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Ecclesiastes 2:18-26 GW/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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18 I came to hate everything for which I had worked so hard under the sun, because I will have to leave it to the person who replaces me. 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 Who knows whether that person will be wise or foolish? He will still have control over everything under the sun for which I worked so hard and used my wisdom. Even this is pointless. 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 Then I fell into despair over everything for which I had worked so hard under the sun. 20 So my heart began to despair over all my toilsome labor under the sun.
21 Here is someone who had worked hard with wisdom, knowledge, and skill. Yet, he must turn over his estate to someone else, who didn't work for it. Even this is pointless and a terrible tragedy. 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 What do people get from all of their hard work and struggles under the sun? 22 What does a man get for all the toil and anxious striving with which he labors under the sun?
23 Their entire life is filled with pain, and their work is unbearable. Even at night their minds don't rest. Even this is pointless. 23 All his days his work is pain and grief; even at night his mind does not rest. This too is meaningless.
24 There is nothing better for people to do than to eat, drink, and find satisfaction in their work. I saw that even this comes from the hand of God. 24 A man can do nothing better than to eat and drink and find satisfaction in his work. This too, I see, is from the hand of God,
25 Who can eat or enjoy themselves without God? 25 for without him, who can eat or find enjoyment?
26 God gives wisdom, knowledge, and joy to anyone who pleases him. But to the person who continues to sin, he gives the job of gathering and collecting [wealth]. The sinner must turn his wealth over to the person who pleases God. Even this is pointless. [It's like] trying to catch the wind. 26 To the man who pleases him, God gives wisdom, knowledge and happiness, but to the sinner he gives the task of gathering and storing up wealth to hand it over to the one who pleases God. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind.