Ecclesiastes 2:17-26 - Is There Real Happiness In Life?

17 And I hated life, for evil to me the work done under the sun: for all vanity and striving of the spirit

18 And I hated all my labor I laboring under the sun: leaving it to the man who shall come after me. 19 And who shall know whether he shall be wise or foolish? And he shall have dominion over all my labor which I labored, and was wise under the sun. Also this is vanity. 20 And I turned about to let my heart despair for all the labor I labored under the sun. 21 For there is man his labor in wisdom, and in knowledge and in success; and to man not laboring in it he shall give his portion. Also this is vanity and much evil. 22 For what was to man in all his labor, and in the striving of his heart, he labored under the sun? 23 For all his days pains, and vexation, his labor; also in the night his heart rested not Also this it is vanity.

24 Not good in man he shall eat and drink and cause his soul to see good in his labor. Also this I saw that it is from the hand of God. 25 For who shall eat, and who shall hasten forth above me? 26 For to a man good before his face, he gave wisdom and knowledge and gladness: and to him sinning, he gave labor, to gather and to heap up, to give to the good one before the face of God. Also this is vanity and the striving of the spirit.