“‘All the toil of man is for the mouth.
Yet the appetite is not satisfied.’
What advantage has the wise ones
Over the fools?
What do the poor have?
They know how to conduct themselves
Before the living.
Better is the sight of the eyes
Than the wandering of desire.
This also is vanity.
This is chasing after wind.”
Qoheleth believes that the reason that people work is so that they can have something to eat. However, the problem is that the appetite for food is never satisfied. What advantage does the wise person have over the foolish person? In fact, the poor people know how to conduct themselves. Then Qoheleth warns against wandering desires. After all, remember that this is all vanity and chasing after the wind that cannot be caught.