Parallel Verses

King James 2000

A man to whom God has given riches, wealth, and honor, so that he wants nothing for his soul of all that he desires, yet God gives him not power to eat of it, but a stranger eats it: this is vanity, and it is an evil affliction.

New American Standard Bible

a man to whom God has given riches and wealth and honor so that his soul lacks nothing of all that he desires; yet God has not empowered him to eat from them, for a foreigner enjoys them. This is vanity and a severe affliction.

King James Version

A man to whom God hath given riches, wealth, and honour, so that he wanteth nothing for his soul of all that he desireth, yet God giveth him not power to eat thereof, but a stranger eateth it: this is vanity, and it is an evil disease.

Holman Bible

God gives a man riches, wealth, and honor so that he lacks nothing of all he desires for himself, but God does not allow him to enjoy them. Instead, a stranger will enjoy them. This is futile and a sickening tragedy.

International Standard Version

a man to whom God gives wealth, riches, and honor, so that he lacks none of his heart's desires but God does not give him the capability to enjoy them. Instead, a stranger consumes them. This is pointless and a grievous affliction.

A Conservative Version

A man to whom God gives riches, wealth, and honor, so that he lacks nothing for his soul of all that he desires, yet God does not give him power to eat of it, but an alien eats it. This is vanity, and it is an evil disease.

American Standard Version

a man to whom God giveth riches, wealth, and honor, so that he lacketh nothing for his soul of all that he desireth, yet God giveth him not power to eat thereof, but an alien eateth it; this is vanity, and it is an evil disease.

Amplified

a man to whom God has given riches and wealth and honor, so that he lacks nothing of all that he desires, yet God has not given him the power or capacity to enjoy them [all those things which are gifts from God], but a stranger [in whom he has no interest succeeds him and] enjoys them. This is vanity and it is a [cause of] great distress.

Bible in Basic English

A man to whom God gives money, wealth, and honour so that he has all his desires but God does not give him the power to have joy of it, and a strange man takes it. This is to no purpose and an evil disease.

Darby Translation

one to whom God giveth riches, wealth, and honour, and he wanteth nothing for his soul of all that he desireth, yet God giveth him not power to eat thereof, but a stranger eateth it: this is vanity, and a sore evil.

Julia Smith Translation

A man which God will give to him wealth and riches and honor, and wanting not to his soul from all which he shall desire, and God will not permit him to eat from it, for a man, a stranger shall eat it. This is vanity and it is an evil disease.

Lexham Expanded Bible

God gives a man wealth, possessions, and honor, so that he lacks nothing his heart desires; yet God does not enable him to enjoy it--instead someone else ends up enjoying it. This [is] vanity--indeed, it [is] a grievous ill!

Modern King James verseion

a man to whom God has given riches, wealth, and honor, so that he lacks nothing for his soul of all that he desires, yet God does not give him power to eat of it, but a stranger eats it. This is vanity, and it is an evil disease.

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

When God giveth a man riches, goods and honour, so that he wanteth nothing of all that his heart can desire, and yet God giveth him not leave to enjoy the same, but another man spendeth them. This is a vain thing and a miserable plague.

NET Bible

God gives a man riches, property, and wealth so that he lacks nothing that his heart desires, yet God does not enable him to enjoy the fruit of his labor -- instead, someone else enjoys it! This is fruitless and a grave misfortune.

New Heart English Bible

a man to whom God gives riches, wealth, and honor, so that he lacks nothing for his soul of all that he desires, yet God gives him no power to eat of it, but a foreigner eats it. This is vanity, and it is an evil disease.

The Emphasized Bible

A man to whom God giveth riches and gains and honour, so that nothing doth he lack for his soul - of all that he craveth, and yet God doth not give him power to eat thereof, but, a man unknown, eateth it, - this, was vanity, and, an incurable evil, it was.

Webster

A man to whom God hath given riches, wealth, and honor, so that he wanteth nothing for his soul of all that he desireth, yet God giveth him not power to eat of it, but a stranger eateth it: this is vanity, and it is an evil disease.

World English Bible

a man to whom God gives riches, wealth, and honor, so that he lacks nothing for his soul of all that he desires, yet God gives him no power to eat of it, but an alien eats it. This is vanity, and it is an evil disease.

Youngs Literal Translation

A man to whom God giveth wealth, and riches, and honour, and there is no lack to his soul of all that he desireth, and God giveth him not power to eat of it, but a stranger eateth it; this is vanity, and it is an evil disease.

