or wealth lost through some misfortune, so that when he has a son there is nothing left for him.
Naked a man comes from his mother's womb, and as he comes, so he departs.1 He takes nothing from his labor2 that he can carry in his hand.3
References for Ecclesiastes 5:15
This too is a grievous evil: As a man comes, so he departs, and what does he gain, since he toils for the wind?4
References for Ecclesiastes 5:16
All his days he eats in darkness, with great frustration, affliction and anger.
Then I realized that it is good and proper for a man to eat and drink,5 and to find satisfaction in his toilsome labor6 under the sun during the few days of life God has given him--for this is his lot.
References for Ecclesiastes 5:18
Moreover, when God gives any man wealth and possessions,7 and enables him to enjoy them,8 to accept his lot9 and be happy in his work--this is a gift of God.10
References for Ecclesiastes 5:19
He seldom reflects on the days of his life, because God keeps him occupied with gladness of heart.11
References for Ecclesiastes 5:20