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Ecclesiastes 8:9-17 (English Standard Version)

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9 1All this I observed while applying my heart to all that is done under the sun, when man had power over man to his hurt.

Those Who Fear God Will Do Well

10 Then I saw the wicked buried. They used to go in and out of 2the holy place and were 3praiseda in the city where they had done such things. This also is vanity. 11 Because 4the sentence against an evil deed is not executed speedily, 5the heart of the children of man is fully set to do evil. 12 Though a sinner does evil a hundred times and 6prolongs his life, yet I know that 7it will be well with 8those who fear God, because they fear before him. 13 But it will 9not be well with the wicked, neither will he prolong his days like 10a shadow, because he does not fear before God.

Man Cannot Know God's Ways

14 There is a vanity that takes place on earth, that there are righteous people 11to whom it happens according to the deeds of the wicked, and there are wicked people 12to whom it happens according to the deeds of the righteous. I said that this also is vanity. 15 And I commend joy, for man 13has no good thing under the sun but to 14eat and drink and be joyful, for this will go with him in his toil through the days of his life that God has given him under the sun. 16 When I applied my heart to know wisdom, and to see 15the business that is done on earth, how neither 16day nor night do one's eyes see sleep, 17 then I saw all the work of God, that 17man cannot find out the work that is done under the sun. However much man may toil in seeking, he will not find it out. Even though a wise man claims to know, 18he cannot find it out.
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