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Ecclesiastes 6:1
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There is an (a)evil which I have seen under the sun and it is prevalent [a]among men—
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Ecclesiastes 6:2
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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.
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Ecclesiastes 6:3
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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,
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Ecclesiastes 6:4
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for it comes in futility and goes into obscurity; and its name is covered in obscurity.
Ecclesiastes 6:5
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It never sees the sun and it never knows anything; [e]it is better off than he.
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Ecclesiastes 6:6
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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?"
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Ecclesiastes 6:7
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(g)All a man's labor is for his mouth and yet the [g]appetite is not [h]satisfied.
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Ecclesiastes 6:8
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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?
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Ecclesiastes 6:9
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What the eyes (i)see is better than what the soul [i]desires. This too is (j)futility and a striving after wind.
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Ecclesiastes 6:10
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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.
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Ecclesiastes 6:11
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For there are many words which increase futility. What then is the advantage to a man?
Ecclesiastes 6:12
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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?
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