Ecclesiastes 2:23

23 All their days their work is grief and pain; even at night their minds do not rest. This too is meaningless.

Read Ecclesiastes 2:23 Using Other Translations

For all his days are sorrows, and his travail grief; yea, his heart taketh not rest in the night. This is also vanity.
For all his days are full of sorrow, and his work is a vexation. Even in the night his heart does not rest. This also is vanity.
Their days of labor are filled with pain and grief; even at night their minds cannot rest. It is all meaningless.

What does Ecclesiastes 2:23 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Ecclesiastes 2:23

For all his days [are] sorrows, and his travail grief
All his days are full of sorrows, of a variety of them; and all his affairs and transactions of life are attended with grief and trouble; not only the days of old age are evil ones, in which he can take no pleasure; or those times which exceed the common age of man, when he is got to fourscore years or more, and when his strength is labour and sorrow; but even all his days, be they fewer or more, from his youth upward, are all evil and full of trouble, ( Genesis 47:9 ) ( Job 14:1 ) ; yea, his heart taketh not rest in the night;
which is appointed for rest and ease; and when laid down on his bed for it, as the word signifies; yet, either through an eager desire of getting wealth, or through anxious and distressing cares for the keeping it when gotten, he cannot sleep quietly and comfortably, his carking cares and anxious thoughts keep him waking; or, if he sleeps, his mind is distressed with dreams and frightful apprehensions of things, so that his sleep is not sweet and refreshing to him. This is also vanity;
or one of the vanities which belong to human life.

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