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Ecclesiastes 5:17

    Ecclesiastes 5:17 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    All his days also he eateth in darkness, and he hath much sorrow and wrath with his sickness.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    All his days also he eats in darkness, and he has much sorrow and wrath with his sickness.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    All his days also he eateth in darkness, and he is sore vexed, and hath sickness and wrath.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    All his days are in the dark, and he has much sorrow, pain, disease, and trouble.

    Webster's Revision

    All his days also he eateth in darkness, and he is sore vexed, and hath sickness and wrath.

    World English Bible

    All his days he also eats in darkness, he is frustrated, and has sickness and wrath.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    All his days also he eateth in darkness, and he is sore vexed and hath sickness and wrath.

    Clarke's Commentary on Ecclesiastes 5:17

    All his days also he eateth in darkness - Even his enjoyments are embittered by uncertainty. He fears for his goods; the possibility of being deprived of them fills his heart with anguish. But instead of יאכל yochel, "he shall eat," ילך yelech, "he shall walk," is the reading of several MSS. He walks in darkness - he has no evidence of salvation. There is no ray of light from God to penetrate the gloom; and all beyond life is darkness impenetrable!

    And wrath with his sickness - His last hours are awful; for,

    "Counting on long years of pleasure here,

    He's quite unfurnish'd for the world to come."

    Blair.

    He is full of anguish at the thought of death; but the fear of it is horrible. But if he have a sense of God's wrath in his guilty conscience, what horror can be compared with his horror!

    Barnes' Notes on Ecclesiastes 5:17

    Hath much sorrow ... - Rather, is very sad and hath pain and vexation.

    Wesley's Notes on Ecclesiastes 5:17

    5:17 He eateth - He hath no comfort in his estate, but even when he eats, he doth it with anxiety and discontent. And wrath - When he falls sick, and presages his death, he is filled with rage, because he is cut off before he hath accomplished his designs, and because he must leave that wealth and world in which all his hopes and happiness lie.