Parallel Bible results for Ecclesiastes 5:14-20

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Ecclesiastes 5:14-20

MSG 14 And then loses it all in a bad business deal. He fathered a child but hasn't a cent left to give him. NIV 14 or wealth lost through some misfortune, so that when he has a son there is nothing left for him. MSG 15 He arrived naked from the womb of his mother; He'll leave in the same condition - with nothing. NIV 15 Naked a man comes from his mother's womb, and as he comes, so he departs. He takes nothing from his labor that he can carry in his hand. MSG 16 This is bad luck, for sure - naked he came, naked he went. So what was the point of working for a salary of smoke? NIV 16 This too is a grievous evil: As a man comes, so he departs, and what does he gain, since he toils for the wind? MSG 17 All for a miserable life spent in the dark? NIV 17 All his days he eats in darkness, with great frustration, affliction and anger. MSG 18 After looking at the way things are on this earth, here's what I've decided is the best way to live: Take care of yourself, have a good time, and make the most of whatever job you have for as long as God gives you life. And that's about it. That's the human lot. NIV 18 Then I realized that it is good and proper for a man to eat and drink, and to find satisfaction in his toilsome labor under the sun during the few days of life God has given him--for this is his lot. MSG 19 Yes, we should make the most of what God gives, both the bounty and the capacity to enjoy it, accepting what's given and delighting in the work. It's God's gift! NIV 19 Moreover, when God gives any man wealth and possessions, and enables him to enjoy them, to accept his lot and be happy in his work--this is a gift of God. MSG 20 God deals out joy in the present, the now. It's useless to brood over how long we might live. NIV 20 He seldom reflects on the days of his life, because God keeps him occupied with gladness of heart.