New American Standard Bible
The Futility of Life
6 There is an (A)evil which I have seen under the sun and it is prevalent [a]among men— 2 a man to whom God has (B)given riches and wealth and honor so that his soul (C)lacks nothing of all that he desires; yet God has not empowered him to eat from them, for a foreigner [b]enjoys them. This is [c]vanity and a severe affliction. 3 If a man fathers a hundred children and lives many years, however many [d]they be, but his soul is not satisfied with good things and he does not even have a proper (D)burial, then I say, “Better (E)the miscarriage than he, 4 for it comes in futility and goes into obscurity; and its name is covered in obscurity. 5 It never sees the sun and it never knows anything; [e]it is better off than he. 6 Even if the other man lives a thousand years twice and does not [f]enjoy good things—(F)do not all go to one place?”
7 (G)All a man’s labor is for his mouth and yet the [g]appetite is not [h]satisfied. 8 For (H)what advantage does the wise man have over the fool? What advantage does the poor man have, knowing how to walk before the living? 9 What the eyes (I)see is better than what the soul [i]desires. This too is (J)futility and a striving after wind.
10 Whatever (K)exists has already been named, and it is known what man is; for he (L)cannot dispute with him who is stronger than he is. 11 For there are many words which increase futility. What then is the advantage to a man? 12 For who knows what is good for a man during his lifetime, during the few [j]years of his futile life? He will [k]spend them like a shadow. For who can tell a man (M)what will be after him under the sun?
- Ecclesiastes 6:1 Lit upon
- Ecclesiastes 6:2 Lit eats from them
- Ecclesiastes 6:2 Or futility
- Ecclesiastes 6:3 Lit the days of his years
- Ecclesiastes 6:5 Lit more rest has this one than that
- Ecclesiastes 6:6 Lit see
- Ecclesiastes 6:7 Lit soul
- Ecclesiastes 6:7 Lit filled
- Ecclesiastes 6:9 Lit goes after
- Ecclesiastes 6:12 Lit days
- Ecclesiastes 6:12 Lit do