For I have takenallthis to my heart and explainait that righteousmen, wisemen, and their deeds are 1in the hand of God. 2Man does not knowwhether it will be 3loveorhatred; anythingbawaits him.
24It is the same for all. There is 5onefate for the righteous and for the wicked; for the good, for the clean and for the unclean; for the man who offers a sacrifice and for the one who does not sacrifice. As the goodman is, so is the sinner; as the swearer is, so is the one who cis afraid to swear.
3This is an evil in all that is doneunder the sun, that there is 6onefate for allmen. Furthermore, 7the hearts of the sons of men are full of evil and 8insanity is in their hearts throughout their lives. Afterwards they go to the dead.
For whoever is joined with all the living, there is hope; surely a livedog is betterthan a deadlion.
For the livingknow they will die; but the dead9do not knowanything, norhave they anylonger a reward, for their 10memory is forgotten.
6Indeed their love, their hate and their zeal have alreadyperished, and they will nolongerhave a 11share in all that is doneunder the sun.
7Go then, 12eat your bread in happiness and drink your wine with a cheerfulheart; for God has alreadyapproved your works.
Let your 13clothes be whiteall the time, and let not 14oil be lacking on your head.
9Enjoylife with the womanwhom you loveall the days of your d15fleetinglifewhich He has given to you under the sune; for this is your 16reward in life and in your toil in which you have laboredunder the sun.
10Whatever your handfinds to do, 17do it with all your might; for there is no18activity or planning or knowledge or wisdom in 19Sheolwhere you are going.
I againsawunder the sun that the 20race is not to the swift and the 21battle is not to the warriors, and neither is bread to the wisenor22wealth to the discerningnorfavor to men of ability; for time and 23chanceovertake them all.
12Moreover , man does not 24know his time: like fishcaught in a treacherousnet and 25birdstrapped in a snare, so the sons of men are 26ensnared at an eviltime when it 27suddenlyfalls on them.
13Alsothis I came to see as wisdomunder the sun, and fit impressed me.
There 28was a smallcity with fewmen in it and a greatkingcame to it, surrounded it and constructedlargesiegeworksagainst it.
But there was found in it a 29poorwiseman and he gdelivered the city30by his wisdom. Yet 31nooneremembered that poorman.
So I said, "32Wisdom is betterthanstrength." But the wisdom of the poorman is despised and his words are not heeded.
The 33words of the wiseheard in quietness are better than the shouting of a ruler among fools.
1834Wisdom is betterthanweapons of war, but 35onesinnerdestroysmuchgood.