The Enfolded Book of Ecclesiastes

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Chapter 1 | Chapter 2 | Chapter 3 | Chapter 4 | Chapter 5 | Chapter 6 | Chapter 7 | Chapter 8 | Chapter 9 | Chapter 10 | Chapter 11 | Chapter 12

Chapter 1

1.1 The words of Ecclesiastes, the Preacher, the son of David, king of in Jerusalem.

1.2 Vanity of vanities, said Ecclesiastes: saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities, and vanities; all is vanity.

1.3 What profit hath a man more of all his labour, that labour which he taketh under the sun?

1.4 One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh: but the earth standeth abideth for ever.

1.5 The sun riseth, also ariseth, and the sun goeth down, and returneth hasteth to his place: and there rising again, place where he arose.

1.6 Maketh his round by The wind goeth toward the south, and turneth again to the north: about unto the spirit goeth forward surveying all places round about, north; it whirleth about continually, and the wind returneth again according to his circuits.

1.7 All the rivers run into the sea, sea; yet the sea doth is not overflow: full; unto the place from whence the rivers come, thither they return, to flow return again.

1.8 All things are hard: full of labour; man cannot explain them by word. The utter it: the eye is not filled satisfied with seeing, neither is nor the ear filled with hearing.

1.9 What is it The thing that hath been? the same thing been, it is that which shall be. What is it be; and that hath been done? the same which is done is that which shall be done. done: and there is no new thing under the sun.

1.10 Nothing under the sun is new, neither is Is there any man able to say: Behold thing whereof it may be said, See, this is new: for new? it hath been already gone before in the ages that were of old time, which was before us.

1.11 There is no remembrance of former things: nor indeed of those things which hereafter are to come, things; neither shall there be any remembrance of things that are to come with them those that shall be in the latter end. come after.

1.12 I Ecclesiastes the Preacher was king over Israel in Jerusalem, Jerusalem.

1.13 And I proposed in gave my mind heart to seek and search out wisely by wisdom concerning all things that are done under the sun. This painful occupation heaven: this sore travail hath God given to the children sons of men, man to be exercised therein. therewith.

1.14 I have seen all things the works that are done under the sun, and behold sun; and, behold, all is vanity, vanity and vexation of spirit.

1.15 The perverse are hard to That which is crooked cannot be corrected, made straight: and the number of fools that which is infinite. wanting cannot be numbered.

1.16 I have spoken in my communed with mine own heart, saying: Behold saying, Lo, I am become great, come to great estate, and have gone beyond gotten more wisdom than all in wisdom, they that were have been before me in Jerusalem: and yea, my mind hath contemplated many things wisely, heart had great experience of wisdom and I have learned. knowledge.

1.17 And I have given gave my heart to know prudence, and learning, wisdom, and errors, to know madness and folly: and I have perceived that in these this also there was labour, and is vexation of spirit, spirit.

1.18 Because For in much wisdom there is much indignation: grief: and he that addeth knowledge, addeth also labour. increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow.

Chapter 2

2.1 I said in my heart: mine heart, Go to now, I will go, and abound prove thee with delights, and mirth, therefore enjoy good things. And I saw that pleasure: and, behold, this also was is vanity.

2.2 Laughter I counted error: said of laughter, It is mad: and to mirth I said: Why art thou vainly deceived? of mirth, What doeth it?

2.3 I thought sought in my heart, mine heart to withdraw my flesh from give myself unto wine, that I might turn my mind to wisdom, yet acquainting mine heart with wisdom; and might avoid to lay hold on folly, till I might see what was profitable that good for the children sons of men: and what men, which they ought to should do under the sun, heaven all the days of their life.

2.4 I made me great works, works; I built builded me houses, and houses; I planted vineyards, me vineyards:

2.5 I made gardens, me gardens and orchards, and set them with I planted trees in them of all kinds, kind of fruits:

2.6 And I made me ponds pools of water, to water therewith the wood of the young trees, that bringeth forth trees:

2.7 I got me menservants, servants and maidservants, maidens, and had a servants born in my house; also I had great family: and herds possessions of oxen, and great flocks of sheep, and small cattle above all that were before me in Jerusalem: Jerusalem before me:

2.8 I heaped together for myself gathered me also silver and gold, and the wealth peculiar treasure of kings, kings and of the provinces: I made gat me singing men, men singers and singing women, women singers, and the delights of the sons of men, cups as musical instruments, and vessels to serve to pour out wine: that of all sorts.

2.9 And So I surpassed in riches was great, and increased more than all that were before me in Jerusalem: also my wisdom also remained with me.

