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Ecclesiastes 4:6

Context
NET ©

Better is one handful with some rest than two hands full of toil 1  and chasing the wind.

NIV ©

Better one handful with tranquillity than two handfuls with toil and chasing after the wind.

NASB ©

One hand full of rest is better than two fists full of labor and striving after wind.

NLT ©

They feel it is better to be lazy and barely survive than to work hard, especially when in the long run everything is so futile.

MSG ©

One handful of peaceful repose Is better than two fistfuls of worried work--More spitting into the wind.

BBE ©

One hand full of rest is better than two hands full of trouble and desire for wind.

NRSV ©

Better is a handful with quiet than two handfuls with toil, and a chasing after wind.

NKJV ©

Better a handful with quietness Than both hands full, together with toil and grasping for the wind.


KJV
Better
<02896>
[is] an handful
<03709>
[with] quietness
<05183>_,
than both the hands
<02651>
full
<04393>
[with] travail
<05999>
and vexation
<07469>
of spirit
<07307>_.
NASB ©
One hand
<03709>
full
<04393>
of rest
<05183>
is better
<02896>
than
<04480>
two fists
<02651>
full
<04393>
of labor
<05999>
and striving
<07469>
after wind
<07307>
.
HEBREW
xwr
<07307>
twerw
<07469>
lme
<05999>
Mynpx
<02651>
almm
<04393>
txn
<05183>
Pk
<03709>
alm
<04393>
bwj (4:6)
<02896>
LXXM
agayon
<18
A-NSN
plhrwma
<4138
N-NSN
drakov {N-GSF} anapausewv
<372
N-GSF
uper
<5228
PREP
plhrwma
<4138
N-ASN
duo
<1417
N-NUI
drakwn {N-GPF} mocyou
<3449
N-GSM
kai
<2532
CONJ
proairesewv {N-GSF} pneumatov
<4151
N-GSN
NET © [draft] ITL
Better
<02896>
is one handful
<03709>
handful
<04393>
with some rest
<05183>
than two hands
<02651>
full
<04393>
of toil
<05999>
and chasing
<07469>
the wind
<07307>
.
NET ©

Better is one handful with some rest than two hands full of toil 1  and chasing the wind.

NET © Notes

sn Qoheleth lists three approaches to labor: (1) the competitive workaholic in 4:4, (2) the impoverished sluggard in 4:5, and (3) the contented laborer in 4:6. The balanced approach rebukes the two extremes.



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