Keep the king's command, and because of your sacred oath be not dismayed;
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 supreme, and who may say to him, "What are you doing?"
He who obeys a command will meet no harm, and the mind of a wise man will know the time and way.
For every matter has its time and way, although man's trouble lies heavy upon him.
For he does not know what is to be, for who can tell him how it will be?
No man has power to retain the spirit, or authority over the day of death; there is no discharge from war, nor will wickedness deliver those who are given to it.
All this I observed while applying my mind to all that is done under the sun, while man lords it over man to his 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. This also is vanity.
Because sentence against an evil deed is not executed speedily, the heart of the sons of men is fully set to do evil.
Though a sinner does evil a hundred times and prolongs his life, yet I know that it will be well with those who fear God, because they fear before him;
Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright 1952 [2nd edition, 1971] by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. (Revised Standard Version w/ Apocrypha)