Parallel Verses

NET Bible

What benefit do people get from all the effort which they expend on earth?

New American Standard Bible

What advantage does man have in all his work
Which he does under the sun?

King James Version

What profit hath a man of all his labour which he taketh under the sun?

Holman Bible

What does a man gain for all his efforts
that he labors at under the sun?

International Standard Version

What does a man gain from all of the work that he undertakes on earth?

A Conservative Version

What profit has man from all his labor in which he labors under the sun?

American Standard Version

What profit hath man of all his labor wherein he laboreth under the sun?


What advantage does man have from all his work
Which he does under the sun (while earthbound)?

Bible in Basic English

What is a man profited by all his work which he does under the sun?

Darby Translation

What profit hath man of all his labour wherewith he laboureth under the sun?

Julia Smith Translation

What the profit to a man in all the labor he will labor under the sun?

King James 2000

What profit has a man of all his labor which he takes under the sun?

Lexham Expanded Bible

What does a person gain in all his toil with which he toils under the sun?

Modern King James verseion

What is the profit to a man in all his labor which he labors under the sun?

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

For what else hath a man, of all the labor that he taketh under the Sun?

New Heart English Bible

What does man gain from all his labor in which he labors under the sun?

The Emphasized Bible

What profit hath Man, in all his toil wherewith he toileth under the sun?


What profit hath a man of all his labor, which he taketh under the sun?

World English Bible

What does man gain from all his labor in which he labors under the sun?

Youngs Literal Translation

What advantage is to man by all his labour that he laboureth at under the sun?


Root Form
Usage: 10

hath a man
Usage: 541

Usage: 11


Context Readings

All Toil Is Profitless And Repetitious

2 "Futile! Futile!" laments the Teacher, "Absolutely futile! Everything is futile!" 3 What benefit do people get from all the effort which they expend on earth? 4 A generation comes and a generation goes, but the earth remains the same through the ages.

Cross References

Ecclesiastes 2:11

Yet when I reflected on everything I had accomplished and on all the effort that I had expended to accomplish it, I concluded: "All these achievements and possessions are ultimately profitless -- like chasing the wind! There is nothing gained from them on earth."

Ecclesiastes 3:9

What benefit can a worker gain from his toil?

Ecclesiastes 5:16

This is another misfortune: Just as he came, so will he go. What did he gain from toiling for the wind?

Ecclesiastes 2:22

What does a man acquire from all his labor and from the anxiety that accompanies his toil on earth?

Proverbs 23:4-5

Do not wear yourself out to become rich; be wise enough to restrain yourself.

Ecclesiastes 2:19

Who knows if he will be a wise man or a fool? Yet he will be master over all the fruit of my labor for which I worked so wisely on earth! This also is futile!

Ecclesiastes 4:3

But better than both is the one who has not been born and has not seen the evil things that are done on earth.

Ecclesiastes 4:7

So I again considered another futile thing on earth:

Ecclesiastes 5:18

I have seen personally what is the only beneficial and appropriate course of action for people: to eat and drink, and find enjoyment in all their hard work on earth during the few days of their life which God has given them, for this is their reward.

Ecclesiastes 6:12

For no one knows what is best for a person during his life -- during the few days of his fleeting life -- for they pass away like a shadow. Nor can anyone tell him what the future will hold for him on earth.

Ecclesiastes 7:11

Wisdom, like an inheritance, is a good thing; it benefits those who see the light of day.

Ecclesiastes 8:15-17

So I recommend the enjoyment of life, for there is nothing better on earth for a person to do except to eat, drink, and enjoy life. So joy will accompany him in his toil during the days of his life which God gives him on earth.

Ecclesiastes 9:3

This is the unfortunate fact about everything that happens on earth: the same fate awaits everyone. In addition to this, the hearts of all people are full of evil, and there is folly in their hearts during their lives -- then they die.

Ecclesiastes 9:6

What they loved, as well as what they hated and envied, perished long ago, and they no longer have a part in anything that happens on earth.

Ecclesiastes 9:13

This is what I also observed about wisdom on earth, and it is a great burden to me:

Isaiah 55:2

Why pay money for something that will not nourish you? Why spend your hard-earned money on something that will not satisfy? Listen carefully to me and eat what is nourishing! Enjoy fine food!

Habakkuk 2:13

Be sure of this! The Lord who commands armies has decreed: The nations' efforts will go up in smoke; their exhausting work will be for nothing.

Habakkuk 2:18

What good is an idol? Why would a craftsman make it? What good is a metal image that gives misleading oracles? Why would its creator place his trust in it and make such mute, worthless things?

Matthew 16:26

For what does it benefit a person if he gains the whole world but forfeits his life? Or what can a person give in exchange for his life?

Mark 8:36-37

For what benefit is it for a person to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his life?

John 6:27

Do not work for the food that disappears, but for the food that remains to eternal life -- the food which the Son of Man will give to you. For God the Father has put his seal of approval on him."

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