2.10 And whatsoever my mine eyes desired, desired I refused them not: and kept not from them, I withheld not my heart from enjoying every pleasure, and delighting itself any joy; for my heart rejoiced in the things which I had prepared: all my labour: and esteemed this was my portion, to make use portion of all my own labour.

2.11 And when Then I turned myself to looked on all the works which that my hands had wrought, and to on the labours wherein labour that I had laboured in vain, I saw in to do: and, behold, all things vanity, was vanity and vexation of mind, spirit, and that nothing there was lasting no profit under the sun.

2.12 And I passed further turned myself to behold wisdom, and errors madness, and folly, (What is man, said I that he folly: for what can follow the King his maker?) man do that cometh after the king? even that which hath been already done.

2.13 And Then I saw that wisdom excelled excelleth folly, as much far as light differeth from excelleth darkness.

2.14 The eyes of a wise man man's eyes are in his head: head; but the fool walketh in darkness: and I learned myself perceived also that they were one event happeneth to die both alike. them all.

2.15 And I Then said I in my heart: If the death of heart, As it happeneth to the fool and mine shall be one, what doth fool, so it avail me, that happeneth even to me; and why was I have applied myself then more to the study of wisdom? And speaking with my own mind, wise? Then I perceived said in my heart, that this also was is vanity.

2.16 For there shall be is no remembrance of the wise no more than of the fool forever, and for ever; seeing that which now is in the times days to come shall cover all things together with oblivion: the learned be forgotten. And how dieth in like manner the wise man? as the unlearned. fool.

2.17 And therefore I was weary of my life, when Therefore I saw hated life; because the work that all things is wrought under the sun are evil, and is grievous unto me: for all is vanity and vexation of spirit.

2.18 Again Yea, I hated all my application wherewith labour which I had earnestly laboured taken under the sun, being like to have an heir sun: because I should leave it unto the man that shall be after me, me.

2.19 Whom I know not And who knoweth whether he will shall be a wise man or a fool, and he fool? yet shall he have rule over all my labours with which labour wherein I have laboured and been solicitous: laboured, and wherein I have shewed myself wise under the sun. This is there anything so vain? also vanity.

2.20 Wherefore Therefore I left off and went about to cause my heart renounced labouring anymore to despair of all the labour which I took under the sun.

2.21 For when there is a man laboureth whose labour is in wisdom, and in knowledge, and carefulness, he leaveth what he hath gotten in equity; yet to an idle man: so this a man that hath not laboured therein shall he leave it for his portion. This also is vanity, vanity and a great evil.

2.22 For what profit shall a hath man have of all his labour, and of the vexation of spirit, with which his heart, wherein he hath been tormented laboured under the sun?

2.23 All For all his days are full of sorrows sorrows, and miseries, even in the night he doth his travail grief; yea, his heart taketh not rest in mind: and the night. This is not this vanity? also vanity.

2.24 Is it not There is nothing better to for a man, than that he should eat and drink, and to shew that he should make his soul enjoy good things of in his labours? and this is labour. This also I saw, that it was from the hand of God.

2.25 Who shall so feast and abound with delights as For who can eat, or who else can hasten hereunto, more than I?

2.26 For God hath given giveth to a man that is good in his sight, sight wisdom, and knowledge, and joy: but to the sinner he hath given vexation, and superfluous care, to heap up and giveth travail, to gather together, and to heap up, that he may give it to him that hath pleased God: but this is good before God. This also is vanity, vanity and a fruitless solicitude vexation of the mind. spirit.

Chapter 3

3.1 All things have their To every thing there is a season, and in their times all things pass a time to every purpose under heaven. the heaven:

3.2 A time to be born born, and a time to die. A die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted. planted;

3.3 A time to kill, and a time to heal. A heal; a time to destroy, break down, and a time to build. build up;

3.4 A time to weep, and a time to laugh. A laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance. dance;

3.5 A time to scatter cast away stones, and a time to gather. A gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to be far refrain from embraces. embracing;

3.6 A time to get, and a time to lose. A lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away. away;

3.7 A time to rend, and a time to sew. A sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak. speak;

3.8 A time of to love, and a time of hatred. A to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

3.9 What profit hath man more of his labour? he that worketh in that wherein he laboureth?

3.10 I have seen the trouble, travail, which God hath given to the sons of men to be exercised in it.

3.11 He hath made all things good every thing beautiful in their time, and his time: also he hath delivered set the world to in their consideration, heart, so that no man cannot can find out the work which that God hath made maketh from the beginning to the end.

3.12 And I have known know that there was is no better thing than good in them, but for a man to rejoice, and to do well good in this his life.

3.13 For And also that every man that eateth should eat and drinketh, drink, and seeth enjoy the good of all his labour, this it is the gift of God.

