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

 
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18 I hated all my toil in which I had toiled under the sun, seeing that I must leave it to those who come after 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 —and who knows whether they will be wise or foolish? Yet they will be master of all for which I toiled and used my wisdom under the sun. This also is vanity. 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 and gave my heart up to despair concerning all the toil of my labors under the sun, 20 So my heart began to despair over all my toilsome labor under the sun.
21 because sometimes one who has toiled with wisdom and knowledge and skill must leave all to be enjoyed by another who did not toil for it. This also is vanity and a great evil. 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 mortals get from all the toil and strain with which they toil under the sun? 22 What does a man get for all the toil and anxious striving with which he labors under the sun?
23 For all their days are full of pain, and their work is a vexation; even at night their minds do not rest. This also is vanity. 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 mortals than to eat and drink, and find enjoyment in their toil. This also, I saw, 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 apart from him who can eat or who can have enjoyment? 25 for without him, who can eat or find enjoyment?
26 For to the one who pleases him God gives wisdom and knowledge and joy; but to the sinner he gives the work of gathering and heaping, only to give to one who pleases God. This also is vanity and a chasing after 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.