The Folly of Wealth and Honor1 There is a wickedness which I beheld under the sun, and it is abundant with men. 2 A man to whom [2shall give 3to him 1God] wealth, and possessions, and glory, and there is nothing lacking to his soul from all things which he shall desire; yet [2shall not 3give authority to him 1God] to eat from it; for a man, a stranger, shall eat it. And this [2folly 3and 5sickness 4an evil 1is]. 3 If [2should engender 1a man] a hundred, and [3years 2many 1shall live], and [2abundant 1however] will be the days of his years, that his soul shall not be filled up from goodness, and indeed [2no burial 1there be] for him. I said, Better for him the miscarriage. 4 For in folly he came, and in darkness he goes, and in darkness his name shall be covered. 5 And indeed [2the sun 1he knew not], and [2knows not 3rest 1this one] over this other one. 6 And if he lived a thousand years of returns, and [2goodness 1he knows not], is it not unto [2place 1one] all shall go? 7 Every effort of man is for his mouth, and indeed the soul shall not be filled. 8 For what advantage to the wise over the fool, for the needy knows to go in front of life? 9 Better vision of eyes, than going in life; for indeed this is folly and resolve of spirit. 10 If anything became, already [2has been called 1its name]; and it is known what man is, and he is not able to judge against the one stronger than he. 11 For there are [2matters 1many] multiplying folly. 12 What extra is to man? For who knows what is good to man in life, during the number of the life of the days of his folly? And he spent them as a shadow; for who shall report to man what will be after him under the sun?
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