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Nothing that I had worked for and earned meant a thing to me, because I knew that I would have to leave it to my successor,
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Again I hated all my application wherewith I had earnestly laboured under the sun, being like to have an heir after me,
Ecclesiastes 2:4-9 I made me great works, I built me houses, and planted vineyards, . . .
Ecclesiastes 1:13 And I proposed in my mind to seek and search out wisely concerning all things that are done under the sun. This painful occupation hath God given to the children of men, to be exercised therein.
Ecclesiastes 4:3 And I judged him happier than them both, that is not yet born, nor hath seen the evils that are done under the sun.
Ecclesiastes 5:18 This therefore hath seemed good to me, that a man should eat and drink, and enjoy the fruit of his labour, wherewith he hath laboured under the sun, all the days of his life, which God hath given him: and this is his portion.
Ecclesiastes 9:9 Live joyfully with the wife whom thou lovest, all the days of thy unsteady life, which are given to thee under the sun, all the time of thy vanity: for this is thy portion in life, and in thy labour wherewith thou labourest under the sun.
Ecclesiastes 2:26 God hath given to a man that is good in his sight, wisdom, and knowledge, and joy: but to the sinner he hath given vexation, and superfluous care, to heap up and to gather together, and to give it to him that hath pleased God: but this also is vanity, and a fruitless solicitude of the mind.
Ecclesiastes 5:13,14 There is also another grievous evil, which I have seen under the sun: riches kept to the hurt of the owner. . . .
1 Kings 11:1-13 And king Solomon loved many strange women, besides the daughter of Pharao, and women of Moab, and of Ammon, and of Edom, and of Sidon, and of the Hethites: . . .
Psalm 17:14 From the enemies of thy hand. O Lord, divide them from the few of the earth in their life: their belly is filled from thy hidden stores. They are full of children: and they have left to their little ones the rest of their substance.
Psalm 39:6 Surely man passeth as an image: yea, and he is disquieted in vain. He storeth up: and he knoweth not for whom he shall gather these things.
Psalm 49:10 He shall not see destruction, when he shall see the wise dying: the senseless and the fool shall perish together: And they shall leave their riches to strangers:
Luke 12:20 But God said to him: Thou fool, this night do they require thy soul of thee. And whose shall those things be which thou hast provided?
Luke 16:27,28 And he said: Then, father, I beseech thee that thou wouldst send him to my father's house, for I have five brethren, . . .
Acts 20:29,30 I know that after my departure ravening wolves will enter in among you, not sparing the flock. . . .
1 Corinthians 3:10 According to the grace of God that is given to me, as a wise architect, I have laid the foundation: and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.
ContextThe Futility of Work
18Again I hated all my application wherewith I had earnestly laboured under the sun, being like to have an heir after me,19Whom I know not whether he will be a wise man or a fool, and he shall have rule over all my labours with which I have laboured and been solicitous: and is there anything so vain?…
Surely man passeth as an image: yea, and he is disquieted in vain. He storeth up: and he knoweth not for whom he shall gather these things.
He shall not see destruction, when he shall see the wise dying: the senseless and the fool shall perish together: And they shall leave their riches to strangers:
What hath a man more of all his labour, that he taketh under the sun?
And when I turned myself to all the works which my hands had wrought, and to the labours wherein I had laboured in vain, I saw in all things vanity, and vexation of mind, and that nothing was lasting under the sun.
For when a man laboureth in wisdom, and knowledge, and carefulness, he leaveth what he hath gotten to an idle man: so this also is vanity, and a great evil.
And I have found that nothing is better than for a man to rejoice in his work, and that this is his portion. For who shall bring him to know the things that shall be after him?
Additional TranslationsI hated all for which I had toiled under the sun, because I must leave it to the man who comes after me.Yes, I hated all my labor which I had taken under the sun: because I should leave it to the man that shall be after me.
And I hated all my labor wherein I labored under the sun, seeing that I must leave it unto the man that shall be after me.
And I hated the whole of my labour which I took under the sun; because I must leave it to the man who will come after me.
And I hated all my labour wherewith I had been toiling under the sun, because I should leave it unto the man that shall be after me.
And I hated all my labour wherein I laboured under the sun: seeing that I must leave it unto the man that shall be after me.
Yes, I hated all my labor which I had taken under the sun: because I should leave it to the man that shall be after me.
I hated all my labor in which I labored under the sun, because I must leave it to the man who comes after me.
And I have hated all my labour that I labour at under the sun, because I leave it to a man who is after me.
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