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7 Bible Verses about Toiling In Vain

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Ecclesiastes 1:3

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

Ecclesiastes 2:22

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

Jeremiah 51:58

This is what Yahweh of Hosts says:Babylon’s thick walls will be totally demolished,
and her high gates consumed by fire.
The peoples will have labored for nothing;
the nations will exhaust themselves only to feed the fire.

Jeremiah 12:13

They have sown wheat but harvested thorns.
They have exhausted themselves but have no profit.
Be put to shame by your harvests
because of the Lord’s burning anger.

Ecclesiastes 4:8

There is a person without a companion, without even a son or brother, and though there is no end to all his struggles, his eyes are still not content with riches. “So who am I struggling for,” he asks, “and depriving myself from good?” This too is futile and a miserable task.

Habakkuk 2:13

Is it not from the Lord of Hosts
that the peoples labor only to fuel the fire
and countries exhaust themselves for nothing?

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