Ecclesiastes 6 NRS/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 There is an evil that I have seen under the sun, and it lies heavy upon humankind: 1 I have seen another evil under the sun, and it weighs heavily on men:
2 those to whom God gives wealth, possessions, and honor, so that they lack nothing of all that they desire, yet God does not enable them to enjoy these things, but a stranger enjoys them. This is vanity; it is a grievous ill. 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 A man may beget a hundred children, and live many years; but however many are the days of his years, if he does not enjoy life's good things, or has no burial, I say that a stillborn child is better off 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 it comes into vanity and goes into darkness, and in darkness its name is covered; 4 It comes without meaning, it departs in darkness, and in darkness its name is shrouded.
5 moreover it has not seen the sun or known anything; yet it finds rest rather than he. 5 Though it never saw the sun or knew anything, it has more rest than does that man--
6 Even though he should live a thousand years twice over, yet enjoy 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 human toil is for the mouth, yet the appetite is not satisfied. 7 All man's efforts are for his mouth, yet his appetite is never satisfied.
8 For what advantage have the wise over fools? And what do the poor have who know how to conduct themselves 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 desire; this also is vanity and a chasing after wind. 9 Better what the eye sees than the roving of the appetite. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind.
10 Whatever has come to be has already been named, and it is known what human beings are, and that they are not able to dispute with those who are stronger. 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 The more words, the more vanity, so how is one the better? 11 The more the words, the less the meaning, and how does that profit anyone?
12 For who knows what is good for mortals while they live the few days of their vain life, which they pass like a shadow? For who can tell them what will be after them 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?