Ecclesiastes 6:3-12 NIV

3 A man may have a hundred children and live many years; yet no matter how long he lives, if he cannot enjoy his prosperity and does not receive proper burial, I say that a stillborn1 child is better off than he.2

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4 It comes without meaning, it departs in darkness, and in darkness its name is shrouded.
5 Though it never saw the sun or knew anything, it has more rest than does that man--
6 even if he lives a thousand years twice over but fails to enjoy his prosperity. Do not all go to the same place?3

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7 All man's efforts are for his mouth, yet his appetite is never satisfied.4

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8 What advantage has a wise man over a fool?5 What does a poor man gain by knowing how to conduct himself before others?

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9 Better what the eye sees than the roving of the appetite. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind.6

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10 Whatever exists has already been named,7 and what man is has been known; no man can contend with one who is stronger than he.

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11 The more the words, the less the meaning, and how does that profit anyone?
12 For who knows what is good for a man in life, during the few and meaningless days8 he passes through like a shadow?9 Who can tell him what will happen under the sun after he is gone?

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