Ecclesiastes - Chapter 6 | New King James Version

  • 1. There is an evil which I have seen under the sun, and it is common among men:
  • 2. A man to whom God has given riches and wealth and honor, so that he lacks nothing for himself of all he desires; yet God does not give him power to eat of it, but a foreigner consumes it. This is vanity, and it is an evil affliction.
  • 3. If a man begets a hundred children and lives many years, so that the days of his years are many, but his soul is not satisfied with goodness, or indeed he has no burial, I say that a stillborn child is better than he--
  • 4. for it comes in vanity and departs in darkness, and its name is covered with darkness.
  • 5. Though it has not seen the sun or known anything, this has more rest than that man,
  • 6. even if he lives a thousand years twice--but has not seen goodness. Do not all go to one place?
  • 7. All the labor of man is for his mouth, And yet the soul is not satisfied.
  • 8. For what more has the wise man than the fool? What does the poor man have, Who knows how to walk before the living?
  • 9. Better is the sight of the eyes than the wandering of desire. This also is vanity and grasping for the wind.
  • 10. Whatever one is, he has been named already, For it is known that he is man; And he cannot contend with Him who is mightier than he.
  • 11. Since there are many things that increase vanity, How is man the better?
  • 12. For who knows what is good for man in life, all the days of his vain life which he passes like a shadow? Who can tell a man what will happen after him under the sun?