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Enjoy life with the wife you love all the days of your life, that vanishes like vapor, the life which God has given you under the sun, all the days that vanish like vapor,[a] for that is your portion in life and your reward from all the hard work at which you worked so hard under the sun.

10 Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your strength, for there is no work, planning, knowledge, or wisdom in the grave, where you are heading.

11 I looked again and saw that under the sun the race is not won by the swift, nor the battle by the strong. Food is not given to the wise, nor is wealth given to those who have good judgment, nor is success given to those who have knowledge, because time and chance come upon all of them.

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  1. Ecclesiastes 9:9 The repetition of days that vanish like vapor is missing from some Hebrew manuscripts and from the ancient versions.