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18 Those to whom God gives riches and property, and grants power to partake of them, so that they receive their lot and find joy in the fruits of their toil: This is a gift from God. 19 For they will hardly dwell on the shortness of life, because God lets them busy themselves with the joy of their heart.[a]

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  1. 5:19 The joys of life, though temporary and never assured, keep one from dwelling on the ills which afflict humanity.