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Ecclesiastes 5:14-20 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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14 And then loses it all in a bad business deal. He fathered a child but hasn't a cent left to give him. 14 or wealth lost through some misfortune, so that when he has a son there is nothing left for him.
15 He arrived naked from the womb of his mother; He'll leave in the same condition - with nothing. 15 Naked a man comes from his mother's womb, and as he comes, so he departs. He takes nothing from his labor that he can carry in his hand.
16 This is bad luck, for sure - naked he came, naked he went. So what was the point of working for a salary of smoke? 16 This too is a grievous evil: As a man comes, so he departs, and what does he gain, since he toils for the wind?
17 All for a miserable life spent in the dark? 17 All his days he eats in darkness, with great frustration, affliction and anger.
18 After looking at the way things are on this earth, here's what I've decided is the best way to live: Take care of yourself, have a good time, and make the most of whatever job you have for as long as God gives you life. And that's about it. That's the human lot. 18 Then I realized that it is good and proper for a man to eat and drink, and to find satisfaction in his toilsome labor under the sun during the few days of life God has given him--for this is his lot.
19 Yes, we should make the most of what God gives, both the bounty and the capacity to enjoy it, accepting what's given and delighting in the work. It's God's gift! 19 Moreover, when God gives any man wealth and possessions, and enables him to enjoy them, to accept his lot and be happy in his work--this is a gift of God.
20 God deals out joy in the present, the now. It's useless to brood over how long we might live. 20 He seldom reflects on the days of his life, because God keeps him occupied with gladness of heart.