Ecclesiastes 1:13; Ecclesiastes 1:17; Ecclesiastes 2:26; Ecclesiastes 3:10-11; Ecclesiastes 5:1; Ecclesiastes 5:6; Ecclesiastes 5:18-19; Ecclesiastes 6:2; Ecclesiastes 7:2; Ecclesiastes 8:9; Ecclesiastes 8:15-16; Ecclesiastes 9:9; Ecclesiastes 10:6; Ecclesiastes 11:2; Ecclesiastes 12:7; Ecclesiastes 12:11
And I gave my heart to seek and search out by wisdom concerning all things that are done under heaven: this sore travail hath God given to the sons of man to be exercised therewith.
And I gave my heart to know wisdom, and to know madness and folly: I perceived that this also is vexation of spirit.
For God giveth to a man that is good in his sight wisdom, and knowledge, and joy: but to the sinner he giveth travail, to gather and to heap up , that he may give to him that is good before God. This also is vanity and vexation of spirit.
I have seen the travail, which God hath given to the sons of men to be exercised in it.
He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.
Keep thy foot when thou goest to the house of God, and be more ready to hear , than to give the sacrifice of fools: for they consider not that they do evil.
Suffer not thy mouth to cause thy flesh to sin ; neither say thou before the angel, that it was an error: wherefore should God be angry at thy voice, and destroy the work of thine hands?
Behold that which I have seen : it is good and comely for one to eat and to drink , and to enjoy the good of all his labour that he taketh under the sun all the days of his life, which God giveth him: for it is his portion.
Every man also to whom God hath given riches and wealth, and hath given him power to eat thereof, and to take his portion, and to rejoice in his labour; this is the gift of God.
A man to whom God hath given riches, wealth, and honour, so that he wanteth nothing for his soul of all that he desireth , yet God giveth him not power to eat thereof, but a stranger eateth it: this is vanity, and it is an evil disease.
It is better to go to the house of mourning, than to go to the house of feasting: for that is the end of all men; and the living will lay it to his heart.
All this have I seen , and applied my heart unto every work that is done under the sun: there is a time wherein one man ruleth over another to his own hurt.
Then I commended mirth, 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 God giveth him under the sun.
When I applied mine heart to know wisdom, and to see the business that is done upon the earth: (for also there is that neither day nor night seeth sleep with his eyes:)
Live joyfully with the wife whom thou lovest all the days of the life of thy vanity, which he hath given thee under the sun, all the days of thy vanity: for that is thy portion in this life, and in thy labour which thou takest under the sun.
Folly is set in great dignity, and the rich sit in low place.
Give a portion to seven, and also to eight; for thou knowest not what evil shall be upon the earth.
Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.
The words of the wise are as goads, and as nails fastened by the masters of assemblies, which are given from one shepherd .