The Futility of Life1 There is an a evil which I have seen under the sun and it is prevalent ▼
▼ Lit uponamong men— 2 a man to whom God has c given riches and wealth and honor so that his soul d lacks nothing of all that he desires; yet God has not empowered him to eat from them, for a foreigner ▼
▼ Lit eats from themenjoys them. This is ▼
▼ Or futilityvanity and a severe affliction. 3 If a man fathers a hundred children and lives many years, however many ▼
▼ Lit the days of his yearsthey be, but his soul is not satisfied with good things and he does not even have a proper h burial, then I say, “Better i the miscarriage than he, 4 for it comes in futility and goes into obscurity; and its name is covered in obscurity. 5 “It never sees the sun and it never knows anything; ▼
▼ Lit more rest has this one than thatit is better off than he. 6 “Even if the other man lives a thousand years twice and does not ▼
▼ Lit seeenjoy good things— l do not all go to one place?” 7 m All a man’s labor is for his mouth and yet the ▼
▼ Lit soulappetite is not ▼
▼ Lit filledsatisfied. 8 For p what advantage does the wise man have over the fool? What advantage does the poor man have, knowing how to walk before the living? 9 What the eyes q see is better than what the soul ▼
▼ Lit goes afterdesires. This too is s futility and a striving after wind. 10 Whatever t exists has already been named, and it is known what man is; for he u cannot dispute with him who is stronger than he is. 11 For there are many words which increase futility. What then is the advantage to a man? 12 For who knows what is good for a man during his lifetime, during the few ▼
▼ Lit daysyears of his futile life? He will ▼
▼ Lit dospend them like a shadow. For who can tell a man x what will be after him under the sun?
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