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Ecclesiastes 3:12

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I have concluded 1  that there is nothing better for people 2  than 3  to be happy and to enjoy themselves 4  as long as they live,

XREF

De 28:63; Ps 37:3; Ec 3:22; Ec 9:7-9; Isa 64:5; Lu 11:41; Ac 20:35; Php 4:4-9; 1Th 5:15,16; 1Ti 6:18

NET © Notes

tn Heb “I know.”

tn Heb “for them”; the referent (people, i.e., mankind) has been specified in the translation for clarity.

tn Qoheleth uses the exceptive particle אִםכִּי (ki…’im, “except”) to identify the only exception to the futility within man’s life (BDB 474 s.v. כִּי 2).

tn Heb “to do good.” The phrase לַעֲשׂוֹת טוֹב (laasot tov) functions idiomatically for “to experience [or see] happiness [or joy].” The verb עָשַׂה (’asah) probably denotes “to acquire; to obtain” (BDB 795 s.v. עָשַׂה II.7), and טוֹב (tov) means “good; pleasure; happiness,” e.g., Eccl 2:24; 3:13; 5:17 (BDB 375 s.v. טוֹב 1).



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