Ecclesiastes 8:9-13 NIV

9 All this I saw, as I applied my mind to everything done under the sun. There is a time when a man lords it over others to his owna hurt.

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    • b 8:9 - Or "to their"
      10 Then too, I saw the wicked buried1--those who used to come and go from the holy place and receive praiseb in the city where they did this. This too is meaningless.

      References for Ecclesiastes 8:10

        • c 8:10 - Some Hebrew manuscripts and Septuagint (Aquila); most Hebrew manuscripts "and are forgotten"
          11 When the sentence for a crime is not quickly carried out, the hearts of the people are filled with schemes to do wrong.
          12 Although a wicked man commits a hundred crimes and still lives a long time, I know that it will go better2 with God-fearing men,3 who are reverent before God.4

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          13 Yet because the wicked do not fear God,5 it will not go well with them, and their days6 will not lengthen like a shadow.

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