Parallel Verses

New American Standard Bible

When I gave my heart to know wisdom and to see the task which has been done on the earth (even though one should never sleep day or night),

King James Version

When I applied mine heart to know wisdom, and to see the business that is done upon the earth: (for also there is that neither day nor night seeth sleep with his eyes:)

Holman Bible

When I applied my mind to know wisdom and to observe the activity that is done on the earth (even though one’s eyes do not close in sleep day or night),

International Standard Version

When I dedicated myself to experience wisdom and to observe what is undertaken on earth even going without sleep day and night

A Conservative Version

When I applied my heart to know wisdom, and to see the business that is done upon the earth (for also there is he who sees sleep with his eyes neither day nor night),

American Standard Version

When I applied my heart to know wisdom, and to see the business that is done upon the earth (for also there is that neither day nor night seeth sleep with his eyes),

Amplified

When I applied my mind to know wisdom and to see the activities [of mankind] that take place upon the earth—how some men seem to sleep neither day nor night—

Bible in Basic English

When I gave my mind to the knowledge of wisdom and to seeing the business which is done on the earth (and there are those whose eyes see not sleep by day or by night),

Darby Translation

When I applied my heart to know wisdom, and to see the business that is done upon the earth (for also there is that neither day nor night seeth sleep with his eyes),

Julia Smith Translation

According as I gave my heart to know wisdom, and to see the labor that was done upon the earth: for also in the day and in the night he saw not sleep with his eyes.

King James 2000

When I applied my heart to know wisdom, and to see the business that is done upon the earth: (for also there is one who neither day nor night sees sleep with his eyes:)

Lexham Expanded Bible

I applied my mind to know wisdom and to understand the business that is done on earth--how neither day nor night one's eyes see sleep.

Modern King James verseion

When I gave my heart to know wisdom, and to see the business that is done on the earth; for neither day nor night do men see sleep with their eyes.

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

And so I applied my mind to learn wisdom, and to know the travail that is in the world; and that of such a fashion that I suffered not my eyes to sleep neither day nor night.

NET Bible

When I tried to gain wisdom and to observe the activity on earth -- even though it prevents anyone from sleeping day or night --

New Heart English Bible

When I applied my heart to know wisdom, and to see the business that is done on the earth (for also there is that neither day nor night sees sleep with his eyes),

The Emphasized Bible

When I gave my heart, to know wisdom, and to consider the business that was done upon the earth, then surely, by day and by night, there was one who suffered not his eyes, to sleep.

Webster

When I applied my heart to know wisdom, and to see the business that is done upon the earth: (for also there is that neither day nor night seeth sleep with his eyes:)

World English Bible

When I applied my heart to know wisdom, and to see the business that is done on the earth (for also there is that neither day nor night sees sleep with his eyes),

Youngs Literal Translation

When I gave my heart to know wisdom and to see the business that hath been done on the earth, (for there is also a spectator in whose eyes sleep is not by day and by night),

Interlinear

English(KJV)
Strong's
Root Form
Definition
Usage
נתן 
Nathan 
Usage: 2011

חכמה 
Chokmah 
Usage: 149

and to see
ראה 
Ra'ah 
Usage: 1308

the business
ענין 
`inyan 
Usage: 8

upon the earth
ארץ 
'erets 
Usage: 2504

יום 
Yowm 
Usage: 2293

לילה ליל ליל 
Layil 
Usage: 233

ראה 
Ra'ah 
Usage: 1308

שׁנא שׁנה 
Shehah 
Usage: 23

Verse Info

Context Readings

Man Cannot Know God's Ways

15 Therefore I commended joy because a man has no better thing under the sun than to eat and to drink and to be merry, for that shall abide with him of his labour the days of his life, which God gives him under the sun. 16 When I gave my heart to know wisdom and to see the task which has been done on the earth (even though one should never sleep day or night), 17 And I have seen regarding all the works of God that man cannot attain to understand the work that is being done under the sun, because though a man labours to seek it out, yet he shall not find it; even though the wise man says that he knows it, yet he shall not be able to attain it.



Cross References

Psalm 127:2

It is vain for you to rise up early, to come home late, to eat the bread of sorrows, because he shall give his beloved sleep.

Ecclesiastes 1:13

And I gave my heart to seek and search out by wisdom concerning all things that are done under heaven (this sore travail God has given to the sons of man that they be occupied in it).

Ecclesiastes 2:23

For all his days are only sorrows, and his travail grief; yea, his heart does not take rest in the night. This is also vanity.

Genesis 31:40

By day the drought consumed me, and by night, the frost; and my sleep departed from mine eyes.

Ecclesiastes 4:8

It is the man who is alone, without a successor, who has neither son nor brother; yet is there no end of all his labour; neither is his eye satisfied with riches; neither saith he, For whom do I labour and bereave my soul of good? This is also vanity and sore travail.

Ecclesiastes 5:12

The sleep of the servant is sweet whether he eats little or much, but the abundance of the rich will not suffer him to sleep.

Ecclesiastes 7:25

I applied my heart to know and to search and to seek out wisdom and the reason of things, and to know the wickedness of folly and the madness of error;

Ecclesiastes 8:7

for he does not know that which shall be; nor when it shall be. Who will teach it to him?

Ecclesiastes 8:9

All this I have seen and applied my heart unto every work that is done under the sun: the time in which one man rules over another to his own hurt.

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