Ecclesiastes - Chapter 6 | King James Version (KJV)

  • 1. There is an evil which I have seen under the sun, and it {cf15I is} common among men:
  • 2. A man 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: this {cf15I is} vanity, and it {cf15I is} an evil disease.
  • 3. If a man beget an hundred {cf15I children}, and live many years, so that the days of his years be many, and his soul be not filled with good, and also {cf15I that} he have no burial; I say, {cf15I that} an untimely birth {cf15I is} better than he.
  • 4. For he cometh in with vanity, and departeth in darkness, and his name shall be covered with darkness.
  • 5. Moreover he hath not seen the sun, nor known {cf15I any thing}: this hath more rest than the other.
  • 6. Yea, though he live a thousand years twice {cf15I told}, yet hath he seen no good: do not all go to one place?
  • 7. All the labour of man {cf15I is} for his mouth, and yet the appetite is not filled.
  • 8. For what hath the wise more than the fool? what hath the poor, that knoweth to walk before the living?
  • 9. Better {cf15I is} the sight of the eyes than the wandering of the desire: this {cf15I is} also vanity and vexation of spirit.
  • 10. That which hath been is named already, and it is known that it {cf15I is} man: neither may he contend with him that is mightier than he.
  • 11. Seeing there be many things that increase vanity, what {cf15I is} man the better?
  • 12. For who knoweth what {cf15I is} good for man in {cf15I this} life, all the days of his vain life which he spendeth as a shadow? for who can tell a man what shall be after him under the sun?