3.14 I have learned that all the works which know that, whatsoever God hath made, continue doeth, it shall be for ever: we cannot add any thing, nothing can be put to it, nor take away any thing taken from those things which it: and God hath made doeth it, that he may be feared. men should fear before him.

3.15 That which hath been made, the same continueth: the things is now; and that shall be, have which is to be hath already been: been; and God restoreth requireth that which is past.

3.16 And moreover I saw under the sun in the place of judgment wickedness, judgment, that wickedness was there; and in the place of justice iniquity. righteousness, that iniquity was there.

3.17 And I said in my heart: mine heart, God shall judge both the just and the wicked, righteous and then shall be the wicked: for there is a time of there for every thing. purpose and for every work.

3.18 I said in my mine heart concerning the estate of the sons of men, that God would prove might manifest them, and shew them to be like that they might see that they themselves are beasts.

3.19 Therefore the death of man, and of beasts is one, and For that which befalleth the condition sons of them both is equal: men befalleth beasts; even one thing befalleth them: as man the one dieth, so dieth the other; yea, they also die: have all things breathe alike, and one breath; so that a man hath nothing more than no preeminence above a beast: for all things are subject to is vanity.

3.20 And all things All go to unto one place: place; all are of earth they were made, the dust, and into earth they return together. all turn to dust again.

3.21 Who knoweth if the spirit of the children of Adam ascend man that goeth upward, and if the spirit of the beasts descend downward? beast that goeth downward to the earth?

3.22 And Wherefore I have found perceive that nothing there is better nothing better, than for that a man to should rejoice in his work, and own works; for that this is his portion. For portion: for who shall bring him to know the things that see what shall be after him?

Chapter 4

4.1 So I turned myself to other things, returned, and I saw considered all the oppressions that are done under the sun, sun: and behold the tears of the innocent, such as were oppressed, and they had no comforter; and they were not able to resist their violence, being destitute on the side of help from any. their oppressors there was power; but they had no comforter.

4.2 And Wherefore I praised the dead rather which are already dead more than the living: living which are yet alive.

4.3 And I judged him happier than them both, that Yea, better is he than both they, which hath not yet born, nor been, who hath not seen the evils evil work that are is done under the sun.

4.4 Again Again, I considered all the labours of men, travail, and I remarked every right work, that their industries are exposed to the envy of their neighbour: so in for this also there a man is vanity, envied of his neighbour. This is also vanity and fruitless care. vexation of spirit.

4.5 The fool foldeth his hands together, and eateth his own flesh, saying: flesh.

4.6 Better is a an handful with rest, quietness, than both the hands full with labour, travail and vexation of mind. spirit.

4.7 Considering Then I found also another returned, and I saw vanity under the sun: sun.

4.8 There is but one, one alone, and he hath there is not a second, no child, no brother, and yet second; yea, he ceaseth not to labour, hath neither are child nor brother: yet is there no end of all his eyes labour; neither is his eye satisfied with riches, riches; neither doth he reflect, saying: saith he, For whom do I labour, and defraud bereave my soul of good things? in this also good? This is also vanity, and yea, it is a grievous vexation. sore travail.

4.9 It is Two are better therefore that two should be together, than one: for one; because they have the advantage of a good reward for their society: labour.

4.10 If one fall he shall be supported by For if they fall, the other: one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone, for alone when he falleth, falleth; for he hath none not another to lift help him up.

4.11 And Again, if two lie together, then they shall warm one another: have heat: but how shall can one alone be warmed? warm alone?

4.12 And if a man one prevail against one, him, two shall withstand him: him; and a threefold cord is not easily quickly broken.

4.13 Better is a child that is poor and wise, than a king that is wise child than an old and foolish, foolish king, who knoweth not to foresee for hereafter. will no more be admonished.

4.14 Because For out of prison and chains sometimes a man he cometh forth to a kingdom: and another born king reign; whereas also he that is consumed with poverty. born in his kingdom becometh poor.

4.15 I saw considered all men living, that the living which walk under the sun sun, with the second young man, who child that shall rise stand up in his place. stead.

4.16 The number There is no end of all the people, even of all that were have been before him is infinite: and them: they also that shall come afterwards, after shall not rejoice in him: but him. Surely this also is vanity, vanity and vexation of spirit.

Chapter 5

5.1 Keep thy foot, foot when thou goest into to the house of God, and draw nigh be more ready to hear. For much better is obedience, hear, than to give the victims sacrifice of fools, who know fools: for they consider not what evil that they do. do evil.

5.2 Speak Be not any thing rashly, rash with thy mouth, and let not thy thine heart be hasty to utter a word any thing before God. For God: for God is in heaven, and thou upon earth: therefore let thy words be few.

