Therefore I went about to cause my heart to despair of all the labor which I took under the sun.
Treasury of Scripture
Genesis 43:14 And God Almighty give you mercy before the man, that he may send away your other brother, and Benjamin. If I be bereaved of my children...
Job 17:11-15 My days are past, my purposes are broken off, even the thoughts of my heart...
Psalm 39:6,7 Surely every man walks in a vain show: surely they are disquieted in vain: he heaps up riches, and knows not who shall gather them...
1 Corinthians 15:19 If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.
2 Corinthians 1:8-10 For we would not, brothers, have you ignorant of our trouble which came to us in Asia, that we were pressed out of measure...
1 Thessalonians 3:3,4 That no man should be moved by these afflictions: for yourselves know that we are appointed thereunto...
ContextThe Futility of Work
18Yes, I hated all my labor which I had taken under the sun: because I should leave it to the man that shall be after me. 19And who knows whether he shall be a wise man or a fool? yet shall he have rule over all my labor wherein I have labored, and wherein I have showed myself wise under the sun. This is also vanity. 20Therefore I went about to cause my heart to despair of all the labor which I took under the sun. 21For there is a man whose labor is in wisdom, and in knowledge, and in equity; yet to a man that has not labored therein shall he leave it for his portion. This also is vanity and a great evil. 22For what has man of all his labor, and of the vexation of his heart, wherein he has labored under the sun? 23For all his days are sorrows, and his travail grief; yes, his heart takes not rest in the night. This is also vanity. 24There is nothing better for a man, than that he should eat and drink, and that he should make his soul enjoy good in his labor. This also I saw, that it was from the hand of God. 25For who can eat, or who else can hasten hereunto, more than I? 26For God gives to a man that is good in his sight wisdom, and knowledge, and joy: but to the sinner he gives travail, to gather and to heap up, that he may give to him that is good before God. This also is vanity and vexation of spirit.
Parallel VersesAmerican Standard Version
Therefore I turned about to cause my heart to despair concerning all the labor wherein I had labored under the sun.
Wherefore I left off and my heart renounced labouring any more under the sun.
Darby Bible Translation
Then I went about to cause my heart to despair of all the labour wherewith I had laboured under the sun.
King James Bible
Therefore I went about to cause my heart to despair of all the labour which I took under the sun.
Young's Literal Translation
And I turned round to cause my heart to despair concerning all the labour that I laboured at under the sun.