1 On this earth, there is something else that is not fair. 2 God may give to you all the things that you want. He may give riches to you. And he may give to you money to spend. He may give to you a house to live in. But he may not let you enjoy those things. Somebody that you do not even know may get them all. That is not fair and it will confuse you a lot. 3 You may live for a long time and you may have many children. But you may not enjoy your life. When you die, people may not bury you properly. A child that is dead at its birth does not have a good life. But your life is worse than that. 4 A child like that will never live to see the sun. 5 It will not even have a name. It will leave this earth and it will go to a dark place. But that child will have more peace than you do. 6 You may live for a very long time, but you may not enjoy your life. We all go to the same place after we die. This is what will happen. Remember that.
7 We work so that we will have food.
But we never have enough food.
8 Our lives have not been more happy because we have been wise.
A fool would be as happy as we have been.
We may try to live in the right way.
But that does not make us happier if we are still poor.
9 It is not good always to want more things.
We should enjoy the things that we have. That is better.
Somebody who wants more things all the time is silly.
He is like somebody who tries to catch the wind.
10 God decided a long time ago what we should be like.
We cannot argue with God about that. He is very much stronger than we are.
11 If we talk too much, we will say silly things.
It is better not to talk a lot.
12 We live for only a few years and our lives mean nothing. Our lives are like shadows that pass over the earth. We do not know the best way to live. We do not know what will happen after our death.
6:12When the Teacher speaks, he is very honest. Some people will be poor and their lives will be difficult. And it will not be possible for them to change things. So we should enjoy the things that we have. This is what God has given to us.