5.3 Dreams follow many cares: For a dream cometh through the multitude of business; and in many words shall be found folly. a fool's voice is known by multitude of words.

5.4 If When thou hast vowed any thing to vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay it: it; for an unfaithful and foolish promise displeaseth him: but whatsoever he hath no pleasure in fools: pay that which thou hast vowed, pay it. vowed.

5.5 And it Better is much better it that thou shouldest not to vow, than after a that thou shouldest vow and not to perform the things promised. pay.

5.6 Give Suffer not thy mouth to cause thy flesh to sin: and sin; neither say not thou before the angel: There is no providence: lest angel, that it was an error: wherefore should God be angry at thy words, voice, and destroy all the works work of thy hands. thine hands?

5.7 Where there are For in the multitude of dreams and many dreams, words there are many vanities, and words without number: also divers vanities: but do thou fear thou God.

5.8 If thou shalt see seest the oppressions oppression of the poor, and violent judgments, perverting of judgment and justice perverted in the a province, wonder marvel not at this the matter: for he that is high hath another higher, higher than the highest regardeth; and there are others still be higher than these: they.

5.9 Moreover there the profit of the earth is for all: the king that reigneth over all himself is served by the land subject to him. field.

5.10 A covetous man He that loveth silver shall not be satisfied with money: and silver; nor he that loveth riches shall reap no fruit from them: so abundance with increase: this also is also vanity.

5.11 Where there are great riches, there When goods increase, they are also many to increased that eat them. And them: and what doth it profit good is there to the owner, but that he seeth owners thereof, saving the riches beholding of them with his their eyes?

5.12 Sleep is sweet to The sleep of a labouring man, man is sweet, whether he eat little or much: but the fulness abundance of the rich will not suffer him to sleep.

5.13 There is also another grievous evil, a sore evil which I have seen under the sun: sun, namely, riches kept to the hurt of for the owner. owners thereof to their hurt.

5.14 For they are lost with very great affliction: But those riches perish by evil travail: and he hath begotten begetteth a son, who shall be and there is nothing in extremity of want. his hand.

5.15 As he came forth naked from of his mother's womb, so naked shall he return, return to go as he came, and shall take nothing away with him of his labour. labour, which he may carry away in his hand.

5.16 A most deplorable evil: And this also is a sore evil, that in all points as he came, so shall he return. What then doth it go: and what profit him that hath he that hath laboured for the wind?

5.17 All the days of his life days also he eateth in darkness, and in many cares, and in misery, he hath much sorrow and sorrow. wrath with his sickness.

5.18 This therefore hath seemed Behold that which I have seen: it is good and comely for one to me, that a man should eat and to drink, and to enjoy the fruit good of all his labour, wherewith labour that he hath laboured taketh under the sun, sun all the days of his life, which God hath given giveth him: and this for it is his portion.

5.19 And every Every man also to whom God hath given riches, riches and substance, wealth, and hath given him power to eat thereof, and to enjoy take his portion, and to rejoice of in his labour: labour; this is the gift of God.

5.20 For he shall not much remember the days of his life, life; because God entertaineth answereth him in the joy of his heart with delight. heart.

Chapter 6

6.1 There is also another evil, an evil which I have seen under the sun, and that frequent it is common among men:

6.2 A man to whom God hath given riches, and substance, wealth, and honour, and his soul so that he wanteth nothing for his soul of all that he desireth: desireth, yet God doth not give giveth him not power to eat thereof, but a stranger shall eat it up. This eateth it: this is vanity vanity, and a great misery. it is an evil disease.

6.3 If a man beget a an hundred children, and live many years, and attain to a great age, and his soul make no use of so that the goods days of his substance, years be many, and he his soul be without burial: of this man not filled with good, and also that he have no burial; I pronounce, say, that the an untimely born birth is better than he.

6.4 For he came cometh in vain, with vanity, and goeth to departeth in darkness, and his name shall be wholly forgotten. covered with darkness.

6.5 He Moreover he hath not seen the sun, nor known any thing: this hath more rest than the distance of good and evil: other.

6.6 Although Yea, though he lived two live a thousand years, and years twice told, yet hath not enjoyed good things: he seen no good: do not all make haste go to one place?

6.7 All the labour of man is for his mouth, but his soul shall and yet the appetite is not be filled.

6.8 What For what hath the wise man more than the fool? and what hath the poor man, but poor, that knoweth to go thither, where there is life? walk before the living?

6.9 Better it is to see what thou mayst desire, the sight of the eyes than to desire that which thou canst not know. But the wandering of the desire: this also is vanity, also vanity and presumption vexation of spirit.

