Ecclesiastes 4:4–8

People Need Balance in Their Approach to Labor

I also realized that all of the toil and all of the skillful work that is done—it is envy between one man and another.b This also is vanity and chasing wind!

The fool refuses to work with his hands,

so he has nothing to eat except his own skin!c

Better is one handful with peace

than two fists full with toil and chasing wind.

Wealth without Someone with Which to Enjoy It is Futile

I turned again and saw another vanity under the sun. Sometimes a man is all alone with no companion; he also has neither son nor brother. Yet there is no end to all his toil, and his eye is not satisfied with wealth. He laments, “For whom am I toiling and depriving myselfd of pleasure?” This also is vanity—it is an unhappy business!

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