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God gives a man wealth, possessions, and honor, so that he lacks nothing his heart desires; yet God does not enable him to enjoy it—instead someone else ends up enjoying it. This is vanity—indeed, it is a grievous ill!

Even if a man fathers a hundred children and lives many years so that the days of his years are many, if his heart[a] is not satisfied with his prosperity[b] and he does not receive a proper burial,[c] I deem the stillborn better than him. For he comes into vanity and departs into darkness, and his name is shrouded in darkness.

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Footnotes

  1. Ecclesiastes 6:3 Or “his soul”
  2. Ecclesiastes 6:3 Literally “the good”
  3. Ecclesiastes 6:3 Literally “and also there is no burial for him”

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