Parallel Verses

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 yet a plague under the Sun, and it is a general thing among men: 2 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. 3 If a man beget a hundredth children, and live many years, so that his days are many in number, and yet cannot enjoy his good, neither be buried: as for him I say, that an untimely birth is better than he.


Cross References

Psalm 17:14

From the men of thy hand, O LORD, from the men, I say, and from the evil world, which have their portion in this life, whose bellies thou fillest with thy hid treasure.

Ecclesiastes 5:19

For unto whomsoever God giveth riches, goods and power, he giveth it him to enjoy it, to take it for his portion, and to be refreshed of his labour: this is now the gift of God.

1 Kings 3:13

And thereto I have given thee that thou askedst not, both riches and honour: so that there shall be no king like thee all thy days.

Psalm 73:7

Their eyes swell with fatness, and they do even what they lust.

Deuteronomy 8:7-10

For the LORD thy God bringeth thee into a good land, a land of rivers of water, of fountains and of springs that spring out both in valleys and hills:

Deuteronomy 28:33

The fruit of thy land and all thy labours shall a nation eat, which thou knowest not; and thou shalt but suffer violence only and be oppressed always,

Deuteronomy 28:43

The strangers that are among you shall climb above thee up on high, and thou shalt come down beneath a-low.

Judges 18:10

When ye be come, ye shall come unto a people that casteth no perils, and unto a large country: for God hath given into your hands a place wherein is no lack of anything that is in the world."

1 Chronicles 29:25

And the LORD magnified Solomon on high, in the sight of all Israel, and gave him so glorious a kingdom as none of all that were kings before in Israel had.

1 Chronicles 29:28

And he died in a good age: old, rich and glorious. And Solomon his son reigned in his stead.

2 Chronicles 1:11

Then God said to Solomon, "Because thou hadst this in thine heart, and didst not ask treasure and riches, and honour and the lives of thine enemies, neither yet long life; But hast asked wisdom and knowledge, to judge my people, over which I have made thee king:

Job 21:9-15

Their houses are safe from all fear, for the rod of God doth not smite them.

Psalm 39:6

Yea every man walketh as it were a shadow, and disquieteth himself in vain: he heapeth up riches, and cannot tell who shall gather them.

Ecclesiastes 2:4-10

I made gorgeous fair works. I builded me houses, and planted vineyards.

Ecclesiastes 4:4

Again, I saw that all travail and diligence of labour was hated of every man. This is also a vain thing, and a vexation of mind.

Ecclesiastes 4:8

There is one man, no more but himself alone, having neither child nor brother: yet is there no end of his careful travail, his eyes cannot be satisfied with riches. Yet, doth he not remember himself, and say, "For whom do I take such travail? For whose pleasure do I thus consume away my life?" This is also a vain and miserable thing.

Ecclesiastes 5:16

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?

Lamentations 5:2

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

Daniel 5:18

O king, God the highest gave unto Nebuchadnezzar, thy father, the dignity of a king, with worship and honor:

Hosea 7:9

Strangers have devoured his strength, yet he regardeth it not: he waxeth full of gray hairs, yet will he not know it.

Luke 12:19-20

and I will say to my soul: Soul, thou hast much goods laid up in store for many years, take thine ease: eat, drink and be merry.'

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