Ecclesiastes 6
Christian Standard BibleEnglish Standard Version
1Here is a tragedy I have observed under the sun, and it weighs heavily on humanity:1There is an evil that I have seen under the sun, and it lies heavy on mankind:
2God gives a person riches, wealth, and honor so that he lacks nothing of all he desires for himself, but God does not allow him to enjoy them. Instead, a stranger will enjoy them. This is futile and a sickening tragedy.2a 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 grievous evil.
3A man may father a hundred children and live many years. No matter how long he lives, if he is not satisfied by good things and does not even have a proper burial, I say that a stillborn child is better off than he.3If a man fathers a hundred children and lives many years, so that the days of his years are many, but his soul is not satisfied with life’s good things, and he also has no burial, I say that a stillborn child is better off than he.
4For he comes in futility and he goes in darkness, and his name is shrouded in darkness.4For it comes in vanity and goes in darkness, and in darkness its name is covered.
5Though a stillborn child does not see the sun and is not conscious, it has more rest than he.5Moreover, it has not seen the sun or known anything, yet it finds rest rather than he.
6And if a person lives a thousand years twice, but does not experience happiness, do not both go to the same place?6Even though he should live a thousand years twice over, yet enjoy no good—do not all go to the one place?
7All of a person's labor is for his stomach, yet the appetite is never satisfied.7All the toil of man is for his mouth, yet his appetite is not satisfied.
8What advantage then does the wise person have over the fool? What advantage is there for the poor person who knows how to conduct himself before others?8For 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?
9Better what the eyes see than wandering desire. This too is futile and a pursuit of the wind.9Better is the sight of the eyes than the wandering of the appetite: this also is vanity and a striving after wind.
10Whatever exists was given its name long ago, and it is known what mankind is. But he is not able to contend with the one stronger than he.10Whatever 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.
11For when there are many words, they increase futility. What is the advantage for mankind?11The more words, the more vanity, and what is the advantage to man?
12For who knows what is good for anyone in life, in the few days of his futile life that he spends like a shadow? Who can tell anyone what will happen after him under the sun?12For 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?
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Ecclesiastes 5
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