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Ecclesiastes 6 :: New International Version (NIV)

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Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 6:1 - I have seen another evil under the sun, and it weighs heavily on mankind:
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 6:2 - God gives some people wealth, possessions and honor, so that they lack nothing their hearts desire, but God does not grant them the ability to enjoy them, and strangers enjoy them instead. This is meaningless, a grievous evil.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 6:3 - A man may have a hundred children and live many years; yet no matter how long he lives, if he cannot enjoy his prosperity and does not receive proper burial, I say that a stillborn child is better off than he.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 6:4 - It comes without meaning, it departs in darkness, and in darkness its name is shrouded.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 6:5 - Though it never saw the sun or knew anything, it has more rest than does that man—
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 6:6 - even if he lives a thousand years twice over but fails to enjoy his prosperity. Do not all go to the same place?
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 6:7 - Everyone’s toil is for their mouth, yet their appetite is never satisfied.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 6:8 - What advantage have the wise over fools? What do the poor gain by knowing how to conduct themselves before others?
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 6:9 - Better what the eye sees than the roving of the appetite. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 6:10 - Whatever exists has already been named, and what humanity is has been known; no one can contend with someone who is stronger.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 6:11 - The more the words, the less the meaning, and how does that profit anyone?
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 6:12 - For who knows what is good for a person in life, during the few and meaningless days they pass through like a shadow? Who can tell them what will happen under the sun after they are gone?

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