Day 422

The Chronological Cross-Reference Bible Study Reading Plan

Day 422

The Chronological Cross-Reference Bible Study Reading Plan

English Standard Version (ESV)


Ecclesiastes 5:8-6:12

If you see in a province the oppression of the poor and the violation of justice and righteousness, do not be amazed at the matter, for the high official is watched by a higher, and there are yet higher ones over them. But this is gain for a land in every way: a king committed to cultivated fields.

10 He who loves money will not be satisfied with money, nor he who loves wealth with his income; this also is vanity. 11 When goods increase, they increase who eat them, and what advantage has their owner but to see them with his eyes? 12 Sweet is the sleep of a laborer, whether he eats little or much, but the full stomach of the rich will not let him sleep.

13 There is a grievous evil that I have seen under the sun: riches were kept by their owner to his hurt, 14 and those riches were lost in a bad venture. And he is father of a son, but he has nothing in his hand. 15 As he came from his mother's womb he shall go again, naked as he came, and shall take nothing for his toil that he may carry away in his hand. 16 This also is a grievous evil: just as he came, so shall he go, and what gain is there to him who toils for the wind? 17 Moreover, all his days he eats in darkness in much vexation and sickness and anger.

18 Behold, what I have seen to be good and fitting is to eat and drink and find enjoyment in all the toil with which one toils under the sun the few days of his life that God has given him, for this is his lot. 19 Everyone also to whom God has given wealth and possessions and power to enjoy them, and to accept his lot and rejoice in his toil—this is the gift of God. 20 For he will not much remember the days of his life because God keeps him occupied with joy in his heart.

6:1 There is an evil that I have seen under the sun, and it lies heavy on mankind: a man to whom God gives wealth, possessions, and honor, so that he lacks nothing of all that he desires, yet God does not give him power to enjoy them, but a stranger enjoys them. This is vanity; it is a grievous evil. If a man fathers a hundred children and lives many years, so that the days of his years are many, but his soul is not satisfied with life's good things, and he also has no burial, I say that a stillborn child is better off than he. For it comes in vanity and goes in darkness, and in darkness its name is covered. Moreover, it has not seen the sun or known anything, yet it finds rest rather than he. Even though he should live a thousand years twice over, yet enjoy no good—do not all go to the one place?

All the toil of man is for his mouth, yet his appetite is not satisfied. For what advantage has the wise man over the fool? And what does the poor man have who knows how to conduct himself before the living? Better is the sight of the eyes than the wandering of the appetite: this also is vanity and a striving after wind.

10 Whatever has come to be has already been named, and it is known what man is, and that he is not able to dispute with one stronger than he. 11 The more words, the more vanity, and what is the advantage to man? 12 For who knows what is good for man while he lives the few days of his vain life, which he passes like a shadow? For who can tell man what will be after him under the sun?


King James Version (KJV)


Ecclesiastes 5:8-6:12

5:8If thou seest the oppression of the poor, and violent perverting of judgment and justice in a province, marvel not at the matter: for he that is higher than the highest regardeth; and there be higher than they. 5:9Moreover the profit of the earth is for all: the king himself is served by the field. 5:10He that loveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver; nor he that loveth abundance with increase: this is also vanity. 5:11When goods increase, they are increased that eat them: and what good is there to the owners thereof, saving the beholding of them with their eyes? 5:12The sleep of a labouring man is sweet, whether he eat little or much: but the abundance of the rich will not suffer him to sleep. 5:13There is a sore evil which I have seen under the sun, namely, riches kept for the owners thereof to their hurt. 5:14But those riches perish by evil travail: and he begetteth a son, and there is nothing in his hand. 5:15As he came forth of his mother's womb, naked shall he return to go as he came, and shall take nothing of his labour, which he may carry away in his hand. 5:16And this also is a sore evil, that in all points as he came, so shall he go: and what profit hath he that hath laboured for the wind? 5:17All his days also he eateth in darkness, and he hath much sorrow and wrath with his sickness. 5:18Behold that which I have seen: it is good and comely for one to eat and to drink, and to enjoy the good of all his labour that he taketh under the sun all the days of his life, which God giveth him: for it is his portion. 5:19Every man also to whom God hath given riches and wealth, and hath given him power to eat thereof, and to take his portion, and to rejoice in his labour; this is the gift of God. 5:20For he shall not much remember the days of his life; because God answereth him in the joy of his heart.

6:1There is an evil which I have seen under the sun, and it is common among men:6:2A 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.6:3If 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.6:4For he cometh in with vanity, and departeth in darkness, and his name shall be covered with darkness.6:5Moreover he hath not seen the sun, nor known any thing: this hath more rest than the other.6:6Yea, though he live a thousand years twice told, yet hath he seen no good: do not all go to one place?6:7All the labour of man is for his mouth, and yet the appetite is not filled.6:8For what hath the wise more than the fool? what hath the poor, that knoweth to walk before the living?6:9Better is the sight of the eyes than the wandering of the desire: this is also vanity and vexation of spirit.6:10That 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.6:11Seeing there be many things that increase vanity, what is man the better?6:12For 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?


Study Journal Questions
  1. What does striving for all the things of this world produce?
  2. What is worse than being a stillborn child according to Ecclesiastes?
  3. What is the result of taking your portion and accepting your lot in life?
  4. Why isn’t happiness connected to wealth?
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