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Ecclesiastes 2:13-23 (English Standard Version)

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13 Then I saw that there is more gain in wisdom than in folly, as there is more gain in light than in darkness. 14 1The wise person has his eyes in his head, but the fool walks in darkness. And yet I perceived that the 2same event happens to all of them. 15 Then I said in my heart, 3"What happens to the fool will happen to me also. Why then have I been so very wise?" And I said in my heart that this also is vanity. 16 For of the wise as of the fool there is 4no enduring remembrance, seeing that in the days to come all will have been long forgotten. 5How the wise dies just like the fool! 17 So I hated life, because what is done under the sun was grievous to me, for 6all is vanity and a striving after wind.

The Vanity of Toil

18 I hated 7all my toil in which I toil under the sun, seeing that I must 8leave it to the man who will come after me, 19 and who knows whether he will be wise or a fool? Yet he will be master of all for which I toiled and used my wisdom under the sun. This also is vanity. 20 So I 9turned about and gave my heart up to despair 10over all the toil of my labors under the sun, 21 because sometimes a person who has toiled with wisdom and knowledge and skill must leave everything to be enjoyed by someone who did not toil for it. This also is vanity and a great evil. 22 What has a man from 11all the toil and striving of heart with which he toils beneath the sun? 23 For 12all his days are full of sorrow, and his 13work is a vexation. Even in the night his heart does not rest. This also is vanity.
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