then that devil fights marriages leading to countless quarrels, seperations, divorces and broken homes. "Marriage is a unique relationship established by God to fulfill His plan and purpose on earth through man. The marriage institution is established to better the lives of both spouses. The benefits of marriage are best realized when both spouses are committed to it. A breach in the duties and obligations of marriiage by either or both partners, often leads to frustration and disappointment. However, there is the possibility of a joyful, blissful and fulfilling marital life in the midst of all negative experiences arising from different quarters. The basic indispensable ingredients of a satisfying relationship in marriage are acceptance and love on the part of the husband and submission from the wife. A home where there is peace is a home where there is no fault-finding, hardness and bitterness on the side of both husband and wife. Godly communication is the lubricant of marriage and family relationship. There must be a cordial relationship, with a determination to produce a lively and productive togetherness". Our marriages and family life can be a fore-taste of heaven on earth. We can make it work prayerfully and with determination. May the Lord help us in Jesus' name, Amen.

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