Ecclesiastes 3:10

10 I have seen the burden God has laid on the human race.

Read Ecclesiastes 3:10 Using Other Translations

I have seen the travail, which God hath given to the sons of men to be exercised in it.
I have seen the business that God has given to the children of man to be busy with.
I have seen the burden God has placed on us all.

What does Ecclesiastes 3:10 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Ecclesiastes 3:10

I have seen the travail which God hath given to the sons of
The pains and trouble they are at to get a little wisdom and knowledge, ( Ecclesiastes 1:13 ) ; and so to obtain riches and honour, peace and plenty, which sometimes they do obtain, and sometimes not; and when they do, do not keep them long, for there is a time for everything. This the wise man had observed, in a variety of instances; and he considered the end of God in it, which was for men to be exercised in it,
or "by it"; or "to afflict" or "humble [them] by it" F12; to let them see that all their toil and labour signified little; all depended on a divine blessing, and no happiness was to be had in the creatures; all was vanity and vexation of spirit; (See Gill on Ecclesiastes 1:13).


F12 (wb twnel) "ad affligendum se in ea", Montanus; "ut eos adfligat in ea, sc. per eam", Rambachius; "ut ea redderet humiles", Tigurine version.
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