Parallel Bible results for Ecclesiastes 2:18-26

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Ecclesiastes 2:18-26

RSV 18 I hated all my toil in which I had toiled under the sun, seeing that I must leave it to the man who will come 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. RSV 19 and who knows whether he will be a wise man or a fool? Yet he will be master of all for which I toiled and used my wisdom under the sun. This also is vanity. 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. RSV 20 So I turned about and gave my heart up to despair over all the toil of my labors under the sun, NIV 20 So my heart began to despair over all my toilsome labor under the sun. RSV 21 because sometimes a man who has toiled with wisdom and knowledge and skill must leave all to be enjoyed by a man who did not toil for it. This also is vanity and a great evil. 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. RSV 22 What has a man from all the toil and strain with which he toils beneath the sun? NIV 22 What does a man get for all the toil and anxious striving with which he labors under the sun? RSV 23 For all his days are full of pain, and his work is a vexation; even in the night his mind does not rest. This also is vanity. NIV 23 All his days his work is pain and grief; even at night his mind does not rest. This too is meaningless. RSV 24 There is nothing better for a man than that he should eat and drink, and find enjoyment in his toil. This also, I saw, is 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, RSV 25 for apart from him who can eat or who can have enjoyment? NIV 25 for without him, who can eat or find enjoyment? RSV 26 For to the man who pleases him God gives wisdom and knowledge and joy; but to the sinner he gives the work of gathering and heaping, only to give to one who pleases God. This also is vanity and a striving after 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.