Parallel Bible results for Ecclesiastes 6

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Ecclesiastes 6

CEB 1 I saw a tragedy under the sun, and it weighs heavily upon humanity. NIV 1 I have seen another evil under the sun, and it weighs heavily on mankind: CEB 2 God may give some people plenty of wealth, riches, and glory so that they lack nothing they desire. But God doesn't enable them to enjoy it; instead, a stranger enjoys it. This is pointless and a sickening tragedy. NIV 2 God gives some people wealth, possessions and honor, so that they lack nothing their hearts desire, but God does not grant them the ability to enjoy them, and strangers enjoy them instead. This is meaningless, a grievous evil. CEB 3 Some people may have one hundred children and live a long life. But no matter how long they live, if they aren't content with life's good things, I say that even a stillborn child with no grave is better off than they are. NIV 3 A man may have a hundred children and live many years; yet no matter how long he lives, if he cannot enjoy his prosperity and does not receive proper burial, I say that a stillborn child is better off than he. CEB 4 Because that child arrives pointlessly, then passes away in darkness. Darkness covers its name. NIV 4 It comes without meaning, it departs in darkness, and in darkness its name is shrouded. CEB 5 It hasn't seen the sun or experienced anything. But it has more peace than those NIV 5 Though it never saw the sun or knew anything, it has more rest than does that man— CEB 6 who live a thousand years twice over but don't enjoy life's good things. Isn't everyone heading to the same destination? NIV 6 even if he lives a thousand years twice over but fails to enjoy his prosperity. Do not all go to the same place? CEB 7 All the hard work of humans is for the mouth, but the appetite is never full. NIV 7 Everyone’s toil is for their mouth, yet their appetite is never satisfied. CEB 8 What advantage do the wise have over the foolish? Or what do the poor gain by knowing how to conduct themselves before the living? NIV 8 What advantage have the wise over fools? What do the poor gain by knowing how to conduct themselves before others? CEB 9 It's better to enjoy what's at hand than to have an insatiable appetite. This too is pointless, just wind chasing. NIV 9 Better what the eye sees than the roving of the appetite. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind. CEB 10 Whatever happens has already been designated, and human beings are fully known. They can't contend with the one who is stronger than they are. NIV 10 Whatever exists has already been named, and what humanity is has been known; no one can contend with someone who is stronger. CEB 11 Because the more words increase, the more everything is pointless. What do people gain by it? NIV 11 The more the words, the less the meaning, and how does that profit anyone? CEB 12 Because who knows what's good for human beings during life, during their brief pointless life, which will pass away like a shadow? Who can say what the future holds for people under the sun? NIV 12 For who knows what is good for a person in life, during the few and meaningless days they pass through like a shadow? Who can tell them what will happen under the sun after they are gone?

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