Surely man walks in darkness; surely they are disquieted in vain; they heap up riches not knowing who shall gather them.
For God gives to the man that is good in his sight wisdom and knowledge and joy, but to the sinner he gives travail, to gather and to heap up, that he may give to the one that is good before God. This also is vanity and vexation of spirit.
But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee; then whose shall those things be which thou hast stored up?
and those that use this world, as not using it as their own, for the fashion of this world passes away.
Though he heaps up silver as the dust and prepares raiment as the clay,
which are lost by evil pursuits and to the sons which he has begotten; there is nothing left in his hand.
and ye do not know what shall be tomorrow. For what is your life? Certainly it is a vapour that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.
For he sees that all the wise men die, likewise the fool and the ignorant perish and leave their wealth to others.
It is vain for you to rise up early, to come home late, to eat the bread of sorrows, because he shall give his beloved sleep.
A good man shall leave an inheritance to his children's children, and the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just.
Wilt thou set thine eyes upon riches which are not? For they shall certainly make themselves wings; they shall fly away as an eagle toward heaven.
I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and, behold, all is vanity and vexation of spirit.
I gathered unto myself also silver and gold and the peculiar treasure of kings and of the provinces; I obtained men singers and women singers and all the delights of the sons of men, musical instruments, and those of all sorts.
Therefore I hated life because every work that is wrought under the sun was grievous unto me; for all was vanity and vexation of spirit.
Then I returned, and I saw another vanity under the sun.
Certainly the many words multiply vanity, what more does man have?
The conclusion of the entire sermon is heard: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole happiness of man.
Why do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which does not satisfy? Hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness.
But Martha was cumbered about in much serving and came to him and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Bid her therefore that she help me.
And seek not what ye shall eat or what ye shall drink, neither be ye high minded.
Your gold and silver is corrupted with rust; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you and shall completely eat your flesh, as fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days.
For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withers, and its flower falls away,