Ecclesiastes 5:18New English Translation (NET Bible)
Enjoy the Fruit of Your Labor
18 I have seen personally what is the only beneficial and appropriate course of action for people:[a] to eat and drink,[b] and find enjoyment in all their[c] hard work[d] on earth[e] during the few days of their life that God has given them, for this is their reward.[f]
Ecclesiastes 5:18tnHeb “Behold, that which I have seen, I, good which is beautiful.” The phrase “for people” does not appear in the Hebrew text, but is supplied in the translation for clarity.
Ecclesiastes 5:18sn The phrase “to eat and to drink” is a common idiom in Ecclesiastes for a person enjoying the fruit of his labor (e.g., 2:24; 3:13).
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