King James Version
1 There is an evil which I have seen under the sun, and it
is common among men:
2 A 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
3 If 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.
4 For he cometh in with vanity, and departeth in darkness,
and his name shall be covered with darkness.
5 Moreover he hath not seen the sun, nor known any thing:
this hath more rest than the other.
6 Yea, though he live a thousand years twice told, yet hath
he seen no good: do not all go to one place?
7 All the labour of man is for his mouth, and yet the
appetite is not filled.
8 For what hath the wise more than the fool? what hath the
poor, that knoweth to walk before the living?
9 Better is the sight of the eyes than the wandering of the
desire: this is also vanity and vexation of spirit.
10 That 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.
11 Seeing there be many things that increase vanity, what is
man the better?
12 For 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?1
References and notes
1. King James Authorized Version
John Gill's Exposition of the Bible - http://eword.gospelcom.net/comments/ecclesiastes/gill/ecclesiastes6.htm