Bible Versions NAS Ecclesiastes 1:18; Ecclesiastes 2:17; Ecclesiastes 2:21; Ecclesiastes 2:23; Ecclesiastes 3:12; Ecclesiastes 4:14; Ecclesiastes 5:7; Ecclesiastes 5:11; Ecclesiastes 5:20; Ecclesiastes 7:20; Ecclesiastes 8:6-7; Ecclesiastes 8:12; Ecclesiastes 8:15-16; Ecclesiastes 9:4; Ecclesiastes 9:12; Ecclesiastes 10:4; Ecclesiastes 11:8; Ecclesiastes 11:10; Ecclesiastes 12:3; Ecclesiastes 12:13
Ecclesiastes 1:18; Ecclesiastes 2:17; Ecclesiastes 2:21; Ecclesiastes 2:23; Ecclesiastes 3:12; Ecclesiastes 4:14; Ecclesiastes 5:7; Ecclesiastes 5:11; Ecclesiastes 5:20; Ecclesiastes 7:20; Ecclesiastes 8:6-7; Ecclesiastes 8:12; Ecclesiastes 8:15-16; Ecclesiastes 9:4; Ecclesiastes 9:12; Ecclesiastes 10:4; Ecclesiastes 11:8; Ecclesiastes 11:10; Ecclesiastes 12:3; Ecclesiastes 12:13 (New American Standard)
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Because in much wisdom there is much grief, and increasing knowledge results in increasing pain.
So I hated life, for the work which had been done under the sun was grievous to me; because everything is futility and striving after wind.
When there is a man who has labored with wisdom, knowledge and skill, then he gives his legacy to one who has not labored with them. This too is vanity and a great evil.
Because all his days his task is painful and grievous; even at night his mind does not rest. This too is vanity.
I know that there is nothing better for them than to rejoice and to do good in one's lifetime;
For he has come out of prison to become king, even though he was born poor in his kingdom.
For in many dreams and in many words there is emptiness. Rather, fear God.
When good things increase, those who consume them increase. So what is the advantage to their owners except to look on?
For he will not often consider the years of his life, because God keeps him occupied with the gladness of his heart.
Indeed, there is not a righteous man on earth who continually does good and who never sins.
For there is a proper time and procedure for every delight, though a man's trouble is heavy upon him.
If no one knows what will happen, who can tell him when it will happen?
Although a sinner does evil a hundred times and may lengthen his life, still I know that it will be well for those who fear God, who fear Him openly .
So I commended pleasure, for there is nothing good for a man under the sun except to eat and to drink and to be merry, and this will stand by him in his toils throughout the days of his life which God has given him under the sun.
When I gave my heart to know wisdom and to see the task which has been done on the earth (even though one should never sleep day or night ),
For whoever is joined with all the living, there is hope; surely a live dog is better than a dead lion.
Moreover , man does not know his time: like fish caught in a treacherous net and birds trapped in a snare, so the sons of men are ensnared at an evil time when it suddenly falls on them.
If the ruler's temper rises against you, do not abandon your position, because composure allays great offenses.
Indeed, if a man should live many years, let him rejoice in them all, and let him remember the days of darkness, for they will be many. Everything that is to come will be futility.
So, remove grief and anger from your heart and put away pain from your body, because childhood and the prime of life are fleeting.
in the day that the watchmen of the house tremble, and mighty men stoop, the grinding ones stand idle because they are few, and those who look through windows grow dim;
The conclusion , when all has been heard, is: fear God and keep His commandments, because this applies to every person.
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