Who is as the wise man? and who knoweth the interpretation of a thing? a man'swisdom maketh his face to shine , and the boldnessa of his face shall be changed .
I counsel thee to keep the king'scommandment, and that in regard of the oath of God.3
Be not hasty to go out of his sight:stand not in an evilthing; for he doeth whatsoever pleaseth him.
Where the word of a king is, there is power: and who may say unto him, What doest thou?
Whoso keepeth the commandment shall feel no evilthing: and a wise man'sheartdiscerneth both time and judgment.6
Because to every purpose there istime and judgment, therefore the misery of man is great upon him.
For he knoweth not that which shall be: for who can tell him when it shall be?
There is no man that hath power over the spirit to retain the spirit; neither hath he power in the day of death: and there is no dischargeb in that war; neither shall wickednessdeliver those that are given to it.
All this have I seen , and applied my heart unto every work that is done under the sun: there is a time wherein one manruleth over another to his own hurt.10
And so I saw the wickedburied , who had come and gone from the place of the holy, and they were forgotten in the city where they had so done : this is also vanity.11
Because sentence against an evilwork is not executedspeedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to doevil.12
Though a sinnerdoevil an hundred times, and his days be prolonged , yet surely I know that it shall be well with them that fearGod, which fearbefore him:
But it shall not be well with the wicked, neither shall he prolong his days, which are as a shadow; because he feareth not beforeGod.14
There is a vanity which is done upon the earth; that there be just men, unto whom it happeneth according to the work of the wicked; again, there bewicked men, to whom it happeneth according to the work of the righteous: I said that this also is vanity.15
Then I commendedmirth, because a man hath no better thing under the sun, than to eat , and to drink , and to be merry : for that shall abide with him of his labour the days of his life, which Godgiveth him under the sun.16
When I applied mine heart to knowwisdom, and to see the business that is done upon the earth: (for also there is that neither day nor nightseethsleep with his eyes:)
Then I beheld all the work of God, that a mancannot find out the work that is done under the sun:becausethough a manlabour to seek it out , yet he shall not find it; yea further; though a wise man think to know it, yet shall he not be able to find it.