Ecclesiastes

Ecclesiastes 6 ©

1The vanity and misery of riches to one that wanteth an heart to use them; 3to whom, although he hath many children and long life, an untimely birth is preferable. 7The vanity of insatiable desires. 10From the past, which is known, the vanity of man is seen; the future is unknown.

1

THERE is aan evil which I have seen under the sun, and it is common among men:

2

A bman to whom God hath given riches, wealth, and honour, so that he wanteth nothing for his soul of all that he desireth, yet God giveth him not power to eat thereof, but a stranger eateth it: cthis is vanity, and it is an evil disease.

3

dIf a man beget an hundred children, and live many years, so that ethe days of his years be many, and his soul be not filled with good, and falso that he have no burial; I say, that gan untimely birth is better than he.

e ch. 5.17. v.4-7.
g Job 3.16. Ps. 58.8. ch. 4.3.
4

For he hcometh in with vanity, and departeth in darkness, and his name shall be covered with darkness.

5

Moreover ihe hath not seen the sun, nor known any thing: this hath more rest than the other.

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¶Yea, jthough he live a thousand years twice told, yet khath he seen no good: ldo not all go to one place?

j Ge. 5; 11.
k v.3. Job 18; 20. Is. 65.20.
7

mAll the labour of man is for his mouth, and yet the 1appetite is not filled.

8

nFor what hath the wise more than the fool? what hath the poor, that oknoweth to walk before the living?

9

pBetter is the sight of the eyes 2than the wandering of the desire: qthis is also vanity and *vexation of spirit.

q v.2. ch. 1.14; 2.11,17; 4.4.
10

rThat which hath been is named already, and it is known sthat it is man: tneither may he contend with him that is mightier than he.

11

¶Seeing there ube many things that increase vanity, what is man the better?

12

For vwho knoweth what is good for man in this life, 3all the days of his vain life which he spendeth as wa shadow? xfor who can tell a man what shall be after him under the sun?