- This also is a grievous evil--exactly as a man is born, thus will he die. So what is the advantage to him who toils for the wind?
- Throughout his life he also eats in darkness with great vexation, sickness and anger.
- Here is what I have seen to be good and fitting: to eat, to drink and enjoy oneself in all one's labor in which he toils under the sun during the few years of his life which God has given him; for this is his reward.
- Furthermore, as for every man to whom God has given riches and wealth, He has also empowered him to eat from them and to receive his reward and rejoice in his labor; this is the gift of God.
- For he will not often consider the years of his life, because God keeps him occupied with the gladness of his heart.
- This too is a grievous evil: As a man comes, so he departs, and what does he gain, since he toils for the wind?
- All his days he eats in darkness, with great frustration, affliction and anger.
- Then I realized that it is good and proper for a man to eat and drink, and to find satisfaction in his toilsome labor under the sun during the few days of life God has given him--for this is his lot.
- Moreover, when God gives any man wealth and possessions, and enables him to enjoy them, to accept his lot and be happy in his work--this is a gift of God.
- He seldom reflects on the days of his life, because God keeps him occupied with gladness of heart.