Parallel Verses

American Standard Version

So I hated life, because the work that is wrought under the sun was grievous unto me; for all is vanity and a striving after wind.

New American Standard Bible

So I hated life, for the work which had been done under the sun was grievous to me; because everything is futility and striving after wind.

King James Version

Therefore I hated life; because the work that is wrought under the sun is grievous unto me: for all is vanity and vexation of spirit.

Holman Bible

Therefore, I hated life because the work that was done under the sun was distressing to me. For everything is futile and a pursuit of the wind.

International Standard Version

So I hated life, because whatever is done on earth causes me trouble it's all pointless, like chasing after the wind.

A Conservative Version

So I hated life, because the work that is wrought under the sun was grievous to me. For all is vanity and a striving after wind.

Amplified

So I hated life, for the work which had been done under the sun caused me only great sorrow; because all is futility and chasing after the wind.

Bible in Basic English

So I was hating life, because everything under the sun was evil to me: all is to no purpose and desire for wind.

Darby Translation

And I hated life; for the work that is wrought under the sun was grievous unto me; for all is vanity and pursuit of the wind.

Julia Smith Translation

And I hated life, for evil to me the work done under the sun: for all vanity and striving of the spirit

King James 2000

Therefore I hated life; because the work that is done under the sun is grievous unto me: for all is vanity and like grasping the wind.

Lexham Expanded Bible

So I hated life because the work done under the sun [is] grievous to me. For everything [is] vanity and chasing wind!

Modern King James verseion

Therefore I hated life; because the work that is done under the sun is sad to me; for all is vanity and vexation of spirit.

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

Thus began I to be weary of my life, in so much that I could away with nothing that is done under the Sun, for all was but vanity and vexation of mind:

NET Bible

So I loathed life because what happens on earth seems awful to me; for all the benefits of wisdom are futile -- like chasing the wind.

New Heart English Bible

So I hated life, because the work that is worked under the sun was grievous to me; for all is vanity and a chasing after wind.

The Emphasized Bible

Therefore I hated life, for, a vexation unto me, was the work which was done under the sun, - for, all, was vanity, and a feeding on wind.

Webster

Therefore I hated life; because the work that is wrought under the sun is grievous to me: for all is vanity and vexation of spirit.

World English Bible

So I hated life, because the work that is worked under the sun was grievous to me; for all is vanity and a chasing after wind.

Youngs Literal Translation

And I have hated life, for sad to me is the work that hath been done under the sun, for the whole is vanity and vexation of spirit.

Interlinear

English(KJV)
Strong's
Root Form
Definition
Usage
שׂנא 
Sane' 
Usage: 145

חי 
Chay 
Usage: 502

מעשׂה 
Ma`aseh 
Usage: 234

under the sun
שׁמשׁ 
Shemesh 
Usage: 134

unto me for all is vanity
הבל הבל 
hebel 
Usage: 73

and vexation
רעוּת 
R@`uwth 
Usage: 7

Verse Info

Context Readings

Is There Real Happiness In Life?

16 For of the wise man, even as of the fool, there is no remembrance for ever; seeing that in the days to come all will have been long forgotten. And how doth the wise man die even as the fool! 17 So I hated life, because the work that is wrought under the sun was grievous unto me; for all is vanity and a striving after wind. 18 And I hated all my labor wherein I labored under the sun, seeing that I must leave it unto the man that shall be after me.



Cross References

Ecclesiastes 2:11

Then I looked on all the works that my hands had wrought, and on the labor that I had labored to do; and, behold, all was vanity and a striving after wind, and there was no profit under the sun.

Numbers 11:15

And if thou deal thus with me, kill me, I pray thee, out of hand, if I have found favor in thy sight; and let me not see my wretchedness.

1 Kings 19:4

But he himself went a day's journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper-tree: and he requested for himself that he might die, and said, It is enough; now, O Jehovah, take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers.

Job 3:20-22

Wherefore is light given to him that is in misery, And life unto the bitter in soul;

Job 7:15-16

So that my soul chooseth strangling, And death rather than these my bones.

Job 14:13

Oh that thou wouldest hide me in Sheol, That thou wouldest keep me secret, until thy wrath be past, That thou wouldest appoint me a set time, and remember me!

Psalm 89:47

Oh remember how short my time is: For what vanity hast thou created all the children of men!

Ecclesiastes 1:14

I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and, behold, all is vanity and a striving after wind.

Ecclesiastes 2:22

For what hath a man of all his labor, and of the striving of his heart, wherein he laboreth under the sun?

Ecclesiastes 3:16

And moreover I saw under the sun, in the place of justice, that wickedness was there; and in the place of righteousness, that wickedness was there.

Ecclesiastes 4:2

Wherefore I praised the dead that have been long dead more than the living that are yet alive;

Ecclesiastes 6:9

Better is the sight of the eyes than the wandering of the desire: this also is vanity and a striving after wind.

Jeremiah 20:14-18

Cursed be the day wherein I was born: let not the day wherein my mother bare me be blessed.

Ezekiel 3:14

So the Spirit lifted me up, and took me away; and I went in bitterness, in the heat of my spirit; and the hand of Jehovah was strong upon me.

Jonah 4:3

Therefore now, O Jehovah, take, I beseech thee, my life from me; for it is better for me to die than to live.

Jonah 4:8

And it came to pass, when the sun arose, that God prepared a sultry east wind; and the sun beat upon the head of Jonah, that he fainted, and requested for himself that he might die, and said, It is better for me to die than to live.

Habakkuk 1:3

Why dost thou show me iniquity, and look upon perverseness? for destruction and violence are before me; and there is strife, and contention riseth up.

Philippians 1:23-25

But I am in a strait betwixt the two, having the desire to depart and be with Christ; for it is very far better:

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