There is an evil I have seen under the sun,
As an error proceeding from the ruler:

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13 (A)There is a severe evil which I have seen under the sun:
Riches kept for their owner to his hurt.

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This is an evil in all that is done under the sun: that one thing happens to all. Truly the hearts of the sons of men are full of evil; madness is in their hearts while they live, and after that they go to the dead.

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Wealth Is Not the Goal of Life

There(A) is an evil which I have seen under the sun, and it is common among men:

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Then I returned, and I saw vanity under the sun:

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The Uselessness of Selfish Toil

Then I returned and considered all the (A)oppression that is done under the sun:

And look! The tears of the oppressed,
But they have no comforter—
[a]On the side of their oppressors there is power,
But they have no comforter.

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Footnotes

  1. Ecclesiastes 4:1 Lit. At the hand

Injustice Seems to Prevail

16 Moreover (A)I saw under the sun:

In the place of [a]judgment,
Wickedness was there;
And in the place of righteousness,
[b]Iniquity was there.

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Footnotes

  1. Ecclesiastes 3:16 justice
  2. Ecclesiastes 3:16 Wickedness

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