Ecclesiastes 1:12-13; Ecclesiastes 1:16; Ecclesiastes 3:18; Ecclesiastes 5:2; Ecclesiastes 5:6; Ecclesiastes 5:8; Ecclesiastes 6:1; Ecclesiastes 7:10; Ecclesiastes 7:14; Ecclesiastes 8:2; Ecclesiastes 8:11; Ecclesiastes 9:14; Ecclesiastes 10:4 (New American Standard)

The Futility of Wisdom

12 I, the Preacher, have been king over Israel in Jerusalem. 13 And I set my mind to seek and explore by wisdom concerning all that has been done under heaven. It is a grievous task which God has given to the sons of men to be afflicted with. 16 I said to myself, "Behold, I have magnified and increased wisdom more than all who were over Jerusalem before me; and my mind has observed a wealth of wisdom and knowledge." 18 I said to myself concerning the sons of men, "God has surely tested them in order for them to see that they are but beasts." 2 Do not be hasty in word or impulsive in thought to bring up a matter in the presence of God. For God is in heaven and you are on the earth ; therefore let your words be few. 6 Do not let your speech cause you to sin and do not say in the presence of the messenger of God that it was a mistake. Why should God be angry on account of your voice and destroy the work of your hands ? 8 If you see oppression of the poor and denial of justice and righteousness in the province, do not be shocked at the sight ; for one official watches over another official, and there are higher officials over them.

The Futility of Life

1 There is an evil which I have seen under the sun and it is prevalent among men - 10 Do not say, "Why is it that the former days were better than these ?" For it is not from wisdom that you ask about this. 14 In the day of prosperity be happy, But in the day of adversity consider - God has made the one as well as the other So that man will not discover anything that will be after him. 2 I say, "Keep the command of the king because of the oath before God. 11 Because the sentence against an evil deed is not executed quickly, therefore the hearts of the sons of men among them are given fully to do evil. 14 There was a small city with few men in it and a great king came to it, surrounded it and constructed large siegeworks against it. 4 If the ruler's temper rises against you, do not abandon your position, because composure allays great offenses.
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