6.10 He that shall be, his name That which hath been is already called: named already, and it is known, known that he it is a man, and cannot man: neither may he contend in judgment with him that is stronger mightier than himself. he.

6.11 There are Seeing there be many words things that have much vanity in disputing. increase vanity, what is man the better?

6.12 What needeth a man to seek things that are above him, whereas he For who knoweth not what is profitable good for him man in his this life, in all the days of his pilgrimage, and the time that passeth like vain life which he spendeth as a shadow? Or for who can tell him a man what shall be after him under the sun?

Chapter 7

7.1 A good name is better than precious ointments: ointment; and the day of death than the day of one's birth.

7.2 It is better to go to the house of mourning, than to go to the house of feasting: for in that we are put in mind of is the end of all, all men; and the living thinketh what is will lay it to come. his heart.

7.3 Anger Sorrow is better than laughter: because for by the sadness of the countenance the mind of the offender heart is corrected. made better.

7.4 The heart of the wise is where there is mourning, and in the house of mourning; but the heart of fools where there is in the house of mirth.

7.5 It is better to be rebuked by a wise man, hear the rebuke of the wise, than for a man to be deceived by hear the flattery song of fools.

7.6 For as the crackling of thorns burning under a pot, so is the laughter of a the fool: now this also is vanity.

7.7 Oppression troubleth the wise, Surely oppression maketh a wise man mad; and shall destroy a gift destroyeth the strength of his heart.

7.8 Better is the end of a speech thing than the beginning. Better is beginning thereof: and the patient man in spirit is better than the presumptuous. proud in spirit.

7.9 Be not quickly hasty in thy spirit to be angry: for anger resteth in the bosom of a fool. fools.

7.10 Say not: not thou, What thinkest thou is the cause that the former times days were better than they are now? these? for this manner of question is foolish. thou dost not enquire wisely concerning this.

7.11 Wisdom with riches is more profitable, good with an inheritance: and bringeth more advantage by it there is profit to them that see the sun.

7.12 For as wisdom is a defence, so and money is a defence: but learning and wisdom excel in this, the excellency of knowledge is, that they give wisdom giveth life to him them that possesseth them. have it.

7.13 Consider the works work of God, that no man God: for who can correct whom make that straight, which he hath despised. made crooked?

7.14 In the good day enjoy good things, and beware beforehand of prosperity be joyful, but in the evil day: for day of adversity consider: God also hath made both set the one and over against the other, to the end that man may not should find against him any just complaint. nothing after him.

7.15 These All things also have I saw seen in the days of my vanity: A there is a just man that perisheth in his justice, righteousness, and there is a wicked man liveth a long time that prolongeth his life in his wickedness.

7.16 Be not righteous over just: and be not more wise than is necessary, lest much; neither make thyself over wise: why shouldest thou become stupid. destroy thyself ?

7.17 Be not overmuch wicked: and over much wicked, neither be not foolish, lest thou foolish: why shouldest thou die before thy time. time?

7.18 It is good that thou shouldst shouldest take hold up the just, yea and of this; yea, also from him this withdraw not thy thine hand: for he that feareth God, neglecteth nothing. God shall come forth of them all.

7.19 Wisdom hath strengthened strengtheneth the wise more than ten princes of mighty men which are in the city.

7.20 For there is no not a just man upon earth, that doth doeth good, and sinneth not.

7.21 But do not apply thy heart to Also take no heed unto all words that are spoken: spoken; lest perhaps thou hear thy servant reviling thee. curse thee:

7.22 For thy conscience oftentimes also thine own heart knoweth that thou also thyself likewise hast often spoken evil of cursed others.

7.23 I All this have tried all things in wisdom. I have said: proved by wisdom: I said, I will be wise: and wise; but it departed farther was far from me, me.

7.24 Much more than it was: it That which is a great depth, far off, and exceeding deep, who shall can find it out?

7.25 I have surveyed all things with my mind, applied mine heart to know, and consider, to search, and to seek out wisdom wisdom, and reason: the reason of things, and to know the wickedness of the fool, and the error folly, even of the imprudent: foolishness and madness:

7.26 And I have found a woman find more bitter than death, who is death the hunter's snare, and her woman, whose heart is a net, snares and nets, and her hands are bands. He that as bands: whoso pleaseth God shall escape from her: her; but he that is a sinner, the sinner shall be caught taken by her.

7.27 Lo Behold, this have I found, said Ecclesiastes, weighing saith the preacher, counting one thing after another, that I might by one, to find out the account, account:

7.28 Which yet my soul seeketh, and but I have not found it. One find not: one man among a thousand I have found, I found; but a woman among them all I those have I not found.

