Ecclesiastes 1:3
What profit has a man of all his labor which he takes under the sun?
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Ecclesiastes 2:22 For what has man of all his labor, and of the vexation of his heart, wherein he has labored under the sun?

Ecclesiastes 3:9 What profit has he that works in that wherein he labors?

Ecclesiastes 5:16 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 labored for the wind?

Proverbs 23:4,5 Labor not to be rich: cease from your own wisdom...

Isaiah 55:2 Why do you spend money for that which is not bread? and your labor for that which satisfies not? listen diligently to me...

Habakkuk 2:13,18 Behold, is it not of the LORD of hosts that the people shall labor in the very fire...

Matthew 16:26 For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?

Mark 8:36,37 For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul...

John 6:27 Labor not for the meat which perishes, but for that meat which endures to everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give to you...


Ecclesiastes 2:11,19 Then I looked on all the works that my hands had worked, and on the labor that I had labored to do: and, behold...

Ecclesiastes 4:3,7 Yes, better is he than both they, which has not yet been, who has not seen the evil work that is done under the sun...

Ecclesiastes 5:18 Behold that which I have seen: it is good and comely for one to eat and to drink...

Ecclesiastes 6:12 For who knows what is good for man in this life, all the days of his vain life which he spends as a shadow?...

Ecclesiastes 7:11 Wisdom is good with an inheritance: and by it there is profit to them that see the sun.

Ecclesiastes 8:15-17 Then I commended mirth, because a man has no better thing under the sun, than to eat, and to drink, and to be merry...

Ecclesiastes 9:3,6,13 This is an evil among all things that are done under the sun, that there is one event to all: yes...

Preceding Generations are Forgotten

1The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem. 2Vanity of vanities, said the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity. 3What profit has a man of all his labor which he takes under the sun? 4One generation passes away, and another generation comes: but the earth stays for ever. 5The sun also rises, and the sun goes down, and hastens to his place where he arose. 6The wind goes toward the south, and turns about to the north; it whirls about continually, and the wind returns again according to his circuits. 7All the rivers run into the sea; yet the sea is not full; to the place from where the rivers come, thither they return again. 8All things are full of labor; man cannot utter it: the eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing. 9The thing that has been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun. 10Is there any thing whereof it may be said, See, this is new? it has been already of old time, which was before us. 11There is no remembrance of former things; neither shall there be any remembrance of things that are to come with those that shall come after.
Parallel Verses
American Standard Version
What profit hath man of all his labor wherein he laboreth under the sun?

Douay-Rheims Bible
What hath a man more of all his labour, that he taketh under the sun?

Darby Bible Translation
What profit hath man of all his labour wherewith he laboureth under the sun?

King James Bible
What profit hath a man of all his labour which he taketh under the sun?

Young's Literal Translation
What advantage is to man by all his labour that he laboureth at under the sun?

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