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The misery of the covetous man.

[1] There is also another evil, which I have seen under the sun, and that frequent among men: [2] A man to whom God hath given riches, and substance, and honour, and his soul wanteth nothing of all that he desireth: yet God doth not give him power to eat thereof, but a stranger shall eat it up. This is vanity and a great misery. [3] If a man beget a hundred children, and live many years, and attain to a great age, and his soul make no use of the goods of his substance, and he be without burial: of this man I pronounce, that the untimely born is better than he. [4] For he came in vain, and goeth to darkness, and his name shall be wholly forgotten. [5] He hath not seen the sun, nor known the distance of good and evil:

[6] Although he lived two thousand years, and hath not enjoyed good things: do not all make haste to one place? [7] All the labour of man is for his mouth, but his soul shall not be filled. [8] What hath the wise man more than the fool? and what the poor man, but to go thither, where there is life? [9] Better it is to see what thou mayst desire, than to desire that which thou canst not know. But this also is vanity, and presumption of spirit. [10] He that shall be, his name is already called: and it is known, that he is man, and cannot contend in judgment with him that is stronger than himself.

[11] There are many words that have much vanity in disputing.

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