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23 For (A)all his days are full of sorrow, and his (B)work is a vexation. Even in the night his heart does not rest. This also is vanity.

24 (C)There is nothing better for a person than that he should (D)eat and drink and find enjoyment[a] in his toil. This also, I saw, is (E)from the hand of God, 25 for apart from him[b] who can eat or who can have enjoyment?

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  1. Ecclesiastes 2:24 Or and make his soul see good
  2. Ecclesiastes 2:25 Some Hebrew manuscripts, Septuagint, Syriac; most Hebrew manuscripts apart from me

23 All their days their work is grief and pain;(A) even at night their minds do not rest.(B) This too is meaningless.

24 A person can do nothing better than to eat and drink(C) and find satisfaction in their own toil.(D) This too, I see, is from the hand of God,(E) 25 for without him, who can eat or find enjoyment?(F)

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