1 Here is a tragedy I have observed under the sun, and it weighs heavily on humanity:a
2 God gives a man riches, wealth, and honor so that he lacks nothing of all he desires for himself, but God does not allow him to enjoy them. Instead, a stranger will enjoy them. This is futile and a sickening tragedy.
3 A man may father a hundred children and live many years. No matter how long he lives,b if he is not satisfied by good things and does not even have a proper burial, I say that a stillborn child is better off than he.
4 For he comes in futility and he goes in darkness, and his name is shrouded in darkness.
5 Though a stillborn child does not see the sun and is not conscious, it has more rest than he.
6 And if he lives a thousand years twice, but does not experience happiness, do not both go to the same place?