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Ecclesiastes 11:10 ASV
Therefore remove sorrow from thy heart, and put away evil from thy flesh; for youth and the dawn of life are vanity.
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Ecclesiastes 11:10 BBE
So put away trouble from your heart, and sorrow from your flesh; because the early years and the best years are to no purpose.
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Ecclesiastes 11:10 CEB
Remove anxiety from your heart, banish pain from your body, because youth and the dawn of life are pointless too.
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Ecclesiastes 11:10 CJB
Therefore, remove anger from your heart; and keep from harming your body; for neither adolescence nor youth has any lasting value.
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Ecclesiastes 11:10 RHE
Remove anger from thy heart, and put away evil from thy flesh. For youth and pleasure are vain.
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Ecclesiastes 11:10 ESV
Remove vexation from your heart, and put away pain from your body, for youth and the dawn of life are vanity.
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Ecclesiastes 11:10 GW
Get rid of what troubles you or wears down your body, because childhood and youth are pointless.
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Ecclesiastes 11:10 GNT
Don't let anything worry you or cause you pain. You aren't going to be young very long.
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Ecclesiastes 11:10 HNV
Therefore remove sorrow from your heart, And put away evil from your flesh; For youth and the dawn of life are vanity.
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Ecclesiastes 11:10 CSB
Remove sorrow from your heart, and put away pain from your flesh, because youth and the prime of life are fleeting.
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Ecclesiastes 11:10 KJV
Therefore remove sorrow from thy heart, and put away evil from thy flesh: for childhood and youth are vanity.
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Ecclesiastes 11:10 LEB
Banish anxiety from your heart, and put away pain from your body, for youth and vigor [are] vanity.
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Ecclesiastes 11:10 NAS
So, remove grief and anger from your heart and put away pain from your body, because childhood and the prime of life are fleeting.
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Ecclesiastes 11:10 NCV
Don't worry, and forget the troubles of your body, because youth and childhood are useless.
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Ecclesiastes 11:10 NIRV
So drive worry out of your heart. Get rid of all of your troubles. Being young and strong doesn't have any meaning.
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Ecclesiastes 11:10 NIV
So then, banish anxiety from your heart and cast off the troubles of your body, for youth and vigor are meaningless.
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Ecclesiastes 11:10 NKJV
Therefore remove sorrow from your heart, And put away evil from your flesh, For childhood and youth are vanity.
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Ecclesiastes 11:10 NLT
So banish grief and pain, but remember that youth, with a whole life before it, still faces the threat of meaninglessness.
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Ecclesiastes 11:10 NRS
Banish anxiety from your mind, and put away pain from your body; for youth and the dawn of life are vanity.
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Ecclesiastes 11:10 RSV
Remove vexation from your mind, and put away pain from your body; for youth and the dawn of life are vanity.
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Ecclesiastes 11:10 DBY
Then remove discontent from thy heart, and put away evil from thy flesh; for childhood and youth are vanity.
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Ecclesiastes 11:10 MSG
Live footloose and fancy free - You won't be young forever. Youth lasts about as long as smoke.
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Ecclesiastes 11:10 WBT
Therefore remove sorrow from thy heart, and put away evil from thy flesh: for childhood and youth [are] vanity.
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Ecclesiastes 11:10 TMB
Therefore remove sorrow from thy heart, and put away evil from thy flesh, for childhood and youth are vanity.
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Ecclesiastes 11:10 TNIV
So then, banish anxiety from your heart and cast off the troubles of your body, for youth and vigor are meaningless.
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Ecclesiastes 11:10 WEB
Therefore remove sorrow from your heart, And put away evil from your flesh; For youth and the dawn of life are vanity.
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Ecclesiastes 11:10 WYC
Do thou away ire from thine heart, and remove thou malice from thy flesh; for why youth and lust be vain things, or vanity. (Do thou away anger from thy heart, and remove thou malice from thy flesh; because youth and lust be but empty and futile.)
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Ecclesiastes 11:10 YLT
And turn aside anger from thy heart, And cause evil to pass from thy flesh, For the childhood and the age [are] vanity!
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Ecclesiastes 11 Commentary - Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Concise)

Chapter 11

Exhortation to liberality. (1-6) An admonition to prepare for death, and to young persons to be religious. (7-10)

Verses 1-6 Solomon presses the rich to do good to others. Give freely, though it may seem thrown away and lost. Give to many. Excuse not thyself with the good thou hast done, from the good thou hast further to do. It is not lost, but well laid out. We have reason to expect evil, for we are born to trouble; it is wisdom to do good in the day of prosperity. Riches cannot profit us, if we do not benefit others. Every man must labour to be a blessing to that place where the providence of God casts him. Wherever we are, we may find good work to do, if we have but hearts to do it. If we magnify every little difficulty, start objections, and fancy hardships, we shall never go on, much less go through with our work. Winds and clouds of tribulation are, in God's hands, designed to try us. God's work shall agree with his word, whether we see it or not. And we may well trust God to provide for us, without our anxious, disquieting cares. Be not weary in well-doing, for in due season, in God's time, you shall reap, ( Galatians 6:9 ) .

