All this have I seen, and applied my heart to every work that is done under the sun. There is a time when one man has power over another to his hurt. Bible see other translations

“to his hurt.” The text is not clear about who is hurt, and likely for good reason. The oppressed are the ones generally hurt in this life (although the oppressors are hurt in this life too), and the oppressors are hurt on Judgment Day. The Hebrew is ambiguous, and likely for the very reason that both the “oppressors” and the “oppressed” are hurt.

Commentary for: Ecclesiastes 8:9