There is another
evil which I have seen under the sun, and it is
very common among men:
A man to whom God has given riches, wealth, and honour so that he lacks nothing for his soul of all that he desires, yet God does not give him power to eat of it, but the strangers eat it; this is
vanity, and it is
an evil disease.
If a man begets a hundred sons
and lives many years so that the days of his years are many, if his soul is not filled with good and also that
he have no burial; I say that
an aborted birth is
better than he.
For he came in vain and departs unto darkness, and his name shall be covered with darkness.
Even though he has not seen the sun nor known any thing
; this one
has more rest than the other.
For though the other should
live a thousand years twice and has not enjoyed good; both shall surely go to the same place.
All the labour of man is
for his mouth, and with all this the appetite is not filled.
For what has the wise more than the fool? what more has
the poor that knows how to walk among the living?
It is better to enjoy the good that is present than the wandering of desire; this is
also vanity and vexation of spirit.
He that is has been named already; and it is known that he is
man and that he shall not be able to contend with him that is mightier than he.
Certainly the many words multiply vanity, what more does man have?
For who knows what is
good for man in this
life, all the days of the life of his vanity which he causes to be
as a shadow? for who shall teach the man what shall be after him under the sun?