Parallel Bible results for Ecclesiastes 2:18-26

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Ecclesiastes 2:18-26

NLT 18 I came to hate all my hard work here on earth, for I must leave to others everything I have earned. 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. NLT 19 And who can tell whether my successors will be wise or foolish? Yet they will control everything I have gained by my skill and hard work under the sun. How meaningless! 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. NLT 20 So I gave up in despair, questioning the value of all my hard work in this world. NIV 20 So my heart began to despair over all my toilsome labor under the sun. NLT 21 Some people work wisely with knowledge and skill, then must leave the fruit of their efforts to someone who hasn’t worked for it. This, too, is meaningless, a great tragedy. 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. NLT 22 So what do people get in this life for all their hard work and anxiety? NIV 22 What does a man get for all the toil and anxious striving with which he labors under the sun? NLT 23 Their days of labor are filled with pain and grief; even at night their minds cannot rest. It is all meaningless. NIV 23 All his days his work is pain and grief; even at night his mind does not rest. This too is meaningless. NLT 24 So I decided there is nothing better than to enjoy food and drink and to find satisfaction in work. Then I realized that these pleasures are from the hand of God. 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, NLT 25 For who can eat or enjoy anything apart from him? NIV 25 for without him, who can eat or find enjoyment? NLT 26 God gives wisdom, knowledge, and joy to those who please him. But if a sinner becomes wealthy, God takes the wealth away and gives it to those who please him. This, too, is meaningless—like chasing 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.