7.29 Only Lo, this I only have I found, that God hath made man right, and he hath entangled himself with an infinity of questions. upright; but they have sought out many inventions.

Chapter 8

8.1 Who is as the wise man? and who hath known the resolution of knoweth the word? The wisdom interpretation of a man shineth in thing? a man's wisdom maketh his countenance, face to shine, and the most mighty will change boldness of his face. face shall be changed.

8.2 I observe the mouth of counsel thee to keep the king, king's commandment, and the commandments that in regard of the oath of God.

8.3 Be not hasty to depart from go out of his face, and do sight: stand not continue in an evil work: thing; for he will do all that doeth whatsoever pleaseth him: him.

8.4 And his Where the word is full of a king is, there is power: neither can any man and who may say to him: Why dost thou so? unto him, What doest thou?

8.5 He that Whoso keepeth the commandment, commandment shall find feel no evil. The heart of evil thing: and a wiser man understandeth wise man's heart discerneth both time and answer. judgment.

8.6 There Because to every purpose there is a time and opportunity for every business, and judgment, therefore the misery of man is great affliction for man: upon him.

8.7 Because he is ignorant of things past, and things to come For he cannot know by any messenger. knoweth not that which shall be: for who can tell him when it shall be?

8.8 It There is not in man's no man that hath power over the spirit to stop retain the spirit, spirit; neither hath he power in the day of death, neither is he suffered to rest when war death: and there is at hand, no discharge in that war; neither shall wickedness save the wicked. deliver those that are given to it.

8.9 All these things I this have considered, I seen, and applied my heart to all the works unto every work that are is done under the sun. Sometimes sun: there is a time wherein one man ruleth over another to his own hurt.

8.10 And so I saw the wicked buried: buried, who also when they were yet living were in had come and gone from the holy place, place of the holy, and they were praised forgotten in the city as men of just works: but where they had so done: this also is also vanity.

8.11 For because Because sentence against an evil work is not speedily pronounced against executed speedily, therefore the evil, heart of the children sons of men commit evils without any fear. is fully set in them to do evil.

8.12 But though Though a sinner do evil a an hundred times, and by patience his days be borne withal, prolonged, yet surely I know from thence that it shall be well with them that fear God, who dread his face. which fear before him:

8.13 But let it shall not be well with the wicked, neither let shall he prolong his days be prolonged, but days, which are as a shadow let them pass away that fear shadow; because he feareth not the face of the Lord. before God.

8.14 There is also another vanity, a vanity which is done upon the earth. There are earth; that there be just men to men, unto whom evils happen, as though they had done it happeneth according to the works work of the wicked: and wicked; again, there are be wicked men, who are as secure as though they had to whom it happeneth according to the deeds work of the just: but righteous: I said that this also I judge most vain. is vanity.

8.15 Therefore Then I commended mirth, because there was no good for a man hath no better thing under the sun, but than to eat, and to drink, and to be merry, and merry: for that he should take nothing else shall abide with him of his labour in the days of his life, which God hath given giveth him under the sun.

8.16 And When I applied my mine heart to know wisdom, and to understand see the distraction business that is done upon the earth: for (for also there are some is that neither day and nor night take no seeth sleep with their eyes. his eyes:)

8.17 And Then I understood beheld all the work of God, that a man can cannot find no reason of all those works of God out the work that are is done under the sun: and the more he shall because though a man labour to seek, so much the less shall seek it out, yet he find: yea, shall not find it; yea farther; though the a wise man shall say, that he knoweth think to know it, he yet shall he not be able to find it.

Chapter 9

9.1 All these things have For all this I considered in my heart, heart even to declare all this, that I might carefully understand them: there are just men the righteous, and wise men, the wise, and their works works, are in the hand of God: and yet no man knoweth not whether he be worthy of love, either love or hatred: hatred by all that is before them.

9.2 But all All things are kept uncertain for the time come alike to come, because all things equally happen all: there is one event to the just righteous, and to the wicked, wicked; to the good and to the evil, to the clean clean, and to the unclean, unclean; to him that offereth victims, sacrificeth, and to him that despiseth sacrifices. As sacrificeth not: as is the good is, good, so also is the sinner: sinner; and he that sweareth, as the perjured, so he also that sweareth truth. feareth an oath.

9.3 This is a very great an evil among all things that are done under the sun, that the same things happen to all men: whereby there is one event unto all: yea, also the hearts heart of the children sons of men are filled with is full of evil, and with contempt madness is in their heart while they live, and afterwards after that they shall be brought down go to hell. the dead.

9.4 There is no man that liveth always, or For to him that hopeth is joined to all the living there is hope: for this: a living dog is better than a dead lion.

