Let your clothes be white all the time, and never let oil be lacking on your head.a9
Enjoy life with the wife you love all the days of your fleetingb life, which has been given to you under the sun, all your fleeting days. For that is your portion in life and in your struggle under the sun.
Whatever your hands find to do, do with [all] your strength, because there is no work, planning, knowledge, or wisdom in Sheol where you are going.
Again I saw under the sun that the race is not to the swift, or the battle to the strong, or bread to the wise, or riches to the discerning, or favor to the skillful; rather, time and chance happen to all of them.
For man certainly does not know his time: like fish caught in a cruel net, or like birds caught in a trap, so people are trapped in an evil time, as it suddenly falls on them.
I have observed that this also is wisdom under the sun, and it is significant to me:
There was a small city with few men in it. A great king came against it, surrounded it, and built large siege works against it.
Now a poor wise man was found in the city, and he delivered the city by his wisdom. Yet no one remembered that poor man.
And I said, "Wisdom is better than strength, but the wisdom of the poor man is despised, and his words are not heeded."
The calm words of the wise are heeded more than the shouts of a ruler over fools.
Wisdom is better than weapons of war, but one sinner can destroy much good.