Parallel Verses

Holman Bible

This too is a sickening tragedy: exactly as he comes, so he will go. What does the one gain who struggles for the wind?

New American Standard Bible

This also is a grievous evil--exactly as a man is born, thus will he die. So what is the advantage to him who toils for the wind?

King James Version

And this also is a sore evil, that in all points as he came, so shall he go: and what profit hath he that hath laboured for the wind?

International Standard Version

This is also a painful tragedy: However a person comes, he also departs; so what does he gain as he labors after the wind?

A Conservative Version

And this also is a grievous evil, that in all points as he came, so shall he go. And what profit has he that he labored for the wind?

American Standard Version

And this also is a grievous evil, that in all points as he came, so shall he go: and what profit hath he that he laboreth for the wind?

Amplified

And this also is a serious and severe evil -- "that in all points as he came, so shall he go; and what gain has he who labors for the wind?

Bible in Basic English

And this again is a great evil, that in all points as he came so will he go; and what profit has he in working for the wind?

Darby Translation

And this also is a grievous evil, that in all points as he came so doth he go away, and what profit hath he, in having laboured for the wind?

Jubilee 2000 Bible

And this also is a sore evil; that in all points as he came, so shall he go; and what profit has he that has laboured for the wind?

Julia Smith Translation

And also this an evil making sick, wholly as he came so shall he go: and what to him he shall labor for the wind?

King James 2000

And this also is a great evil, that just as he came, so shall he go: and what profit has he who has labored for the wind?

Lexham Expanded Bible

This also [is] a grievous illness. Exactly as he came, so he will go. What profit [does] he gain for all his toil for the wind?

Modern King James verseion

And this also is a sore evil, that in all, as he came, so shall he go; and what profit does he have who has labored for the wind?

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

This is a miserable plague, that he shall go away even as he came. What helpeth him then, that he hath labored in the wind?

NET Bible

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

New Heart English Bible

This also is a grievous evil, that in all points as he came, so shall he go. And what profit does he have who labors for the wind?

The Emphasized Bible

Even this, moreover, is an incurable evil, altogether as he came, so, shall he depart, - what profit then shall he have who toileth for the wind?

Webster

And this also is a grievous evil, that in all points as he came, so shall he go: and what profit hath he that hath labored for the wind?

World English Bible

This also is a grievous evil, that in all points as he came, so shall he go. And what profit does he have who labors for the wind?

Youngs Literal Translation

And this also is a painful evil, just as he came, so he goeth, and what advantage is to him who laboureth for wind?

Interlinear

English(KJV)
Strong's
Root Form
Definition
Usage
זה 
Zoh 
Usage: 12

עמּה 
`ummah 
Usage: 32

as he came

come, bring, ... in, enter, go, carry, ...down, pass, ...out,
Usage: 0

so shall he go
ילך 
Yalak 
Usage: 0

and what profit
יתרון 
Yithrown 
Usage: 10

עמל 
`amal 
Usage: 11

References

Verse Info

Context Readings

Hoarding Wealth Can Backfire

15 As he came from his mother’s womb, so he will go again, naked as he came; he will take nothing for his efforts that he can carry in his hands. 16 This too is a sickening tragedy: exactly as he comes, so he will go. What does the one gain who struggles for the wind? 17 What is more, he eats in darkness all his days, with much sorrow, sickness, and anger.


Cross References

Proverbs 11:29

The one who brings ruin on his household
will inherit the wind,
and a fool will be a slave
to someone whose heart is wise.

Ecclesiastes 1:3

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

1 Samuel 12:21

Don’t turn away to follow worthless things that can’t profit or deliver you; they are worthless.

Ecclesiastes 2:22-23

For what does a man get with all his work and all his efforts that he labors at under the sun?

Ecclesiastes 5:13

There is a sickening tragedy I have seen under the sun: wealth kept by its owner to his harm.

Isaiah 26:18

We became pregnant, we writhed in pain;
we gave birth to wind.
We have won no victories on earth,
and the earth’s inhabitants have not fallen.

Jeremiah 2:8

The priests quit asking, “Where is the Lord?”
The experts in the law no longer knew Me,
and the rulers rebelled against Me.
The prophets prophesied by Baal
and followed useless idols.

Hosea 8:7

Indeed, they sow the wind
and reap the whirlwind.
There is no standing grain;
what sprouts fails to yield flour.
Even if they did,
foreigners would swallow it up.

Mark 8:36

For what does it benefit a man to gain the whole world yet lose his life?

John 6:27

Don’t work for the food that perishes but for the food that lasts for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you, because God the Father has set His seal of approval on Him.”

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