Parallel Verses

International Standard Version

Sweet is the sleep of a working man, whether he eats a little or a lot, but the excess wealth of the rich will not allow him to rest.

New American Standard Bible

The sleep of the working man is pleasant, whether he eats little or much; but the full stomach of the rich man does not allow him to sleep.

King James Version

The sleep of a labouring man is sweet, whether he eat little or much: but the abundance of the rich will not suffer him to sleep.

Holman Bible

The sleep of the worker is sweet, whether he eats little or much, but the abundance of the rich permits him no sleep.

A Conservative Version

The sleep of a laboring man is sweet, whether he eats little or much, but the fullness of the rich will not allow him to sleep.

American Standard Version

The sleep of a laboring man is sweet, whether he eat little or much; but the fulness of the rich will not suffer him to sleep.

Amplified

The sleep of a working man is sweet, whether he eats little or much; but the full stomach (greed) of the rich [who hungers for even more] will not let him sleep.

Bible in Basic English

The sleep of a working man is sweet, if he has little food or much; but to him who is full, sleep will not come.

Darby Translation

The sleep of the labourer is sweet, whether he have eaten little or much; but the fulness of the rich doth not suffer him to sleep.

Julia Smith Translation

The sleep of the servant is sweet, if little, or if much he shall eat: and the satiety to the rich not permitting to him to sleep.

King James 2000

The sleep of a laboring man is sweet, whether he eats little or much: but the abundance of the rich will not allow him to sleep.

Lexham Expanded Bible

The sleep of the laborer [is] pleasant, whether he eats little or much, but the wealth of the rich man does not allow him to rest.

Modern King James verseion

The sleep of a laboring man is sweet, whether he eats little or much; but the abundance of the rich will not allow him to sleep.

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

A labouring man sleepeth sweetly, whether it be little or much that he eateth; but the abundance of the rich will not suffer him to sleep.

NET Bible

The sleep of the laborer is pleasant -- whether he eats little or much -- but the wealth of the rich will not allow him to sleep.

New Heart English Bible

The sleep of a laboring man is sweet, whether he eats little or much; but the abundance of the rich will not allow him to sleep.

The Emphasized Bible

Sweet the sleep of the labourer, whether, little or much, he eat, - but, the surfeit of the rich man, will not suffer him to sleep.

Webster

The sleep of a laboring man is sweet, whether he eateth little or much: but the abundance of the rich will not suffer him to sleep.

World English Bible

The sleep of a laboring man is sweet, whether he eats little or much; but the abundance of the rich will not allow him to sleep.

Youngs Literal Translation

Sweet is the sleep of the labourer whether he eat little or much; and the sufficiency of the wealthy is not suffering him to sleep.

Interlinear

English(KJV)
Strong's
Root Form
Definition
Usage
שׁנא שׁנה 
Shehah 
Usage: 23

of a labouring man
עבד 
`abad 
Usage: 288

is sweet
מתוּק מתוק 
Mathowq 
Usage: 12

אכל 
'akal 
Usage: 809

מעט מעט 
M@`at 
Usage: 101

or much
רבה 
Rabah 
Usage: 224

but the abundance
שׂבע 
Saba` 
Usage: 8

of the rich
עשׁיר 
`ashiyr 
Usage: 23

will not suffer
ינח 
Yanach 
Usage: 0

Prayers for Ecclesiastes 5:12

Context Readings

There Is Never Enough Money To Satisfy

11 When possessions increase, so does the number of consumers; therefore what good are they to their owners, except to look at them? 12 Sweet is the sleep of a working man, whether he eats a little or a lot, but the excess wealth of the rich will not allow him to rest. 13 I have observed a painful tragedy on earth: Wealth hoarded by its owner harms him,


Cross References

Proverbs 3:24

When you sit down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be pleasant.

Psalm 4:8

I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, LORD, enable me to live securely. To the Director: For flutes. A Davidic Psalm

Psalm 127:2

It is useless to get up early and to stay up late, eating the food of exhausting labor truly he gives sleep to those he loves.

Jeremiah 31:26

Then I awoke and looked around, and I had had a pleasant sleep.

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