9.5 For the living know that they shall die, die: but the dead know nothing more, not any thing, neither have they a reward any more: more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten.

9.6 Their love also, Also their love, and their hatred, and their envy are all perished, envy, is now perished; neither have they any part in this world, and more a portion for ever in the work any thing that is done under the sun.

9.7 Go then, and thy way, eat thy bread with joy, and drink thy wine with gladness: because a merry heart; for God now accepteth thy works please God. works.

9.8 At all times let Let thy garments be white, always white; and let not oil depart from thy head. head lack no ointment.

9.9 Live joyfully with the wife whom thou lovest, lovest all the days of the life of thy unsteady life, vanity, which are he hath given to thee under the sun, all the time days of thy vanity: for this that is thy portion in this life, and in thy labour wherewith which thou labourest takest under the sun.

9.10 Whatsoever thy hand is able findeth to do, do it earnestly: with thy might; for neither there is no work, nor reason, device, nor wisdom, knowledge, nor knowledge shall be wisdom, in hell, the grave, whither thou art hastening. goest.

9.11 I turned me to another thing, returned, and I saw that under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, nor neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to the learned, men of understanding, nor yet favour to the skilful: men of skill; but time and chance in happeneth to them all.

9.12 Man For man also knoweth not his own end: but time: as the fishes that are taken with the hook, in an evil net, and as the birds that are caught with in the snare, snare; so men are taken in the sons of men snared in an evil time, when it shall falleth suddenly come upon them.

9.13 This wisdom also I have I seen also under the sun, and it seemed to me to be very great: great unto me:

9.14 A There was a little city, and few men in it: within it; and there came against it a great king, king against it, and invested besieged it, and built great bulwarks round about it, and the siege was perfect. against it:

9.15 Now there was found in it a man poor and wise, wise man, and he delivered the city by his wisdom, and wisdom delivered the city; yet no man afterward remembered that same poor man.

9.16 And I Then said that wisdom I, Wisdom is better than strength: how then is the wisdom of nevertheless the poor man slighted, man's wisdom is despised, and his words are not heard? heard.

9.17 The words of the wise men are heard in silence, quiet more than the cry of a prince him that ruleth among fools.

9.18 Better Wisdom is wisdom, better than weapons of war: and he that shall offend in one, shall lose many good things. but one sinner destroyeth much good.

Chapter 10

10.1 Dying Dead flies spoil cause the sweetness ointment of the ointment. Wisdom and glory is more precious than apothecary to send forth a small stinking savour: so doth a little folly him that is in reputation for wisdom and shortlived folly. honour.

10.2 The heart of a A wise man man's heart is in at his right hand, and the heart of hand; but a fool is in fool's heart at his left hand. left.

10.3 Yea, and the fool Yea also, when he that is a fool walketh in by the way, whereas his wisdom faileth him, and he himself saith to every one that he is a fool, esteemeth all men fools. fool.

10.4 If the spirit of him that hath power, ascend upon the ruler rise up against thee, leave not thy place: because care will make the greatest sins to cease. place; for yielding pacifieth great offences.

10.5 There is an evil that which I have seen under the sun, as it were by an error proceeding which proceedeth from the face of the prince: ruler:

10.6 A fool Folly is set in high great dignity, and the rich sitting beneath. sit in low place.

10.7 I have seen servants upon horses: horses, and princes walking on the ground as servants. servants upon the earth.

10.8 He that diggeth a pit, pit shall fall into it: it; and he that whoso breaketh a an hedge, a serpent shall bite him.

10.9 He that Whoso removeth stones, stones shall be hurt by them: therewith; and he that cutteth trees, cleaveth wood shall be wounded by them. endangered thereby.

10.10 If the iron be blunt, and be he do not as before, whet the edge, then must he put to more strength: but be made blunt, with much labour it shall be sharpened: and after industry shall follow wisdom. wisdom is profitable to direct.

10.11 If a Surely the serpent will bite in silence, he without enchantment; and a babbler is nothing better that backbiteth secretly. no better.

10.12 The words of the mouth of a wise man man's mouth are grace: gracious; but the lips of a fool shall throw him down headlong. will swallow up himself.

10.13 The beginning of his the words of his mouth is folly, foolishness: and the end of his talk is a mischievous error. madness.

10.14 A fool multiplieth words. A also is full of words: a man cannot tell what hath been before him: shall be; and what shall be after him, who can tell him?

10.15 The labour of fools shall afflict them that know the foolish wearieth every one of them, because he knoweth not how to go to the city.

10.16 Woe to thee, O land, when thy king is a child, and when the thy princes eat in the morning. morning!

10.17 Blessed is the art thou, O land, whose when thy king is noble, the son of nobles, and whose thy princes eat in due season season, for refreshment, strength, and not for riotousness. drunkenness!

