1 Est et aliud malum, quod vidi sub sole, et quidem grave apud homines:
2 vir, cui dedit Deus divitias et substantiam et honorem, et nihil deest animae suae ex omnibus, quae desiderat; nec tribuit ei potestatem Deus, ut comedat ex eo, sed homo extraneus vorabit illud: hoc vanitas et miseria mala est.
3 Si genuerit quispiam centum liberos et vixerit multos annos et plures dies aetatis habuerit, et anima illius non sit satiata bonis substantiae suae, immo et sepultura careat, de hoc ego pronuntio quod melior illo sit abortivus.
4 Frustra enim venit et pergit ad tenebras, et in tenebris abscondetur nomen eius.
5 Etsi non vidit solem neque cognovit, maior est requies isti quam illi.
6 Etiamsi duobus milibus annis vixerit et non fuerit perfruitus bonis, nonne ad unum locum properant omnes?
7 "Omnis labor hominis est ad os eius, sed anima eius non implebitur".
8 Quid habet amplius sapiens prae stulto? Et quid pauper, qui sciat ambulare coram vivis?
9 "Melior est oculorum visio quam vana persequi desideria"; sed et hoc vanitas est et afflictio spiritus.
10 Quidquid est, iam vocatum est nomen eius; et scitur quod homo sit et non possit contra fortiorem se in iudicio contendere.
11 Ubi verba sunt plurima, multiplicant vanitatem; quid lucri habet homo?
12 Quoniam quis scit quid homini bonum sit in vita, in paucis diebus vanitatis suae, quos peragit velut umbra? Aut quis ei poterit indicare quid post eum futurum sub sole sit?
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 disease.
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?