1There is an 1evilwhich I have seenunder the sun and it is prevalentaamongmen -
a man to whomGod has 2givenriches and wealth and honor so that his soul3lacksnothing of all that he desires ; yet God has not empowered him to eat from them, for a foreignerbenjoys them. This is cvanity and a severeaffliction.
3If a manfathers a hundred children and livesmanyyears, however manydthey be, but his soul is not satisfied with goodthings and he does not evenhave a proper 4burial, then I say, "Better5the miscarriagethan he,
for it comes in futility and goes into obscurity ; and its name is covered in obscurity.
"It neversees the sun and it neverknows anything; eit is better off than he.
"Even if the other man lives a thousandyearstwice and does not fenjoygoodthings -6do not allgo to oneplace ?"
77All a man'slabor is for his mouth and yet the gappetite is not hsatisfied.
For 8whatadvantage does the wiseman have over the fool ? What advantage does the poorman have, knowing how to walkbefore the living ?
9What the eyes9see is betterthan what the soulidesires. Thistoo is 10futility and a striving after wind.
10Whatever11exists has already been named , and it is knownwhatman is; for he 12cannotdispute with him who is strongerthan he is.
For there are manywords which increasefutility. What then is the advantage to a man ?
For whoknowswhat is good for a man during his lifetime, during the fewjyears of his futilelife ? He will kspend them like a shadow. For who can tell a man13what will be after him under the sun ?