Ecclesiastes, CHAPTER 6
Limited Worth of Enjoyment.
There is another evil I have seen under the sun, and it weighs heavily upon humankind:
There is one to whom God gives riches and property and honor, and who lacks nothing the heart could desire; yet God does not grant the power to partake of them, but a stranger devours them. This is vanity and a dire plague.
Should one have a hundred children and live many years, no matter to what great age, still if one has not the full benefit of those goods, I proclaim that the child born dead, even if left unburied, is more fortunate.
Though it came in vain and goes into darkness and its name is enveloped in darkness,
though it has not seen the sun or known anything, yet the dead child has more peace.
Should such a one live twice a thousand years and not enjoy those goods, do not both go to the same place?
All human toil is for the mouth, yet the appetite is never satisfied.
What profit have the wise compared to fools, or what profit have the lowly in knowing how to conduct themselves in life?
“What the eyes see is better than what the desires wander after.” This also is vanity and a chase after wind.
Whatever is, was long ago given its name, and human nature is known; mortals cannot contend in judgment with One who is stronger.
For the more words, the more vanity; what profit is there for anyone?
For who knows what is good for mortals in life, the limited days of their vain life, spent like a shadow? Because who can tell them what will come afterward under the sun?