7 Everyone's toil is for their mouth, yet their appetite is never satisfied.

Other Translations of Ecclesiastes 6:7

King James Version

7 All the labour of man is for his mouth, and yet the appetite appetite: Heb. soul is not filled.

English Standard Version

7 All the toil of man is for his mouth, yet his appetite is not satisfied.Hebrew filled

The Message

7 We work to feed our appetites; Meanwhile our souls go hungry.

New King James Version

7 All the labor of man is for his mouth, And yet the soul is not satisfied.

New Living Translation

7 All people spend their lives scratching for food, but they never seem to have enough.

Matthew Henry's Commentary on Ecclesiastes 6:7

Commentary on Ecclesiastes 6:7-12

(Read Ecclesiastes 6:7-12)

A little will serve to sustain us comfortably, and a great deal can do no more. The desires of the soul find nothing in the wealth of the world to give satisfaction. The poor man has comfort as well as the richest, and is under no real disadvantage. We cannot say, Better is the sight of the eyes than the resting of the soul in God; for it is better to live by faith in things to come, than to live by sense, which dwells only upon present things. Our lot is appointed. We have what pleases God, and let that please us. The greatest possessions and honours cannot set us above the common events of human life. Seeing that the things men pursue on earth increase vanities, what is man the better for his worldly devices? Our life upon earth is to be reckoned by days. It is fleeting and uncertain, and with little in it to be fond of, or to be depended on. Let us return to God, trust in his mercy through Jesus Christ, and submit to his will. Then soon shall we glide through this vexatious world, and find ourselves in that happy place, where there is fulness of joy and pleasures for evermore.