Ecclesiastes 6
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1There is an evil which I have seen under the sun, and it is common among men:1There exists another misfortune that I have observed on earth, and it is a heavy burden upon human beings:
2A man to whom God has given riches and wealth and honor, so that he lacks nothing for himself of all he desires; yet God does not give him power to eat of it, but a foreigner consumes it. This is vanity, and it is an evil affliction.2a man to whom God gives wealth, riches, and honor, so that he lacks none of his heart's desires—but God does not give him the capability to enjoy them. Instead, a stranger consumes them. This is pointless and a grievous affliction.
3If a man begets a hundred children and lives many years, so that the days of his years are many, but his soul is not satisfied with goodness, or indeed he has no burial, I say that a stillborn child is better than he—3A man might father a hundred children, and live for many years, so that the length of his life is long—but if his life does not overflow with goodness, and he doesn't receive a proper burial, I maintain that stillborn children are better off than he is,
4for it comes in vanity and departs in darkness, and its name is covered with darkness.4because stillborn children arrive in pointlessness, leave in darkness, and their names are covered in darkness.
5Though it has not seen the sun or known anything, this has more rest than that man,5Furthermore, though they never saw the sun nor learned anything, they are more content than the other.
6even if he lives a thousand years twice—but has not seen goodness. Do not all go to one place?6Even if he lives a thousand years twice over without experiencing the best—aren't all of them going to the same place?
7All the labor of man is for his mouth, And yet the soul is not satisfied.7Every person works for his own self-interests, but his desires remain unsatisfied.
8For what more has the wise man than the fool? What does the poor man have, Who knows how to walk before the living?8For what advantage has the wise person over the fool? What advantage does the poor man have in knowing how to face life?
9Better is the sight of the eyes than the wandering of desire. This also is vanity and grasping for the wind.9It is better to focus on what you can see than to meander after your self-interest; this also is pointless and a chasing after wind.
10Whatever one is, he has been named already, For it is known that he is man; And he cannot contend with Him who is mightier than he.10Whatever exists has been named already; people know what it means to be human— and a person cannot defeat one who is more powerful than he.
11Since there are many things that increase vanity, How is man the better?11Because many words lead to pointlessness, how do people benefit from this?
12For who knows what is good for man in life, all the days of his vain life which he passes like a shadow? Who can tell a man what will happen after him under the sun?12Who knows what is best for people in this life, every day of their pointless lives that they pass through like a shadow? Who informs people on earth what will come along after them?
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