Verses 7-10 Life is sweet to bad men, because they have their portion in this life; it is sweet to good men, because it is the time of preparation for a better; it is sweet to all. Here is a caution to think of death, even when life is most sweet. Solomon makes an effecting address to young persons. They would desire opportunity to pursue every pleasure. Then follow your desires, but be assured that God will call you into judgment. How many give loose to every appetite, and rush into every vicious pleasure! But God registers every one of their sinful thoughts and desires, their idle words and wicked words. If they would avoid remorse and terror, if they would have hope and comfort on a dying bed, if they would escape misery here and hereafter, let them remember the vanity of youthful pleasures. That Solomon means to condemn the pleasures of sin is evident. His object is to draw the young to purer and more lasting joys. This is not the language of one grudging youthful pleasures, because he can no longer partake of them; but of one who has, by a miracle of mercy, been brought back in safety. He would persuade the young from trying a course whence so few return. If the young would live a life of true happiness, if they would secure happiness hereafter, let them remember their Creator in the days of their youth.

Ecclesiastes 11 Commentary - Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

CHAPTER 11

Ecclesiastes 11:1-10 .

1. Ecclesiastes 11:2 shows that charity is here inculcated.
bread--bread corn. As in the Lord's prayer, all things needful for the body and soul. Solomon reverts to the sentiment ( Ecclesiastes 9:10 ).
waters--image from the custom of sowing seed by casting it from boats into the overflowing waters of the Nile, or in any marshy ground. When the waters receded, the grain in the alluvial soil sprang up ( Isaiah 32:20 ). "Waters" express multitudes, so Ecclesiastes 11:2 , Revelation 17:15 ; also the seemingly hopeless character of the recipients of the charity; but it shall prove at last to have been not thrown away ( Isaiah 49:4 ).

2. portion--of thy bread.
seven--the perfect number.
eight--even to more than seven; that is, "to many" (so "waters," Ecclesiastes 11:1 ), nay, even to very many in need ( Job 5:19 , Micah 5:5 ).
evil--The day may be near, when you will need the help of those whom you have bound to you by kindnesses ( Luke 16:9 ). The very argument which covetous men use against liberality (namely, that bad times may come), the wise man uses for it.

3. clouds--answering to "evil" ( Ecclesiastes 11:2 ), meaning, When the times of evil are fully ripe, evil must come; and speculations about it beforehand, so as to prevent one sowing seed of liberality, are vain ( Ecclesiastes 11:4 ).
tree--Once the storm uproots it, it lies either northward or southward, according as it fell. So man's character is unchangeable, whether for hell or heaven, once that death overtakes him ( Revelation 22:11 Revelation 22:14 Revelation 22:15 ). Now is his time for liberality, before the evil days come ( Ecclesiastes 12:1 ).

4. Therefore sow thy charity in faith, without hesitancy or speculation as to results, because they may not seem promising ( Ecclesiastes 9:10 ). So in Ecclesiastes 11:1 , man is told to "cast his bread corn" on the seemingly unpromising "waters" ( Psalms 126:5 Psalms 126:6 ). The farmer would get on badly, who, instead of sowing and reaping, spent his time in watching the wind and clouds.

5. spirit--How the soul animates the body! Thus the transition to the formation of the body "in the womb" is more natural, than if with MAURER we translate it "wind" ( Ecclesiastes 1:6 , John 3:8 ).
bones . . . grow--( Job 10:8 Job 10:9 , Psalms 139:15 Psalms 139:16 ).
knowest not the works of God--( Ecclesiastes 3:11 , 8:17 , 9:12 ).

6. morning . . . evening--early and late; when young and when old; in sunshine and under clouds.
seed--of godly works ( Hosea 10:12 , 2 Corinthians 9:10 , Galatians 6:7 ).
prosper--( Isaiah 55:10 Isaiah 55:11 ).
both . . . alike--Both the unpromising and the promising sowing may bear good fruit in others; certainly they shall to the faithful sower.

7. light--of life ( Ecclesiastes 7:11 , Psalms 49:19 ). Life is enjoyable, especially to the godly.

8. But while man thankfully enjoys life, "let him remember" it will not last for ever. The "many days of darkness," that is, the unseen world ( Job 10:21 Job 10:22 , Psalms 88:12 ), also days of "evil" in this world ( Ecclesiastes 11:2 ), are coming; therefore sow the good seed while life and good days last, which are not too long for accomplishing life's duties.
All that cometh--that is, All that followeth in the evil and dark days is vain, as far as work for God is concerned ( Ecclesiastes 9:10 ).

9. Rejoice--not advice, but warning. So 1 Kings 22:15 , is irony; if thou dost rejoice (carnally, Ecclesiastes 2:2 , 7:2 , not moderately, as in Ecclesiastes 5:18 ), &c., then "know that . . . God will bring thee into judgment" ( Ecclesiastes 3:17 , 12:14 ).
youth . . . youth--distinct Hebrew words, adolescence or boyhood (before Ecclesiastes 12:13 ), and full-grown youth. It marks the gradual progress in self-indulgence, to which the young especially are prone; they see the roses, but do not discover the thorns, until pierced by them. Religion will cost self-denial, but the want of it infinitely more ( Luke 14:28 ).

10. sorrow--that is, the lusts that end in "sorrow," opposed to "rejoice," and "heart cheer thee" ( Ecclesiastes 11:9 ), Margin, "anger," that is, all "ways of thine heart"; "remove," &c., is thus opposed to "walk in," &c. ( Ecclesiastes 11:9 ).
flesh--the bodily organ by which the sensual thoughts of the "heart" are embodied in acts.
childhood--rather, "boyhood"; the same Hebrew word as the first, "youth" in Ecclesiastes 11:9 . A motive for self-restraint; the time is coming when the vigor of youth on which thou reliest, will seem vain, except in so far as it has been given to God ( Ecclesiastes 12:1 ).
youth--literally, the dawn of thy days.