Ecclesiastes 2:23
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New International Version
All their days their work is grief and pain; even at night their minds do not rest. This too is meaningless.


New American Standard Bible
Because all his days his task is painful and grievous; even at night his mind does not rest. This too is vanity.


King James Bible
For all his days are sorrows, and his travail grief; yea, his heart taketh not rest in the night. This is also vanity.


Holman Christian Standard Bible
For all his days are filled with grief, and his occupation is sorrowful; even at night, his mind does not rest. This too is futile.


International Standard Version
Indeed, all of his days are filled with sorrow, and his struggles bring grief. In fact, his mind remains restless throughout the night. This is pointless, too!


American Standard Version
For all his days are but'sorrows, and his travail is grief; yea, even in the night his heart taketh no rest. This also is vanity.


Douay-Rheims Bible
All his days axe full of sorrows and miseries, even in the night he doth not rest in mind: and is not this vanity?


Darby Bible Translation
For all his days are sorrows, and his travail vexation: even in the night his heart taketh no rest. This also is vanity.


Young's Literal Translation
For all his days are sorrows, and his travail sadness; even at night his heart hath not lain down; this also is vanity.
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Context
The Futility of Work

18Yes, I hated all my labor which I had taken under the sun: because I should leave it to the man that shall be after me. 19And who knows whether he shall be a wise man or a fool? yet shall he have rule over all my labor wherein I have labored, and wherein I have showed myself wise under the sun. This is also vanity. 20Therefore I went about to cause my heart to despair of all the labor which I took under the sun. 21For there is a man whose labor is in wisdom, and in knowledge, and in equity; yet to a man that has not labored therein shall he leave it for his portion. This also is vanity and a great evil. 22For what has man of all his labor, and of the vexation of his heart, wherein he has labored under the sun? 23For all his days are sorrows, and his travail grief; yes, his heart takes not rest in the night. This is also vanity. 24There is nothing better for a man, than that he should eat and drink, and that he should make his soul enjoy good in his labor. This also I saw, that it was from the hand of God. 25For who can eat, or who else can hasten hereunto, more than I? 26For God gives to a man that is good in his sight wisdom, and knowledge, and joy: but to the sinner he gives travail, to gather and to heap up, that he may give to him that is good before God. This also is vanity and vexation of spirit.
Cross References
Genesis 3:17
And to Adam he said, Because you have listened to the voice of your wife, and have eaten of the tree, of which I commanded you, saying, You shall not eat of it: cursed is the ground for your sake; in sorrow shall you eat of it all the days of your life;


Job 5:7
Yet man is born to trouble, as the sparks fly upward.


Job 14:1
Man that is born of a woman is of few days and full of trouble.


Psalm 127:2
It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he gives 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 has God given to the sons of man to be exercised therewith.


Ecclesiastes 1:18
For in much wisdom is much grief: and he that increases knowledge increases sorrow.


Ecclesiastes 2:11
Then I looked on all the works that my hands had worked, and on the labor that I had labored to do: and, behold, all was vanity and vexation of spirit, and there was no profit under the sun.


Ecclesiastes 5:17
All his days also he eats in darkness, and he has much sorrow and wrath with his sickness.


Ecclesiastes 8:16
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:)


Treasury of Scripture

For all his days are sorrows, and his travail grief; yes, his heart takes not rest in the night. This is also vanity.

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Genesis 47:9 And Jacob said to Pharaoh, The days of the years of my pilgrimage are an hundred and thirty years...

Job 5:7 Yet man is born to trouble, as the sparks fly upward.

Job 14:1 Man that is born of a woman is of few days and full of trouble.

Psalm 90:7-10,15 For we are consumed by your anger, and by your wrath are we troubled...

Psalm 127:2 It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he gives his beloved sleep.

his heart

Ecclesiastes 5:12 The sleep of a laboring man is sweet, whether he eat little or much: but the abundance of the rich will not suffer him to sleep.

Esther 6:1 On that night could not the king sleep, and he commanded to bring the book of records of the chronicles...

Job 7:13,14 When I say, My bed shall comfort me, my couch shall ease my complaints...

Psalm 6:6,7 I am weary with my groaning; all the night make I my bed to swim; I water my couch with my tears...

Psalm 32:4 For day and night your hand was heavy on me: my moisture is turned into the drought of summer. Selah.

Psalm 77:2-4 In the day of my trouble I sought the Lord: my sore ran in the night, and ceased not: my soul refused to be comforted...

Daniel 6:18 Then the king went to his palace, and passed the night fasting: neither were instruments of music brought before him...

Acts 14:22 Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith...

Strong's Concordance
For all his days [are] sorrows, and his travail grief; yea, his heart taketh not rest in the night. This is also vanity.
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Ecclesiastes Chapter 2 Verse 23

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