Ecclesiastes 1:13; Ecclesiastes 2:17; Ecclesiastes 4:3; Ecclesiastes 4:8; Ecclesiastes 5:1; Ecclesiastes 5:14; Ecclesiastes 6:2; Ecclesiastes 8:3; Ecclesiastes 8:9; Ecclesiastes 8:11-12; Ecclesiastes 9:3; Ecclesiastes 9:12; Ecclesiastes 12:14
And I set my mind to seek and explore by wisdom concerning all that has been done under heaven. It is a grievous task which God has given to the sons of men to be afflicted with.
So I hated life, for the work which had been done under the sun was grievous to me; because everything is futility and striving after wind.
But better off than both of them is the one who has never existed, who has never seen the evil activity that is done under the sun.
There was a certain man without a dependent, having neither a son nor a brother, yet there was no end to all his labor. Indeed, his eyes were not satisfied with riches and he never asked, "And for whom am I laboring and depriving myself of pleasure?" This too is vanity and it is a grievous task.
Guard your steps as you go to the house of God and draw near to listen rather than to offer the sacrifice of fools; for they do not know they are doing evil.
When those riches were lost through a bad investment and he had fathered a son, then there was nothing to support him.
a man to whom God has given riches and wealth and honor so that his soul lacks nothing of all that he desires; yet God has not empowered him to eat from them, for a foreigner enjoys them. This is vanity and a severe affliction.
"Do not be in a hurry to leave him. Do not join in an evil matter, for he will do whatever he pleases."
All this I have seen and applied my mind to every deed that has been done under the sun wherein a man has exercised authority over another man to his hurt.
Because the sentence against an evil deed is not executed quickly, therefore the hearts of the sons of men among them are given fully to do evil.
Although a sinner does evil a hundred times and may lengthen his life, still I know that it will be well for those who fear God, who fear Him openly .
This is an evil in all that is done under the sun, that there is one fate for all men. Furthermore, the hearts of the sons of men are full of evil and insanity is in their hearts throughout their lives. Afterwards they go to the dead.
Moreover , man does not know his time: like fish caught in a treacherous net and birds trapped in a snare, so the sons of men are ensnared at an evil time when it suddenly falls on them.
For God will bring every act to judgment, everything which is hidden, whether it is good or evil.