Parallel Bible results for Ecclesiastes 2:18-26

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Ecclesiastes 2:18-26

MSG 18 And I hated everything I'd accomplished and accumulated on this earth. I can't take it with me - no, I have to leave it to whoever comes after me. NIV 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. MSG 19 Whether they're worthy or worthless - and who's to tell? - they'll take over the earthly results of my intense thinking and hard work. Smoke. NIV 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. MSG 20 That's when I called it quits, gave up on anything that could be hoped for on this earth. NIV 20 So my heart began to despair over all my toilsome labor under the sun. MSG 21 What's the point of working your fingers to the bone if you hand over what you worked for to someone who never lifted a finger for it? Smoke, that's what it is. A bad business from start to finish. NIV 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. MSG 22 So what do you get from a life of hard labor? NIV 22 What does a man get for all the toil and anxious striving with which he labors under the sun? MSG 23 Pain and grief from dawn to dusk. Never a decent night's rest. Nothing but smoke. NIV 23 All his days his work is pain and grief; even at night his mind does not rest. This too is meaningless. MSG 24 The best you can do with your life is have a good time and get by the best you can. The way I see it, that's it - divine fate. NIV 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, MSG 25 Whether we feast or fast, it's up to God. NIV 25 for without him, who can eat or find enjoyment? MSG 26 God may give wisdom and knowledge and joy to his favorites, but sinners are assigned a life of hard labor, and end up turning their wages over to God's favorites. Nothing but smoke - and spitting into the wind. NIV 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.