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The New American Standard Bible
   Book of Ecclesiastes
Chapter 2  - Click for Chapter Audio
Study Resource List
ACC -> Commentary on 2:18
BCC -> Commentary on 2:18
GEB -> Study Notes on 2:18
GSB -> Study Notes on 2:18
JFB -> Commentary on 2:18
MHC-COM -> Commentary on 2:18
MHC-CON -> Commentary on 2:18
TSK -> Entry for 2:18
WEN -> Notes on 2:18
NTB -> Death; Heir; Industry; Inheritance; Murmuring; Wisdom
TCR -> Content-Discontent; Dissatisfaction; Heirs; Poverty-Riches; Riches, Earthly
BED -> Ecclesiastes, Theology of
HBD -> Ecclesiastes, Book Of
EDL -> Devotional using 2:18

Ecclesiastes 2:17-26 [ Verse 18 in Original: Hebrew / Greek ]
             [ Read Chapter | Discuss these Verses ]
17 So I hated R49 life, for the work which had been done under the sun was grievous F28 to me; because everything is futility and striving after wind. 18 Thus I hated all R50 the fruit of my labor for which I had labored under the sun, for I must leave R51 it to the man who will come after me. 19 And who knows whether he will be a wise man or a R52 fool? Yet he will have control F29 over all the fruit of my labor for which I have labored by acting wisely under the sun. This too is vanity. R53 20 Therefore I completely F30 despaired of all the fruit of my labor for which I had labored under the sun. 21 When there is a man who has labored with wisdom, knowledge and skill, R54 then he gives R55 his legacy F31 to one who has not labored with them. This too is vanity and a great evil. 22 For what does a man get in all R56 his labor and in his F32 striving with which he labors under the sun? 23 Because all his days his task is painful and grievous; R57 even at night his mind F33 does R58 not rest. This too is vanity. 24 There is nothing R59 better for a man than to eat and drink and tell F34 himself that his labor is good. This also I have seen that it is from R60 the hand of God. 25 For who can eat and who can have enjoyment without Him? F35 26 For to a person who is good in His sight He R61 has given wisdom and knowledge and joy, while to the sinner He has given the task of gathering and collecting so that he may give R62 to one who is good in God's sight. This too is vanity R63 and striving after wind.

FOOTNOTES:
F28 Lit evil
F29 Lit dominion
F30 Lit turned aside my heart to despair
F31 Lit share
F32 Lit the striving of his heart
F33 Lit heart
F34 Lit cause his soul to see good in his labor
F35 So Gr; Heb me

 

CROSS REFERENCES:
R49 Ecclesiastes 4:2,3
R50 Ecclesiastes 1:3;
R51 Psalms 39:6; 49:10
R52 1 Kings 12:13
R53 1 Timothy 6:10
R54 Ecclesiastes 4:4
R55 Ecclesiastes 2:18
R56 Ecclesiastes 1:3; 2:11
R57 Job 5:7; 14:1; Ecclesiastes 1:18;
R58 Psalms 127:2
R59 Ecclesiastes 2:3; 3:12,13,22; 5:18; 6:12; 8:15; 9:7; Isaiah 56:12; Luke 12:19; 1 Corinthians 15:32; 1 Timothy 6:17
R60 Ecclesiastes 3:13
R61 Job 32:8; Proverbs 2:6
R62 Job 27:16,17; Proverbs 13:22
R63 Ecclesiastes 1:14

 
 

Abbreviations Legend:

ACC - Adam Clark Commentary; BCC - Burton Coffman; GEB - Gill's Exposition; GSB - Geneva Study Bible; JFB - Jamieson, Fausset, Brown; MHC-COM - Matthew Henry Complete; MHC-CON - Matthew Henry Concise; TSK - Treasury of Scripture Knowledge; WEN - Wesley's Explanatory Notes; NTB - Nave's Topical Bible; TCR - Thompson Chain Reference; TSK - Treasury of Scripture Knowledge; BED - Baker's Evangelical Dictionary; HBD - Holman Bible Dictionary; EDL - Every Day Light;

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