Day 22: Ecclesiastes 5:13-17

“There is a severe evil which I have seen under the sun: riches kept for their owner to his hurt. But those riches perish through misfortune…and he shall take nothing from his labor which he may carry away in his hand. And this also is a sever evil- just exactly as he came, so shall he go.”

It sounds like Solomon is singing the same song with modified lyrics and a different tune. Once more he is distraught over those who work much and receive much but in the end find it worthless. They were born with nothing and they will die with nothing.

Verse 15 reminds me of Job’s contented lament: “As he came from his mother’s womb, naked shall he return, to go as he came.” But in contrast to Job,

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