Ecclesiastes 6 KJV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 There is an evil which I have seen under the sun, and it is common among men: 1 I have seen another evil under the sun, and it weighs heavily on men:
2 A man to whom God hath given riches, wealth, and honour, so that he wanteth nothing for his soul of all that he desireth , yet God giveth him not power to eat thereof, but a stranger eateth it: this is vanity, and it is an evil disease. 2 God gives a man wealth, possessions and honor, so that he lacks nothing his heart desires, but God does not enable him to enjoy them, and a stranger enjoys them instead. This is meaningless, a grievous evil.
3 If a man beget an hundred children, and live many years, so that the days of his years be many, and his soul be not filled with good, and also that he have no burial; I say , that an untimely birth is better than he. 3 A man may have a hundred children and live many years; yet no matter how long he lives, if he cannot enjoy his prosperity and does not receive proper burial, I say that a stillborn child is better off than he.
4 For he cometh in with vanity, and departeth in darkness, and his name shall be covered with darkness. 4 It comes without meaning, it departs in darkness, and in darkness its name is shrouded.
5 Moreover he hath not seen the sun, nor known any thing: this hath more rest than the other. 5 Though it never saw the sun or knew anything, it has more rest than does that man--
6 Yea, though he live a thousand years twice told, yet hath he seen no good: do not all go to one place? 6 even if he lives a thousand years twice over but fails to enjoy his prosperity. Do not all go to the same place?
7 All the labour of man is for his mouth, and yet the appetite is not filled . 7 All man's efforts are for his mouth, yet his appetite is never satisfied.
8 For what hath the wise more than the fool? what hath the poor, that knoweth to walk before the living? 8 What advantage has a wise man over a fool? What does a poor man gain by knowing how to conduct himself before others?
9 Better is the sight of the eyes than the wandering of the desire: this is also vanity and vexation of spirit. 9 Better what the eye sees than the roving of the appetite. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind.
10 That which hath been is named already, and it is known that it is man: neither may he contend with him that is mightier than he. 10 Whatever exists has already been named, and what man is has been known; no man can contend with one who is stronger than he.
11 Seeing there be many things that increase vanity, what is man the better? 11 The more the words, the less the meaning, and how does that profit anyone?
12 For who knoweth what is good for man in this life, all the days of his vain life which he spendeth as a shadow? for who can tell a man what shall be after him under the sun? 12 For who knows what is good for a man in life, during the few and meaningless days he passes through like a shadow? Who can tell him what will happen under the sun after he is gone?