The Emptiness of Work

18 I hated all my work that I labored at under the sun(A) because I must leave it to the man who comes after me.(B) 19 And who knows whether he will be a wise man or a fool?(C) Yet he will take over all my work that I labored at skillfully under the sun. This too is futile. 20 So I began to give myself over[a] to despair concerning all my work that I had labored at under the sun. 21 When there is a man whose work was done with wisdom, knowledge, and skill,(D) and he must give his portion to a man who has not worked for it, this too is futile and a great wrong.

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Footnotes

  1. Ecclesiastes 2:20 Lit And I turned to cause my heart

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