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Or, if a man fathers 100 children and lives many years, so that the days of his years are many, but his soul is not satisfied with good things, and moreover he has no burial, I say that a stillborn child is better than he; Bible

“his soul.” “His soul,” in this context the word “soul” refers more to the depths of the person, what is in his heart. This person, for reasons unstated in the text, is not satisfied with what he has.

“good things.” Here, the adjective “good” is used as a substantive, “good things.”

“no burial.” In the biblical world this would almost be inexplicable since it was a major responsibility for children to bury their parents (cp. Gen. 50:5; Matt. 8:21). No one could conceivably have 100 children but not be properly buried unless they made themselves so repulsive that they were rejected by literally everyone. A burial showed that a person was honored and respected, and in the Bible people were left unburied as a sign of disrespect and contempt, and their dead bodies were usually eaten by animals and birds (cp. 2 Sam. l7:44; Isa. 5:25; Jer. 7:33; Rev. 19:21).


Commentary for: Ecclesiastes 6:3