Internet Verse Search Commentaries Word Analysis ITL - draft

Ecclesiastes 2:24

Context
NET ©

There is nothing better for 1  people 2  than 3  to eat and drink, and to find enjoyment 4  in their 5  work. I also perceived that this ability to find enjoyment 6  comes from God. 7 

NIV ©

A man can do nothing better than to eat and drink and find satisfaction in his work. This too, I see, is from the hand of God,

NASB ©

There is nothing better for a man than to eat and drink and tell himself that his labor is good. This also I have seen that it is from the hand of God.

NLT ©

So I decided there is nothing better than to enjoy food and drink and to find satisfaction in work. Then I realized that this pleasure is from the hand of God.

MSG ©

The best you can do with your life is have a good time and get by the best you can. The way I see it, that's it--divine fate.

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.

NRSV ©

There is nothing better for mortals than to eat and drink, and find enjoyment in their toil. This also, I saw, is from the hand of God;

NKJV ©

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


KJV
[There is] nothing better
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for a man
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[than] that he should eat
<0398> (8799)
and drink
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and [that] he should make his soul
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enjoy
<07200> (8689)
good
<02896>
in his labour
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This
<02090>
also I saw
<07200> (8804)_,
that it [was] from the hand
<03027>
of God
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{should make...: or, delight his senses}
NASB ©
There
<0369>
is nothing
<0369>
better
<02896>
for a man
<0120>
than to eat
<0398>
and drink
<08354>
and tell
<07200>
himself
<05315>
that his labor
<05999>
is good
<02896>
. This
<02090>
also
<01571>
I have seen
<07200>
that it is from the hand
<03027>
of God
<0430>
.
HEBREW
ayh
<01931>
Myhlah
<0430>
dym
<03027>
yk
<03588>
yna
<0589>
ytyar
<07200>
hz
<02090>
Mg
<01571>
wlmeb
<05999>
bwj
<02896>
wspn
<05315>
ta
<0853>
harhw
<03318>
htsw
<08354>
lkays
<0398>
Mdab
<0120>
bwj
<02896>
Nya (2:24)
<0369>
LXXM
ouk
<3364
ADV
estin
<1510
V-PAI-3S
agayon
<18
A-NSN
en
<1722
PREP
anyrwpw
<444
N-DSM
o
<3739
R-ASN
fagetai
<2068
V-FMI-3S
kai
<2532
CONJ
o
<3739
R-ASN
pietai
<4095
V-FMI-3S
kai
<2532
CONJ
o
<3739
R-ASN
deixei
<1166
V-FAI-3S
th
<3588
T-DSF
quch
<5590
N-DSF
autou
<846
D-GSM
agayon
<18
A-NSN
en
<1722
PREP
mocyw
<3449
N-DSM
autou
<846
D-GSM
kai
<2532
CONJ
ge
<1065
PRT
touto
<3778
D-ASN
eidon
<3708
V-AAI-1S
egw
<1473
P-NS
oti
<3754
CONJ
apo
<575
PREP
ceirov
<5495
N-GSF
tou
<3588
T-GSM
yeou
<2316
N-GSM
estin
<1510
V-PAI-3S
NET © [draft] ITL
There is nothing
<0369>
better
<02896>
for people
<0120>
than
<02896>
to eat
<0398>
and drink
<08354>
, and to find enjoyment
<05999>
in their work. I also
<01571>
perceived
<02090>
that
<03588>
this ability
<03027>
to find enjoyment comes from
<03027>
God
<0430>
.
NET ©

There is nothing better for 1  people 2  than 3  to eat and drink, and to find enjoyment 4  in their 5  work. I also perceived that this ability to find enjoyment 6  comes from God. 7 

NET © Notes

tn The preposition בְּ (bet) on בָּאָדָם (baadam) has been taken in two ways: (1) locative with טוֹב (tov, “good”) in reference to man’s moral nature: “There is nothing [inherently] good in man.” (2) advantage with טוֹב (“good”) in reference to the enjoyment theme of 2:24-26: “There is nothing better for a man than…” (this assumes a comparative מִן, min, on מִשֶׁיֹּאכַל, misheyyokhal); see text critical note on the word “than” below). The latter is preferred for two reasons: (1) The preposition בְּ is used with a similar idiom in 3:12 in collocation with the particle phrase אִםכִּי (ki…’im, “except”): “There is nothing better…than to rejoice/be happy” (NASB, NIV). (2) The theme of 2:1-26 focuses on the futility of human toil, concluding that the only real reward that man has in his labor is to find enjoyment in it (e.g., 2:10, 24-26). The section says nothing about man’s inherent sinful nature.

tn Heb “man.”

tc The MT reads שֶׁיֹּאכַל (sheyyokhal, “that he should eat”; Qal imperfect 3rd person masculine singular from אָכַל, ’akhal, “to eat,” with relative pronoun שֶׁ, she, “that”). However, the variant textual tradition of מִשֶּׁיֹּאכַל (misheyyokhal, “than he should eat” (comparative preposition מִן, min, “than” + Qal imperfect 3rd person masculine singular from אָכַל “to eat”) is reflected in the LXX, Coptic, Syriac, Aramaic Targum, Old Latin, and Jerome. The textual error, an example of haplography, arose from a single writing of מ (mem) from בָּאָדָם מִשֶּׁיֹּאכַל (baadam misheyyokhal). The same idiom appears in the expanded form אִםכִּי followed by טוֹבאֵין (’en tovkiim, “there is nothing better for man than …”) in Eccl 3:12; 8:15.

tn Heb “to cause his soul to see good.” The idiom רָאָה טוֹב (raah tov, “to see good”) is a metonymy of association, meaning “to find enjoyment” (e.g., 3:13; 5:17; 6:6). In 3:12-13 and 5:17-18 it is in collocation and/or parallelism with בְּ (bet) + שָׂמַח (samakh, “to rejoice in,” or “to find satisfaction or pleasure in” something). Here, it is used in collocation with חוּשׁ (khush, “to enjoy”). The term נַפְשׁוֹ (nafsho, “his soul”) is a metonymy of part (i.e., soul) for the whole (i.e., whole person), e.g., Num 23:10; Judg 16:30; Pss 16:10; 35:13; 103:1 (see E. W. Bullinger, Figures of Speech, 640-41).

tn Heb “his.”

tn The phrase “ability to find enjoyment” is not in the Hebrew text, but is supplied in the translation for clarity.

tn Heb “is from the hand of God.”

sn The phrase “from the hand of God” is an anthropomorphism (depicting God, who is an invisible spirit, in the form of man with hands) or anthropopatheia (depicting God performing human-like actions). The “hand of God” is a figure often used to portray God’s sovereign providence and benevolence (see E. W. Bullinger, Figures of Speech, 878). The phrase “the hand of God” is often used to connote the favor or grace of God (2 Chr 30:12; Ezra 7:9; 8:18; Neh 2:8, 18; see BDB 390 s.v. יָד 1.e.2).



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