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

 
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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.
24 So I decided there is nothing better than to enjoy food and drink and to find satisfaction in work. Then I realized that this pleasure is 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 For who can eat or enjoy anything apart from him? 25 for without him, who can eat or find enjoyment?
26 God gives wisdom, knowledge, and joy to those who please him. But if a sinner becomes wealthy, God takes the wealth away and gives it to those who please him. Even this, however, is meaningless, like chasing 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.