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Ecclesiastes 6:1-6 RSV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 There is an evil which I have seen under the sun, and it lies heavy upon men: 1 I have seen another evil under the sun, and it weighs heavily on men:
2 a man to whom God gives wealth, possessions, and honor, so that he lacks nothing of all that he desires, yet God does not give him power to enjoy them, but a stranger enjoys them; this is vanity; it is a sore affliction. 2 God gives a man wealth, possessions and honor, so that he lacks nothing his heart desires, but God does not enable him to enjoy them, and a stranger enjoys them instead. This is meaningless, a grievous evil.
3 If a man begets a hundred children, and lives many years, so that the days of his years are many, but he does not enjoy life's good things, and also has no burial, I say that an untimely birth is better off than he. 3 A man may have a hundred children and live many years; yet no matter how long he lives, if he cannot enjoy his prosperity and does not receive proper burial, I say that a stillborn child is better off than he.
4 For it comes into vanity and goes into darkness, and in darkness its name is covered; 4 It comes without meaning, it departs in darkness, and in darkness its name is shrouded.
5 moreover it has not seen the sun or known anything; yet it finds rest rather than he. 5 Though it never saw the sun or knew anything, it has more rest than does that man--
6 Even though he should live a thousand years twice told, yet enjoy no good--do not all go to the one place? 6 even if he lives a thousand years twice over but fails to enjoy his prosperity. Do not all go to the same place?