| 1 ¶ There is an evil
which I have seen under the sun, and it is common among men:
2 A man to whom God hath given riches, wealth, and honour, so that he wanteth nothing for his soul of all that he desireth, yet God giveth him not power to eat thereof, but a stranger eateth it: this is vanity, and it is an evil disease.
has given He has created all good things.
Wealth God blessed Solomon 1ki0313, 2ch0111. Compare David 1ch2912.
Soul The person.
Eat Eating represents enjoyment. is0310, je1516.
| 3 If a man beget an hundred
children, and live many years, so that the days of his years be many, and
his soul be not filled with good, and also that he have no burial; I say,
that an untimely birth is better than he.
4 For he cometh in with vanity, and departeth in darkness, and his name shall be covered with darkness.
The word is implied in the Hebrew text. They were considered a blessing
No burial Very disrespectful 1sa1746, je1606, je2533, je2218.
Untimely birth Stillborn or maybe premature. jb0316, ps05808.
| 5 Moreover he hath not seen
the sun, nor known any thing: this hath more rest than the other.
6 Yea, though he live a thousand years twice told, yet hath he seen no good: do not all go to one place?
|Live a thousand years twice The one coming in vanity compared to the one of "untimely birth" v3.|
| 7 ¶ All the labour of
man is for his mouth, and yet the appetite is not filled.
8 For what hath the wise more than the fool? what hath the poor, that knoweth to walk before the living?
Where eating represents all consumption.
What hath the wise Should read "What advantage has the wise ...?
| 9 Better is the sight of the
eyes than the wandering of the desire: this is also vanity and vexation
10 That which hath been is named already, and it is known that it is man: neither may he contend with him that is mightier than he.
Better to be content with what one has.
That which hath been Equivalent to ec0109.
| 11 ¶ Seeing there be
many things that increase vanity, what is man the better?
12 For who knoweth what is good for man in this life, all the days of his vain life which he spendeth as a shadow? for who can tell a man what shall be after him under the sun?
|Things Rather "words." is4511, ac1724. Remember to read more than one verse in the passages linked.|