NIV 1984 Bible (PDF)

Ecclesiastes 1:2-3,14

2"Meaningless! Meaningless!" says the Teacher. "Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless."

3What does man gain from all his labor at which he toils under the sun?

14I have seen all the things that are done under the sun; all of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind.

 

Ecclesiastes 2:21-26 (NIV)

21For a man may do his work with wisdom, knowledge and skill, and then he must leave all he owns to someone who has not worked for it. This too is meaningless and a great misfortune.

22What does a man get for all the toil and anxious striving with which he labors under the sun?

23All his days his work is pain and grief; even at night his mind does not rest. This too is meaningless.

24A man can do nothing better than to eat and drink and find satisfaction in his work. This too, I see, is from the hand of God,

25for without him, who can eat or find enjoyment?

26To the man who pleases him, God gives wisdom, knowledge and happiness, but to the sinner he gives the task of gathering and storing up wealth to hand it over to the one who pleases God. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind.