Ecclesiastes 1:1; Ecclesiastes 1:12; Ecclesiastes 2:8; Ecclesiastes 2:12; Ecclesiastes 4:13; Ecclesiastes 5:9; Ecclesiastes 8:2; Ecclesiastes 8:4; Ecclesiastes 9:14; Ecclesiastes 10:16-17; Ecclesiastes 10:20
The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem.
I, the Preacher, have been king over Israel in Jerusalem.
Also, I collected for myself silver and gold and the treasure of kings and provinces. I provided for myself male and female singers and the pleasures of men -many concubines.
So I turned to consider wisdom, madness and folly; for what will the man do who will come after the king except what has already been done?
A poor yet wise lad is better than an old and foolish king who no longer knows how to receive instruction.
After all, a king who cultivates the field is an advantage to the land.
I say, "Keep the command of the king because of the oath before God.
Since the word of the king is authoritative, who will say to him, "What are you doing?"
There was a small city with few men in it and a great king came to it, surrounded it and constructed large siegeworks against it.
Woe to you, O land, whose king is a lad and whose princes feast in the morning.
Blessed are you, O land, whose king is of nobility and whose princes eat at the appropriate time -for strength and not for drunkenness.
Furthermore, in your bedchamber do not curse a king, and in your sleeping rooms do not curse a rich man, for a bird of the heavens will carry the sound and the winged creature will make the matter known.