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Ecclesiastes 2:24

    Ecclesiastes 2:24 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    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 labour. This also I saw, that it was from the hand of God.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    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. This also I saw, that it was from the hand of God.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    There is nothing better for a man than that he should eat and drink, and make his soul enjoy good in his labor. This also I saw, that it is from the hand of God.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    There is nothing better for a man than taking meat and drink, and having delight in his work. This again I saw was from the hand of God.

    Webster's Revision

    There is nothing better for a man than that he should eat and drink, and make his soul enjoy good in his labor. This also I saw, that it is from the hand of God.

    World English Bible

    There is nothing better for a man than that he should eat and drink, and make his soul enjoy good in his labor. This also I saw, that it is from the hand of God.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    There is nothing better for a man than that he should eat and drink, and make his soul enjoy good in his labour. This also I saw, that it is from the hand of God.

    Clarke's Commentary on Ecclesiastes 2:24

    There is nothing better for a man - The sense of this passage is well expressed in the following lines: -

    "For these disorders wouldst thou find a cure,

    Such cure as human frailty would admit?

    Drive from thee anxious cares; let reason curb

    Thy passions; and with cheerful heart enjoy

    That little which the world affords; for here,

    Though vain the hopes of perfect happiness,

    Yet still the road of life, rugged at best,

    Is not without its comforts -

    Wouldst thou their sweetness taste, look up to heaven,

    And praise the all-bounteous Donor, who bestows

    The power to use aright."

    Barnes' Notes on Ecclesiastes 2:24

    Nothing better for a man, than that ... - literally, no good in man that etc. The one joy of working or receiving, which, though it be transitory, a man recognizes as a real good, even that is not in the power of man to secure for himself: that good is the gift of God.

    Wesley's Notes on Ecclesiastes 2:24

    2:24 Enjoy - That he should thankfully take, and freely and chearfully enjoy the comforts which God gives him. It was - A singular gift of God.