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Ecclesiastes - Chapter 6

1 I see another evil under the sun, which goes hard with people:

2 suppose someone has received from God riches, property, honours -- nothing at all left to wish for; but God does not give the chance to enjoy them, and some stranger enjoys them. This is futile, and grievous suffering too.

3 Or take someone who has had a hundred children and lived for many years, and, having reached old age, has never enjoyed the good things of life and has not even got a tomb; it seems to me, a still-born child is happier.

4 In futility it came, into darkness it departs, and in darkness will its name be buried.

5 It has never so much as seen or known the sun; all the same, it will rest more easily than that person,

6 who would never have known the good things of life, even by living a thousand years twice over. Do we not all go to the same place in the end?

7 All toil is for the mouth, yet the appetite is never satisfied.

8 What advantage has the wise over the fool? And what of the pauper who knows how to behave in society?

9 Better the object seen than the sting of desire: for the latter too is futile and chasing after the wind.

10 What has been is already defined -- we know what people are: They cannot bring to justice one who is stronger than themselves.

11 The more we say, the more futile it is: what good can we derive from it?

12 And who knows what is best for someone during life, during the days of futile life which are spent like a shadow? Who can tell anyone what will happen after him under the sun?

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