Ecclesiastes 6 (New American Standard)

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The Futility of Life

1 There is an 1evil which I have seen under the sun and it is prevalent aamong men - 2 a man to whom God has 2given riches and wealth and honor so that his soul 3lacks nothing of all that he desires; yet God has not empowered him to eat from them, for a foreigner benjoys them. This is cvanity and a severe affliction. 3 If a man fathers a hundred children and lives many years, however many dthey be, but his soul is not satisfied with good things and he does not even have a proper 4burial, then I say, "Better 5the miscarriage than he, 4 for it comes in futility and goes into obscurity; and its name is covered in obscurity. 5 "It never sees the sun and it never knows anything; eit is better off than he. 6 "Even if the other man lives a thousand years twice and does not fenjoy good things -6do not all go to one place?" 7 7All a man's labor is for his mouth and yet the gappetite is not hsatisfied. 8 For 8what advantage does the wise man have over the fool? What advantage does the poor man have, knowing how to walk before the living? 9 What the eyes 9see is better than what the soul idesires. This too is 10futility and a striving after wind. 10 Whatever 11exists has already been named , and it is known what man is; for he 12cannot dispute with him who is stronger than he is. 11 For there are many words which increase futility. What then is the advantage to a man? 12 For who knows what is good for a man during his lifetime, during the few jyears of his futile life? He will kspend them like a shadow. For who can tell a man 13what will be after him under the sun?
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