Who is like the wise man? And who knows the interpretation of a thing? Wisdom makes one's face shine, and the hardness of one's countenance is changed.
Keep a the king's command because of your sacred oath.
Do not be terrified; go from his presence, do not delay when the matter is unpleasant, for he does whatever he pleases.
For the word of the king is powerful, and who can say to him, "What are you doing?"
Whoever obeys a command will meet no harm, and the wise mind will know the time and way.
For every matter has its time and way, although the troubles of mortals lie heavy upon them.
Indeed, they do not know what is to be, for who can tell them how it will be?
No one has power over the wind b to restrain the wind, c or power over the day of death; there is no discharge from the battle, nor does wickedness deliver those who practice it.
All this I observed, applying my mind to all that is done under the sun, while one person exercises authority over another to the other's hurt.
Then I saw the wicked buried; they used to go in and out of the holy place, and were praised in the city where they had done such things. d This also is vanity.
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