Ecclesiastes 6:9
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New International Version
Better what the eye sees than the roving of the appetite. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind.


New American Standard Bible
What the eyes see is better than what the soul desires. This too is futility and a striving after wind.


King James Bible
Better is the sight of the eyes than the wandering of the desire: this is also vanity and vexation of spirit.


Holman Christian Standard Bible
Better what the eyes see than wandering desire. This too is futile and a pursuit of the wind.


International Standard Version
It is better to focus on what you can see than to meander after your self-interest; this also is pointless and a chasing after wind.


American Standard Version
Better is the sight of the eyes than the wandering of the desire: this also is vanity and a striving after wind.


Douay-Rheims Bible
Better it is to see what thou mayst desire, than to desire that which thou canst not know. But this also is vanity, and presumption of spirit.


Darby Bible Translation
Better is the seeing of the eyes than the wandering of the desire: this also is vanity and pursuit of the wind.


Young's Literal Translation
Better is the sight of the eyes than the going of the soul. This also is vanity and vexation of spirit.
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Context
The Futility of Life

1There is an evil which I have seen under the sun, and it is common among men: 2A man to whom God has given riches, wealth, and honor, so that he wants nothing for his soul of all that he desires, yet God gives him not power to eat thereof, but a stranger eats it: this is vanity, and it is an evil disease. 3If a man beget an hundred children, and live many years, so that the days of his years be many, and his soul be not filled with good, and also that he have no burial; I say, that an untimely birth is better than he. 4For he comes in with vanity, and departs in darkness, and his name shall be covered with darkness. 5Moreover he has not seen the sun, nor known any thing: this has more rest than the other. 6Yes, though he live a thousand years twice told, yet has he seen no good: do not all go to one place? 7All the labor of man is for his mouth, and yet the appetite is not filled. 8For what has the wise more than the fool? what has the poor, that knows to walk before the living? 9Better is the sight of the eyes than the wandering of the desire: this is also vanity and vexation of spirit. 10That which has been is named already, and it is known that it is man: neither may he contend with him that is mightier than he. 11Seeing there be many things that increase vanity, what is man the better? 12For who knows what is good for man in this life, all the days of his vain life which he spends as a shadow? for who can tell a man what shall be after him under the sun?
Cross References
Ecclesiastes 1:14
I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and, behold, all is vanity and vexation of spirit.


Ecclesiastes 1:17
And I gave my heart to know wisdom, and to know madness and folly: I perceived that this also is vexation of spirit.


Ecclesiastes 11:9
Rejoice, O young man, in your youth; and let your heart cheer you in the days of your youth, and walk in the ways of your heart, and in the sight of your eyes: but know you, that for all these things God will bring you into judgment.


Treasury of Scripture

Better is the sight of the eyes than the wandering of the desire: this is also vanity and vexation of spirit.

better

Ecclesiastes 2:24 There 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...

Ecclesiastes 3:12,13 I know that there is no good in them, but for a man to rejoice, and to do good in his life...

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

wandering of the desire

Job 31:7 If my step has turned out of the way, and my heart walked after my eyes, and if any blot has stuck to my hands;

Proverbs 30:15,16 The horse leach has two daughters, crying, Give, give. There are three things that are never satisfied, yes, four things say not...

Jeremiah 2:20 For of old time I have broken your yoke, and burst your bands; and you said, I will not transgress...

this

Ecclesiastes 6:2 A man to whom God has given riches, wealth, and honor, so that he wants nothing for his soul of all that he desires...

Ecclesiastes 1:2,14 Vanity of vanities, said the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity...

Ecclesiastes 2:11,22,23 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 4:4 Again, I considered all travail, and every right work, that for this a man is envied of his neighbor...

Strong's Concordance
Better [is] the sight of the eyes than the wandering of the desire: this [is] also vanity and vexation of spirit.
Topical Bible
Appetite Better Chasing Desire Desires Eye Futility Meaningless Purpose Pursuit Roving Seeing Sees Sight Soul Spirit Striving Vanity Vexation Wandering Wind
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Ecclesiastes Chapter 6 Verse 9

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