Ecclesiastes 6

The Futility of Life

There is an a evil which I have seen under the sun and it is prevalent
Lit upon
among men
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 them
enjoys them. This is
Or futility
vanity and a severe affliction.
If a man fathers a hundred children and lives many years, however many
Lit the days of his years
they 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,
for it comes in futility and goes into obscurity; and its name is covered in obscurity. It never sees the sun and it never knows anything;
Lit more rest has this one than that
it is better off than he.
Even if the other man lives a thousand years twice and does not
Lit see
enjoy good thingsl do not all go to one place?”

m All a man’s labor is for his mouth and yet the
Lit soul
appetite is not
Lit filled
satisfied.
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? What the eyes q see is better than what the soul
Lit goes after
desires. 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 days
years of his futile life? He will
Lit do
spend them like a shadow. For who can tell a man x what will be after him under the sun?
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