Parallel Bible results for Ecclesiastes 6

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Ecclesiastes 6

RSVA 1 There is an evil which I have seen under the sun, and it lies heavy upon men: NIV 1 I have seen another evil under the sun, and it weighs heavily on mankind: RSVA 2 a man to whom God gives wealth, possessions, and honor, so that he lacks nothing of all that he desires, yet God does not give him power to enjoy them, but a stranger enjoys them; this is vanity; it is a sore affliction. 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. RSVA 3 If a man begets a hundred children, and lives many years, so that the days of his years are many, but he does not enjoy life's good things, and also has no burial, I say that an untimely birth is better off than he. 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. RSVA 4 For it comes into vanity and goes into darkness, and in darkness its name is covered; NIV 4 It comes without meaning, it departs in darkness, and in darkness its name is shrouded. RSVA 5 moreover it has not seen the sun or known anything; yet it finds rest rather than he. NIV 5 Though it never saw the sun or knew anything, it has more rest than does that man— RSVA 6 Even though he should live a thousand years twice told, yet enjoy no good--do not all go to the one place? 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? RSVA 7 All the toil of man is for his mouth, yet his appetite is not satisfied. NIV 7 Everyone’s toil is for their mouth, yet their appetite is never satisfied. RSVA 8 For what advantage has the wise man over the fool? And what does the poor man have who knows how to conduct himself 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? RSVA 9 Better is the sight of the eyes than the wandering of desire; this also is vanity and a striving after wind. NIV 9 Better what the eye sees than the roving of the appetite. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind. RSVA 10 Whatever has come to be has already been named, and it is known what man is, and that he is not able to dispute with one stronger than he. NIV 10 Whatever exists has already been named, and what humanity is has been known; no one can contend with someone who is stronger. RSVA 11 The more words, the more vanity, and what is man the better? NIV 11 The more the words, the less the meaning, and how does that profit anyone? RSVA 12 For who knows what is good for man while he lives the few days of his vain life, which he passes like a shadow? For who can tell man what will be after him 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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