Ecclesiastes 6:2
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New International Version
God gives some people wealth, possessions and honor, so that they lack nothing their hearts desire, but God does not grant them the ability to enjoy them, and strangers enjoy them instead. This is meaningless, a grievous evil.


New American Standard Bible
a man to whom God has given riches and wealth and honor so that his soul lacks nothing of all that he desires; yet God has not empowered him to eat from them, for a foreigner enjoys them. This is vanity and a severe affliction.


King James Bible
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 disease.


Holman Christian Standard Bible
God gives a man riches, wealth, and honor so that he lacks nothing of all he desires for himself, but God does not allow him to enjoy them. Instead, a stranger will enjoy them. This is futile and a sickening tragedy.


International Standard Version
a man to whom God gives wealth, riches, and honor, so that he lacks none of his heart's desires—but God does not give him the capability to enjoy them. Instead, a stranger consumes them. This is pointless and a grievous affliction.


American Standard Version
a man to whom God giveth riches, wealth, and honor, so that he lacketh nothing for his soul of all that he desireth, yet God giveth him not power to eat thereof, but an alien eateth it; this is vanity, and it is an evil disease.


Douay-Rheims Bible
A man to whom God hath given riches, and substance, and honour, and his soul wanteth nothing of all that he desireth: yet God doth not give him power to eat thereof, but a stranger shall eat it up. This is vanity and a great misery.


Darby Bible Translation
one to whom God giveth riches, wealth, and honour, and 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 a sore evil.


Young's Literal Translation
A man to whom God giveth wealth, and riches, and honour, and there is no lack to his soul of all that he desireth, and God giveth him not power to eat of it, but a stranger eateth it; this is vanity, and it is an evil disease.
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Context
The Futility of Life

1There is an evil which I have seen under the sun, and it is common among men: 2A man to whom God has given riches, wealth, and honor, so that he wants nothing for his soul of all that he desires, yet God gives him not power to eat thereof, but a stranger eats it: this is vanity, and it is an evil disease. 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. 4For he comes in with vanity, and departs in darkness, and his name shall be covered with darkness. 5Moreover he has not seen the sun, nor known any thing: this has more rest than the other. 6Yes, though he live a thousand years twice told, yet has he seen no good: do not all go to one place? 7All the labor of man is for his mouth, and yet the appetite is not filled. 8For what has the wise more than the fool? what has the poor, that knows to walk before the living? 9Better is the sight of the eyes than the wandering of the desire: this is also vanity and vexation of spirit. 10That which has been is named already, and it is known that it is man: neither may he contend with him that is mightier than he. 11Seeing there be many things that increase vanity, what is man the better? 12For who knows what is good for man in this life, all the days of his vain life which he spends as a shadow? for who can tell a man what shall be after him under the sun?
Cross References
1 Kings 3:13
And I have also given you that which you have not asked, both riches, and honor: so that there shall not be any among the kings like to you all your days.


Psalm 17:14
From men which are your hand, O LORD, from men of the world, which have their portion in this life, and whose belly you fill with your hid treasure: they are full of children, and leave the rest of their substance to their babes.


Psalm 73:7
Their eyes stand out with fatness: they have more than heart could wish.


Ecclesiastes 2:10
And whatever my eyes desired I kept not from them, I withheld not my heart from any joy; for my heart rejoiced in all my labor: and this was my portion of all my labor.


Ecclesiastes 5:13
There is a sore evil which I have seen under the sun, namely, riches kept for the owners thereof to their hurt.


Ecclesiastes 5:19
Every man also to whom God has given riches and wealth, and has given him power to eat thereof, and to take his portion, and to rejoice in his labor; this is the gift of God.


Isaiah 55:2
Why do you spend money for that which is not bread? and your labor for that which satisfies not? listen diligently to me, and eat you that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness.


Treasury of Scripture

A man to whom God has given riches, wealth, and honor, so that he wants nothing for his soul of all that he desires, yet God gives him not power to eat thereof, but a stranger eats it: this is vanity, and it is an evil disease.

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Ecclesiastes 5:19 Every man also to whom God has given riches and wealth, and has given him power to eat thereof, and to take his portion...

1 Kings 3:13 And I have also given you that which you have not asked, both riches, and honor...

1 Chronicles 29:25,28 And the LORD magnified Solomon exceedingly in the sight of all Israel...

2 Chronicles 1:11 And God said to Solomon, Because this was in your heart, and you have not asked riches, wealth, or honor, nor the life of your enemies...

Daniel 5:18 O you king, the most high God gave Nebuchadnezzar your father a kingdom, and majesty, and glory, and honor:

Songs 2:4-10 He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me was love...

Deuteronomy 8:7-10 For the LORD your God brings you into a good land, a land of brooks of water...

Judges 18:10 When you go, you shall come to a people secure, and to a large land: for God has given it into your hands...

Job 21:9-15 Their houses are safe from fear, neither is the rod of God on them...

Psalm 17:14 From men which are your hand, O LORD, from men of the world, which have their portion in this life...

Psalm 73:7 Their eyes stand out with fatness: they have more than heart could wish.

Luke 12:19,20 And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have much goods laid up for many years; take your ease, eat, drink, and be merry...

yet

Deuteronomy 28:33,43 The fruit of your land, and all your labors, shall a nation which you know not eat up...

Psalm 39:6 Surely every man walks in a vain show: surely they are disquieted in vain: he heaps up riches, and knows not who shall gather them.

Lamentations 5:2 Our inheritance is turned to strangers, our houses to aliens.

Hosea 7:9 Strangers have devoured his strength, and he knows it not: yes, gray hairs are here and there on him, yet he knows not.

vanity

Ecclesiastes 4:4,8 Again, I considered all travail, and every right work, that for this a man is envied of his neighbor...

Ecclesiastes 5:16 And this also is a sore evil, that in all points as he came, so shall he go: and what profit has he that has labored for the wind?

Strong's Concordance
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 disease.
Topical Bible
Affliction Alien Desires Desireth Disease Eat Eateth Eats Empowered Enable Enjoy Enjoys Evil Foreigner Gives Giveth Grievous Heart Honor Honour Instead Joy Lack Lacketh Lacks Meaningless Money Nothing Possessions Power Purpose Riches Severe Sore Soul Strange Stranger Takes Thereof Vanity Wanteth Wealth Yet
Resources
Ecclesiastes Chapter 6 Verse 2

Alphabetical: a affliction all and but desires does eat empowered enable enjoy enjoys evil for foreigner from given gives God grievous has he heart him his honor instead is lacks man meaningless not nothing of possessions riches severe so soul stranger that them This to vanity wealth whom yet

OT Poetry: Ecclesiastes 6:2 A man to whom God gives riches (Ecclesiast. Ec Ecc Eccles.)
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