New Living Translation
I came to hate all my hard work here on earth, for I must leave to others everything I have earned.
King James Bible
Yea, I hated all my labour which I had taken under the sun: because I should leave it unto the man that shall be after me.
Darby Bible Translation
And I hated all my labour wherewith I had been toiling under the sun, because I should leave it unto the man that shall be after me.
World English Bible
I hated all my labor in which I labored under the sun, because I must leave it to the man who comes after me.
Young's Literal Translation
And I have hated all my labour that I labour at under the sun, because I leave it to a man who is after me.
Ecclesiastes 2:18 Parallel
CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
2:18 All my labour - All these riches and buildings, and other fruits of my labour, were aggravations of my misery. Because - Because I must, and that everlastingly, leave them all behind me.
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We are merely moving shadows, and all our busy rushing ends in nothing. We heap up wealth, not knowing who will spend it.
Those who are wise must finally die, just like the foolish and senseless, leaving all their wealth behind.
What do people get for all their hard work under the sun?
But as I looked at everything I had worked so hard to accomplish, it was all so meaningless--like chasing the wind. There was nothing really worthwhile anywhere.
Some people work wisely with knowledge and skill, then must leave the fruit of their efforts to someone who hasn't worked for it. This, too, is meaningless, a great tragedy.
So I saw that there is nothing better for people than to be happy in their work. That is why we are here! No one will bring us back from death to enjoy life after we die.
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