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Ecclesiastes 6:8

    Ecclesiastes 6:8 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    For what hath the wise more than the fool? what hath the poor, that knoweth to walk before the living?

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    For what has the wise more than the fool? what has the poor, that knows to walk before the living?

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    For what advantage hath the wise more than the fool? or what hath the poor man, that knoweth how to walk before the living?

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    What have the wise more than the foolish? and what has the poor man by walking wisely before the living?

    Webster's Revision

    For what advantage hath the wise more than the fool? or what hath the poor man, that knoweth how to walk before the living?

    World English Bible

    For what advantage has the wise more than the fool? What has the poor man, that knows how to walk before the living?

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    For what advantage hath the wise more than the fool? or what hath the poor man, that knoweth to walk before the living?

    Clarke's Commentary on Ecclesiastes 6:8

    For what hath the wise more than the fool? - They must both labor for the same end. Both depend upon the labor of themselves or others for the necessaries of life. Both must eat and drink in order to live; and the rich man can no more eat two meals at a time, than he can comfortably wear two changes of raiment. The necessaries of life are the same to both, and their condition in life is nearly similar; liable to the same diseases, dissolution, and death.

    Barnes' Notes on Ecclesiastes 6:8

    What - literally, what profit (as in Ecclesiastes 1:3).

    Knoweth ... living - i. e., "Knows how to conduct himself rightly among his contemporaries."

    Wesley's Notes on Ecclesiastes 6:8

    6:8 More - In these matters. Both are subject to the same calamities, and partakers of the same comforts of this life. The poor - More than the poor that doth not know this. He means such a poor man as is ingenious and industrious; fit for service and business.