10.18 By much slothfulness a the building shall be brought down, decayeth; and through the weakness idleness of hands, the hands the house shall drop droppeth through.

10.19 For laughter they make bread, A feast is made for laughter, and wine that the living may feast: and maketh merry: but money answereth all things obey money. things.

10.20 Detract Curse not the king, no not in thy thought; and speak curse not evil of the rich man in thy private chamber: because even the birds bedchamber: for a bird of the air will shall carry thy the voice, and he that which hath wings will shall tell what thou hast said. the matter.

Chapter 11

11.1 Cast thy bread upon the running waters: for after a long time thou shalt find it again. after many days.

11.2 Give a portion to seven, and also to eight: eight; for thou knowest not what evil shall be upon the earth.

11.3 If the clouds be full, full of rain, they will pour out rain empty themselves upon the earth. If earth: and if the tree fall to toward the south, or to toward the north, in what the place soever it shall fall, where the tree falleth, there shall it shall be.

11.4 He that observeth the wind, wind shall not sow: sow; and he that considereth regardeth the clouds, clouds shall never not reap.

11.5 As thou knowest not what is the way of the spirit, nor how the bones are joined together do grow in the womb of her that is with child: even so thou knowest not the works of God, God who is the maker of maketh all.

11.6 In the morning sow thy seed, and in the evening let withhold not thy hand cease: thine hand: for thou knowest not which may rather spring up, whether shall prosper, either this or that: and if that, or whether they both together, it shall be the better. alike good.

11.7 The Truly the light is sweet, and a pleasant thing it is delightful for the eyes to see behold the sun. sun:

11.8 If But if a man live many years, and have rejoiced rejoice in them all, he must all; yet let him remember the darksome time, and the many days: which when days of darkness; for they shall come, the things past shall be accused of many. All that cometh is vanity.

11.9 Rejoice therefore, Rejoice, O young man, in thy youth, youth; and let thy heart be in that which is good cheer thee in the days of thy youth, and walk in the ways of thy thine heart, and in the sight of thy thine eyes: and but know thou, that for all these things God will bring thee into judgment.

11.10 Remove anger Therefore remove sorrow from thy heart, and put away evil from thy flesh. For youth flesh: for childhood and pleasure youth are vain. vanity.

Chapter 12

12.1 Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, before while the time of affliction come, and evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh of which nigh, when thou shalt say: They please me not: say, I have no pleasure in them;

12.2 Before While the sun, and or the light, and or the moon, and or the stars stars, be not darkened, and nor the clouds return after the rain:

12.3 When In the day when the keepers of the house shall tremble, and the strong men shall stagger, bow themselves, and the grinders shall be idle in a small number, and cease because they are few, and those that look through out of the holes shall windows be darkened: darkened,

12.4 And they shall shut the doors shall be shut in the street, streets, when the grinder's voice shall be sound of the grinding is low, and they he shall rise up at the voice of the bird, and all the daughters of music musick shall grow deaf. be brought low;

12.5 And Also when they shall fear high things, be afraid of that which is high, and they fears shall be afraid in the way, and the almond tree shall flourish, and the locust grasshopper shall be made fat, a burden, and the caper tree desire shall be destroyed: fail: because man shall go into the house of goeth to his eternity, long home, and the mourners shall go round about in the street. streets:

12.6 Before Or ever the silver cord be broken, and loosed, or the golden fillet shrink back, and bowl be broken, or the pitcher be crushed broken at the fountain, and or the wheel be broken upon at the cistern, cistern.

12.7 And Then shall the dust return into its earth, from whence to the earth as it was, was: and the spirit shall return to God, unto God who gave it.

12.8 Vanity of vanities, said Ecclesiastes, and saith the preacher; all things are is vanity.

12.9 And whereas Ecclesiastes moreover, because the preacher was very wise, he still taught the people, and declared the things that people knowledge; yea, he had done: gave good heed, and seeking sought out, he and set forth in order many parables. proverbs.

12.10 He The preacher sought profitable words, to find out acceptable words: and wrote that which was written was upright, even words most right, and full of truth.

12.11 The words of the wise are as goads, and as nails deeply fastened in, which by the counsel of masters of assemblies, which are given from one shepherd.

12.12 More than And further, by these, my son, require not. Of be admonished: of making many books there is no end: end; and much study is an affliction a weariness of the flesh.

12.13 Let us all hear together the conclusion of the discourse. whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is all man: the whole duty of man.

12.14 And all things that are done, For God will shall bring every work into judgment for judgment, with every error, secret thing, whether it be good good, or whether it be evil.