Ecclesiastes 4:4
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New International Version
And I saw that all toil and all achievement spring from one person's envy of another. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind.


New American Standard Bible
I have seen that every labor and every skill which is done is the result of rivalry between a man and his neighbor. This too is vanity and striving after wind.


King James Bible
Again, I considered all travail, and every right work, that for this a man is envied of his neighbour. This is also vanity and vexation of spirit.


Holman Christian Standard Bible
I saw that all labor and all skillful work is due to a man's jealousy of his friend. This too is futile and a pursuit of the wind.


International Standard Version
Then I examined all sorts of work, including all kinds of excellent achievements that create envy in others. This also is pointless and chasing after the wind.


American Standard Version
Then I saw all labor and every skilful work, that for this a man is envied of his neighbor. This also is vanity and a striving after wind.


Douay-Rheims Bible
Again I considered all the labours of men, and I remarked that their industries are exposed to the envy of their neighhour: so in this also there is vanity, and fruitless care.


Darby Bible Translation
And I saw all labour, and all success of work, that it is man's jealousy of his neighbour. This also is vanity and pursuit of the wind.


Young's Literal Translation
And I have seen all the labour, and all the benefit of the work, because for it a man is the envy of his neighbour. Even this is vanity and vexation of spirit.
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Context
The Evils of Oppression

1So I returned, and considered all the oppressions that are done under the sun: and behold the tears of such as were oppressed, and they had no comforter; and on the side of their oppressors there was power; but they had no comforter. 2Why I praised the dead which are already dead more than the living which are yet alive. 3Yes, better is he than both they, which has not yet been, who has not seen the evil work that is done under the sun. 4Again, I considered all travail, and every right work, that for this a man is envied of his neighbor. This is also vanity and vexation of spirit. 5The fool folds his hands together, and eats his own flesh. 6Better is an handful with quietness, than both the hands full with travail and vexation of spirit. 7Then I returned, and I saw vanity under the sun. 8There is one alone, and there is not a second; yes, he has neither child nor brother: yet is there no end of all his labor; neither is his eye satisfied with riches; neither said he, For whom do I labor, and bereave my soul of good? This is also vanity, yes, it is a sore travail. 9Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labor. 10For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falls; for he has not another to help him up. 11Again, if two lie together, then they have heat: but how can one be warm alone? 12And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.
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 2:21
For 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.


Treasury of Scripture

Again, I considered all travail, and every right work, that for this a man is envied of his neighbor. This is also vanity and vexation of spirit.

every or all the rightness of work, that this is the envy of a man from his neighbour

Genesis 4:4-8 And Abel, he also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect to Abel and to his offering...

Genesis 37:2-11 These are the generations of Jacob. Joseph, being seventeen years old, was feeding the flock with his brothers...

1 Samuel 18:8,9,14-16,29,30 And Saul was very wroth, and the saying displeased him; and he said, They have ascribed to David ten thousands...

Proverbs 27:4 Wrath is cruel, and anger is outrageous; but who is able to stand before envy?

Matthew 27:18 For he knew that for envy they had delivered him.

Acts 7:9 And the patriarchs, moved with envy, sold Joseph into Egypt: but God was with him,

James 4:5 Do you think that the scripture said in vain, The spirit that dwells in us lusts to envy?

1 John 3:12 Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And why slew he him? Because his own works were evil...

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Ecclesiastes 3:16 And moreover I saw under the sun the place of judgment, that wickedness was there; and the place of righteousness...

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 2:21,26 For there is a man whose labor is in wisdom, and in knowledge, and in equity...

Ecclesiastes 6:9,11 Better is the sight of the eyes than the wandering of the desire: this is also vanity and vexation of spirit...

Genesis 37:4,11 And when his brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers, they hated him, and could not speak peaceably to him...

Strong's Concordance
Again, I considered all travail, and every right work, that for this a man is envied of his neighbour. This [is] also vanity and vexation of spirit.
Topical Bible
Achievement Benefit Cause Chasing Considered Desire Envied Envy Excelling Jealousy Labor Labour Man's Meaningless Neighbor Neighbour Purpose Pursuit Result Rivalry Skilful Skill Spirit Spring Striving Success Toil Travail Vanity Vexation Wind
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OT Poetry: Ecclesiastes 4:4 Then I saw all the labor (Ecclesiast. Ec Ecc Eccles.)
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