Parallel Verses

New American Standard Bible

One hand full of rest is better than two fists full of labor and striving after wind.

King James Version

Better is an handful with quietness, than both the hands full with travail and vexation of spirit.

Holman Bible

Better one handful with rest, than two handfuls with effort and pursuit of the wind.

International Standard Version

It's better to have one handful of tranquility than to have two handfuls of trouble and to chase after the wind.

American Standard Version

Better is a handful, with quietness, than two handfuls with labor and striving after wind.

Amplified

Better is a handful with quietness than both hands full with painful effort, a vain striving after the wind and a feeding on it.

Bible in Basic English

One hand full of rest is better than two hands full of trouble and desire for wind.

Darby Translation

Better is a handful with quietness, than both hands full with labour and pursuit of the wind.

Jubilee 2000 Bible

Better is a handful with rest than both the hands full with travail and vexation of spirit.

Julia Smith Translation

Good a hand filled with rest, above two hands full of labor and striving of spirit.

King James 2000

Better is a handful with quietness, than both hands full with toil and grasping for the wind.

Lexham Expanded Bible

Better [is] one handful with peace than two fists full with toil and chasing wind.

Modern King James verseion

Better is a hand filled with rest than two fists with travail and vexation of spirit.

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

"One handful," sayeth he, "is better with rest, than both the hands full with labor and travail."

NET Bible

Better is one handful with some rest than two hands full of toil and chasing the wind.

New Heart English Bible

Better is a handful, with quietness, than two handfuls with labor and chasing after wind.

New simplified Bible

One hand full of quietness is better than two hands full of trouble and striving after wind.

The Emphasized Bible

Better a handful - with quietness, - than both hands, full - with toil, and feeding on wind.

Webster

Better is a handful with quietness, than both the hands full with toil and vexation of spirit.

World English Bible

Better is a handful, with quietness, than two handfuls with labor and chasing after wind.

Youngs Literal Translation

Better is a handful with quietness, than two handfuls with labour and vexation of spirit.'

Interlinear

English(KJV)
Strong's
Root Form
Definition
Usage
טוב 
Towb 
Usage: 553

is an handful
כּף 
Kaph 
Usage: 192

with quietness
נחת 
Nachath 
Usage: 8

חפן 
Chophen 
Usage: 6

מלו מלוא מלא 
M@lo' 
Usage: 37

and vexation
רעוּת 
R@`uwth 
Usage: 7

References

Context Readings

People Need Balance In Their Approach To Labor

5 The fool folds his hands and consumes his own flesh. 6 One hand full of rest is better than two fists full of labor and striving after wind. 7 Then I looked again at vanity under the sun.


Cross References

Proverbs 15:16-17

Better is a little with the fear of the LORD Than great treasure and turmoil with it.

Proverbs 16:8

Better is a little with righteousness Than great income with injustice.

Psalm 37:16

Better is the little of the righteous Than the abundance of many wicked.

Proverbs 17:1

Better is a dry morsel and quietness with it Than a house full of feasting with strife.



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