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Ecclesiastes 6 RSV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 There is an evil which I have seen under the sun, and it lies heavy upon men: 1 I have seen another evil under the sun, and it weighs heavily on men:
2 a man to whom God gives wealth, possessions, and honor, so that he lacks nothing of all that he desires, yet God does not give him power to enjoy them, but a stranger enjoys them; this is vanity; it is a sore affliction. 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 begets a hundred children, and lives many years, so that the days of his years are many, but he does not enjoy life's good things, and also has no burial, I say that an untimely birth 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 told, yet enjoy no good--do not all go to the 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 toil of man is for his mouth, yet his appetite is not satisfied. 7 All man's efforts are for his mouth, yet his appetite is never satisfied.
8 For what advantage has the wise man over the fool? And what does the poor man have who knows how to conduct himself 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 striving 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 man is, and that he is not able to dispute with one stronger 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 The more words, the more vanity, and what is man 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 man while he lives the few days of his vain life, which he passes like a shadow? For who can tell man what will 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?