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Ecclesiastes 6 1599 Geneva Bible (GNV)

The miserable estate of him to whom God hath given riches, and not the grace to use them.

There is an evil, which I saw under the sun, and it is much among men:

A man to whom God hath given riches and treasures and honor, and he wanteth nothing for his soul of all that he desireth: but [a]God giveth him not power to eat thereof, but a strange man shall eat it up: this is vanity, and this is an evil sickness.

If a man beget an hundred children and live many years, and the days of his years be multiplied: and his soul be not [b]satisfied with good things, and he be not [c]buried, I say that an untimely fruit is better than he.

For [d]he cometh into vanity, and goeth into darkness: and his name shall be covered with darkness.

Also he hath not seen the sun, nor known it: therefore this hath more rest than the other.

And if he had lived a thousand years twice told, and had seen no good, shall not all go to one place?

All the labor of man is for his mouth: yet the [e]soul is not filled.

For what hath the wise man more than the fool? what hath the poor that [f]knoweth how to walk before the living?

The [g]sight of the eye is better than to walk in the lusts: this also is vanity, and vexation of spirit.

10 What is that that hath been? the name thereof is now named: and it is known that it is man: and he cannot strive with him that is [h]stronger than he.


  1. Ecclesiastes 6:2 He showeth that it is the plague of God when the rich man hath not a liberal heart to use his riches.
  2. Ecclesiastes 6:3 If he can never have enough.
  3. Ecclesiastes 6:3 As we see oftentimes that the covetous man either falleth into crimes that deserve death, or is murdered or drowned or hangeth himself, or such like, and so lacketh the honor of burial, which is the last office of humanity.
  4. Ecclesiastes 6:4 Meaning, the untimely fruit whose life did neither profit or hurt any.
  5. Ecclesiastes 6:7 His desire and affection.
  6. Ecclesiastes 6:8 That knoweth to use his goods well in the judgment of men.
  7. Ecclesiastes 6:9 To be content with that which God hath given, is better than to follow the desires that never can be satisfied.
  8. Ecclesiastes 6:10 Meaning, God who will make him to feel that he is mortal.
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Ecclesiastes 6 New International Version (NIV)

I have seen another evil under the sun, and it weighs heavily on mankind: God gives some people wealth, possessions and honor, so that they lack nothing their hearts desire, but God does not grant them the ability to enjoy them, and strangers enjoy them instead. This is meaningless, a grievous evil.

A man may have a hundred children and live many years; yet no matter how long he lives, if he cannot enjoy his prosperity and does not receive proper burial, I say that a stillborn child is better off than he. It comes without meaning, it departs in darkness, and in darkness its name is shrouded. Though it never saw the sun or knew anything, it has more rest than does that man— even if he lives a thousand years twice over but fails to enjoy his prosperity. Do not all go to the same place?

Everyone’s toil is for their mouth,
    yet their appetite is never satisfied.
What advantage have the wise over fools?
What do the poor gain
    by knowing how to conduct themselves before others?
Better what the eye sees
    than the roving of the appetite.
This too is meaningless,
    a chasing after the wind.

10 Whatever exists has already been named,
    and what humanity is has been known;
no one can contend
    with someone who is stronger.
11 The more the words,
    the less the meaning,
    and how does that profit anyone?

12 For who knows what is good for a person in life, during the few and meaningless days they pass through like a shadow? Who can tell them what will happen under the sun after they are gone?

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