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Ecclesiastes 2:17-23 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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17 So now I hate life because everything done here under the sun is so irrational. Everything is meaningless, like chasing the wind. 17 So I hated life, because the work that is done under the sun was grievous to me. All of it is meaningless, a chasing after the wind.
18 I am disgusted that I must leave the fruits of my hard work to others. 18 I hated all the things I had toiled for under the sun, because I must leave them to the one who comes after me.
19 And who can tell whether my successors will be wise or foolish? And yet they will control everything I have gained by my skill and hard work. How meaningless! 19 And who knows whether he will be a wise man or a fool? Yet he will have control over all the work into which I have poured my effort and skill under the sun. This too is meaningless.
20 So I turned in despair from hard work. It was not the answer to my search for satisfaction in this life. 20 So my heart began to despair over all my toilsome labor under the sun.
21 For though I do my work with wisdom, knowledge, and skill, I must leave everything I gain to people who haven't worked to earn it. This is not only foolish but highly unfair. 21 For a man may do his work with wisdom, knowledge and skill, and then he must leave all he owns to someone who has not worked for it. This too is meaningless and a great misfortune.
22 So what do people get for all their hard work? 22 What does a man get for all the toil and anxious striving with which he labors under the sun?
23 Their days of labor are filled with pain and grief; even at night they cannot rest. It is all utterly meaningless. 23 All his days his work is pain and grief; even at night his mind does not rest. This too is meaningless.