Ecclesiastes 4:7-8 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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7 I turned my head and saw yet another wisp of smoke on its way to nothingness: 7 Again I saw something meaningless under the sun:
8 a solitary person, completely alone - no children, no family, no friends - yet working obsessively late into the night, compulsively greedy for more and more, never bothering to ask, "Why am I working like a dog, never having any fun? And who cares?" More smoke. A bad business. 8 There was a man all alone; he had neither son nor brother. There was no end to his toil, yet his eyes were not content with his wealth. "For whom am I toiling," he asked, "and why am I depriving myself of enjoyment?" This too is meaningless-- a miserable business!