Cross-references Explore similar Bible verses on Ecclesiastes 1:3 in English Standard Version "What does man gain by all the toil at which he toils under the sun?" Job 7:16 I loathe my life; I would not live forever. Leave me alone, for my days are a breath. Ps 39:5 Behold, you have made my days a few handbreadths, and my lifetime is as nothing before you. Surely all mankind stands as a mere breath! Ps 144:4 Man is like a breath; his days are like a passing shadow. Ec 1:14 I have seen everything that is done under the sun, and behold, all is vanity and a striving after wind. Ec 2:11 Then I considered all that my hands had done and the toil I had expended in doing it, and behold, all was vanity and a striving after wind, and there was nothing to be gained under the sun. Ec 2:22 What has a man from all the toil and striving of heart with which he toils beneath the sun? Ec 3:9 What gain has the worker from his toil? Ec 5:16 This also is a grievous evil: just as he came, so shall he go, and what gain is there to him who toils for the wind?