Ecclesiastes 1:12-15New American Standard Bible (NASB)
The Futility of Wisdom
12 I, the Preacher, have been king over Israel in Jerusalem.13 And I set my [a]mind to seek and explore by wisdom concerning all that has been done under heaven. It is [b]a grievous task which God has given to the sons of men to be afflicted with.14 I have seen all the works which have been done under the sun, and behold, all is [c]vanity and striving after wind.15 What is crooked cannot be straightened and what is lacking cannot be counted.
Ecclesiastes 2:24-26New American Standard Bible (NASB)
24 There is nothing better for a man than to eat and drink and [a]tell himself that his labor is good. This also I have seen that it is from the hand of God.25 For who can eat and who can have enjoyment without [b]Him?26 For to a person who is good in His sight He has given wisdom and knowledge and joy, while to the sinner He has given the task of gathering and collecting so that he may give to one who is good in God’s sight. This too is vanity and striving after wind.
13 Someone [a]in the crowd said to Him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the family inheritance with me.”14 But He said to him, “Man, who appointed Me a judge or arbitrator over you?”15 Then He said to them, “Beware, and be on your guard against every form of greed; for not even when one has an abundance does his life consist of his possessions.”16 And He told them a parable, saying, “The land of a rich man was very productive.17 And he began reasoning to himself, saying, ‘What shall I do, since I have no place to store my crops?’18 Then he said, ‘This is what I will do: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods.19 And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years to come; take your ease, eat, drink and be merry.”’20 But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night [b]your soul is required of you; and now who will own what you have prepared?’21 So is the man who stores up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.”
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