And then loses it all in a bad business deal. He fathered a child but hasn't a cent left to give him.
He arrived naked from the womb of his mother; He'll leave in the same condition - with nothing.
This is bad luck, for sure - naked he came, naked he went. So what was the point of working for a salary of smoke?
All for a miserable life spent in the dark?
After looking at the way things are on this earth, here's what I've decided is the best way to live: Take care of yourself, have a good time, and make the most of whatever job you have for as long as God gives you life. And that's about it. That's the human lot.
Yes, we should make the most of what God gives, both the bounty and the capacity to enjoy it, accepting what's given and delighting in the work. It's God's gift!
God deals out joy in the present, the now. It's useless to brood over how long we might live.
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved. (The Message Bible Online)