It comes without meaning, it departs in darkness, and in darkness its name is shrouded.
Though it never saw the sun or knew anything, it has more rest than does that man--
even if he lives a thousand years twice over but fails to enjoy his prosperity. Do not all go to the same place?1
References for Ecclesiastes 6:6
All man's efforts are for his mouth, yet his appetite is never satisfied.2
References for Ecclesiastes 6:7
What advantage has a wise man over a fool?3 What does a poor man gain by knowing how to conduct himself before others?
References for Ecclesiastes 6:8
Better what the eye sees than the roving of the appetite. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind.4
References for Ecclesiastes 6:9
Whatever exists has already been named,5 and what man is has been known; no man can contend with one who is stronger than he.
References for Ecclesiastes 6:10
The more the words, the less the meaning, and how does that profit anyone?
For who knows what is good for a man in life, during the few and meaningless days6 he passes through like a shadow?7 Who can tell him what will happen under the sun after he is gone?
References for Ecclesiastes 6:12