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Ecclesiastes 6 :: Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

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Here is a tragedy I have observed under the sun, and it weighs heavily on humanity:[fn]

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God 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.

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A man may father a hundred children and live many years. No matter how long he lives,[fn] 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.

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For he comes in futility and he goes in darkness, and his name is shrouded in darkness.

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Though a stillborn child does not see the sun and is not conscious, it has more rest than he.

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And if a person lives a thousand years twice, but does not experience happiness, do not both go to the same place?

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All of a person’s labor is for his stomach,[fn]

yet the appetite is never satisfied.

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What 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?

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Better what the eyes see than wandering desire. This too is futile and a pursuit of the wind.[fn]

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Whatever exists was given its name long ago,[fn] and it is known what mankind is. But he is not able to contend with the one stronger than he.

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For when there are many words, they increase futility. What is the advantage for mankind?

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For 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?

CSB Footnotes
Or it is common among men
Lit how many years
Lit mouth
Or a feeding on wind, or an affliction of spirit
Lit name already

Christian Standard Bible®, Copyright © 2017 by Holman Bible Publishers.

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For more information on this translation, see the CSB Preface.

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