Interlinear

English(KJV)
Strong's
Root Form
Definition
Usage
A man
אישׁ 
'iysh 
Usage: 692

to whom God
אלהים 
'elohiym 
Usage: 2600

נתן 
Nathan 
Usage: 2011

עשׁר 
`osher 
Usage: 37

נכס 
Nekec 
Usage: 5

and honour
כּבד כּבוד 
Kabowd 
Usage: 200

so that he wanteth
חסר 
Chacer 
Usage: 18

נפשׁ 
Nephesh 
Usage: 753

of all that he desireth
אוה 
'avah 
Usage: 26

אלהים 
'elohiym 
Usage: 2600

שׁלט 
Shalat 
Usage: 8

to eat
אכל 
'akal 
Usage: 809

thereof, but a stranger
אישׁ 
'iysh 
Usage: 692

אכל 
'akal 
Usage: 809

it this is vanity
הבל הבל 
hebel 
Usage: 73

and it is an evil
רעה רע 
Ra` 
Usage: 669

References

Context Readings

Those Who Have Wealth But Do Not Enjoy It Are Pitiful

1 There is an evil which I have seen under the sun, and it is common among men: 2 A man to whom God has given riches, wealth, and honor, so that he wants nothing for his soul of all that he desires, yet God gives him not power to eat of it, but a stranger eats it: this is vanity, and it is an evil affliction. 3 If a man begets a hundred children, and lives many years, so that the days of his years are many, and his soul is not filled with good, and also that he has no burial; I say, that a stillborn birth is better than he.


Cross References

Psalm 17:14

From men by your hand, O LORD, from men of the world, who have their portion in this life, and whose belly you fill with your hid treasure: they are full of children, and leave the rest of their substance to their babes.

Ecclesiastes 5:19

Every man also to whom God has given riches and wealth, and has given him power to eat of it, and to accept his lot, and to rejoice in his labor; this is the gift of God.

1 Kings 3:13

And I have also given you that which you have not asked, both riches, and honor: so that there shall not be any among the kings like unto you all your days.

Psalm 73:7

Their eyes stand out with abundance: they have more than heart could wish.

Deuteronomy 8:7-10

For the LORD your God brings you into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and depths that spring out of valleys and hills;

Deuteronomy 28:33

The fruit of your land, and all your labors, shall a nation which you know not eat up; and you shall be only oppressed and crushed continually:

Deuteronomy 28:43

The stranger that is among you shall rise up above you higher and higher; and you shall come down lower and lower.

Judges 18:10

When you go, you shall come unto a people secure, and to a large land: for God has given it into your hands; a place where there is no lack of any thing that is in the earth.

1 Chronicles 29:25

And the LORD magnified Solomon exceedingly in the sight of all Israel, and bestowed upon him such royal majesty as had not been on any king before him in Israel.

1 Chronicles 29:28

And he died in a good old age, full of days, riches, and honor: and Solomon his son reigned in his stead.

2 Chronicles 1:11

And God said to Solomon, Because this was in your heart, and you have not asked riches, wealth, or honor, nor the life of your enemies, neither yet have asked long life; but have asked wisdom and knowledge for yourself, that you may judge my people, over whom I have made you king:

Job 21:9-15

Their houses are safe from fear, neither is the rod of God upon them.

Psalm 39:6

Surely every man walks in a vain show: surely they are in turmoil in vain: he heaps up riches, and knows not who shall gather them.

Ecclesiastes 2:4-10

I made myself great works; I built houses; I planted vineyards:

Ecclesiastes 4:4

Again, I considered all toil, and every skillful work, that for this a man is envied by his neighbor. This is also vanity and grasping after the wind.

Ecclesiastes 4:8

There is one alone, and there is not a second; yea, he has neither child nor brother: yet is there no end of all his labor; neither is his eye satisfied with riches; neither says he, For whom do I labor, and deprive my soul of good? This is also vanity, yea, it is a heavy travail.

Ecclesiastes 5:16

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?

Lamentations 5:2

Our inheritance is turned to strangers, our houses to aliens.

Daniel 5:18

O king, the most high God gave Nebuchadnezzar your father a kingdom, and majesty, and glory, and honor:

Hosea 7:9

Strangers have devoured his strength, and he knows it not: yea, gray hairs are here and there upon him, yet he knows not.

Luke 12:19-20

And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease, eat, drink, and be merry.

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