Ecclesiastes 6:7-9 RSV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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7 All the toil of man is for his mouth, yet his appetite is not satisfied. 7 All man's efforts are for his mouth, yet his appetite is never satisfied.
8 For what advantage has the wise man over the fool? And what does the poor man have who knows how to conduct himself before the living? 8 What advantage has a wise man over a fool? What does a poor man gain by knowing how to conduct himself before others?
9 Better is the sight of the eyes than the wandering of desire; this also is vanity and a striving after wind. 9 Better what the eye sees than the roving of the appetite. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind.