Ecclesiastes 5:16
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New International Version
This too is a grievous evil: As everyone comes, so they depart, and what do they gain, since they toil for the wind?


New American Standard Bible
This also is a grievous evil-- exactly as a man is born, thus will he die. So what is the advantage to him who toils for the wind?


King James Bible
And this also is a sore evil, that in all points as he came, so shall he go: and what profit hath he that hath laboured for the wind?


Holman Christian Standard Bible
This too is a sickening tragedy: exactly as he comes, so he will go. What does the one gain who struggles for the wind?


International Standard Version
This is also a painful tragedy: However a person comes, he also departs; so what does he gain as he labors after the wind?


American Standard Version
And this also is a grievous evil, that in all points as he came, so shall he go: and what profit hath he that he laboreth for the wind?


Douay-Rheims Bible
A most deplorable evil: as he came, so shall he return. What then doth it profit him that he hath laboured for the wind?


Darby Bible Translation
And this also is a grievous evil, that in all points as he came so doth he go away, and what profit hath he, in having laboured for the wind?


Young's Literal Translation
And this also is a painful evil, just as he came, so he goeth, and what advantage is to him who laboureth for wind?
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Context
Wealth is Meaningless

8If you see the oppression of the poor, and violent perverting of judgment and justice in a province, marvel not at the matter: for he that is higher than the highest regards; and there be higher than they. 9Moreover the profit of the earth is for all: the king himself is served by the field. 10He that loves silver shall not be satisfied with silver; nor he that loves abundance with increase: this is also vanity. 11When goods increase, they are increased that eat them: and what good is there to the owners thereof, saving the beholding of them with their eyes? 12The 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. 13There is a sore evil which I have seen under the sun, namely, riches kept for the owners thereof to their hurt. 14But those riches perish by evil travail: and he begets a son, and there is nothing in his hand. 15As he came forth of his mother's womb, naked shall he return to go as he came, and shall take nothing of his labor, which he may carry away in his hand. 16And 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? 17All his days also he eats in darkness, and he has much sorrow and wrath with his sickness. 18Behold that which I have seen: it is good and comely for one to eat and to drink, and to enjoy the good of all his labor that he takes under the sun all the days of his life, which God gives him: for it is his portion. 19Every man also to whom God has given riches and wealth, and has given him power to eat thereof, and to take his portion, and to rejoice in his labor; this is the gift of God. 20For he shall not much remember the days of his life; because God answers him in the joy of his heart.
Cross References
1 Corinthians 16:16
That you submit yourselves to such, and to every one that helps with us, and labors.


Proverbs 11:29
He that troubles his own house shall inherit the wind: and the fool shall be servant to the wise of heart.


Ecclesiastes 1:3
What profit has a man of all his labor which he takes under the sun?


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


Treasury of Scripture

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?

a sore

Ecclesiastes 5:13 There is a sore evil which I have seen under the sun, namely, riches kept for the owners thereof to their hurt.

Ecclesiastes 2:22,23 For what has man of all his labor, and of the vexation of his heart, wherein he has labored under the sun...

what

1 Samuel 12:21 And turn you not aside: for then should you go after vain things, which cannot profit nor deliver; for they are vain.

Jeremiah 2:8 The priests said not, Where is the LORD? and they that handle the law knew me not: the pastors also transgressed against me...

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

for

Ecclesiastes 1:3 What profit has a man of all his labor which he takes under the sun?

Proverbs 11:29 He that troubles his own house shall inherit the wind: and the fool shall be servant to the wise of heart.

Isaiah 26:18 We have been with child, we have been in pain, we have as it were brought forth wind; we have not worked any deliverance in the earth...

Hosea 8:7 For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind: it has no stalk; the bud shall yield no meal: if so be it yield...

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...

Strong's Concordance
And this also [is] a sore evil, [that] in all points as he came, so shall he go: and what profit hath he that hath laboured for the wind?
Topical Bible
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Resources
Ecclesiastes Chapter 5 Verse 16

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