1Who is like the wiseman and whoknows the interpretation of a matter ? A man'swisdom1illuminesahim and causes his 2sternface to bbeam.
I say, "Keep the ccommand of the kingbecause of the 3oathdbefore God.
"Do not be in a hurrye4to leave him. Do not join in an evilmatter, for he will dowhatever he pleases."
4Since the word of the king is authoritative, 5who will say to him, "What are you doing ?"
He who 6keeps a royal command7experiencesnoftrouble, for a wiseheartknows the proper time and procedure.
For 8there is a proper time and procedure for everydelight, though a man'strouble is heavy upon him.
7Ifnoone9knowswhat will happen, who can tell him when it will happen ?
810Nomanhasauthority to restrain the wind with the wind, or authority over the day of death ; and there is nodischarge in the time of war, and 11evil will not delivergthose whopractice it.
9Allthis I have seen and applied my hmind to everydeed that has been doneunder the sunwherein a man has exercised12authority over another man to his hurt.
10So then, I have seen the wickedburied, those who used to go in and out from the holyplace, and they are 13soon forgotten in the citywhere they didthus. Thistoo is futility.
11Because the 14sentence against an evildeed is not executedquickly, therefore15the hearts of the sons of men among them are givenfully to doevil.
12Although a sinnerdoesevil a hundred times and may 16lengthen his life, still I know that it will be 17well for those who fearGod, whofeariHim openly .
But it will 18not be well for the evilman and he will not lengthen his days like a 19shadow, because he does not fearGod.
14There is futilitywhich is done on the earth, that is, there are 20righteousmen to whom it jhappens according to the deeds of the wicked. On the other hand, there are 21evilmen to whom it khappens according to the deeds of the righteous. I say that thistoo is futility.
So I commendedpleasure, for there is nothinggood for 22a manunder the sunexcept to eat and to drink and to be merry, and this will stand by him in his ltoils throughout the days of his lifewhichGod has given him under the sun.
16When I 23gave my heart to knowwisdom and to see the taskwhich has been done on the earth (eventhoughone should m24neversleepday or night ),
and I saweverywork of God, I concluded that 25mancannotdiscover the workwhich has been doneunder the sun. Even thoughman should seeklaboriously, he will not discover ; and 26though the wiseman should say, "I know," he cannotdiscover.