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?