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Ecclesiastes 6 from Scroll 4Q103 Qoheleta (Ecclesiastes)
1 There is an evil which I have seen under the sun, and it is heavy on men:
3 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 filled with good, and moreover he has no burial; I say, that a stillborn child is better than he: 4 for it comes in vanity, and departs in darkness, and its name is covered with darkness. 5 Moreover it has not seen the sun nor known it. This has rest rather than the other. 6 Yes, though he live a thousand years twice told, and yet fails to enjoy good, dont all go to one place? 7 All the labor of man is for his mouth, and yet the appetite is not filled. 8 For what advantage has the wise more than the fool? What has the poor man, that knows how to walk before the living?
12 For who knows what is
good for man in life, all the days of his vain life which he spends
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