All this I saw, as I applied my mind to everything done under the sun. There is a time when a man lords it over others to his own hurt.
Then too, I saw the wicked buried—those who used to come and go from the holy place and receive praise in the city where they did this. This too is meaningless.
When the sentence for a crime is not quickly carried out, people’s hearts are filled with schemes to do wrong.
Although a wicked person who commits a hundred crimes may live a long time, I know that it will go better with those who fear God, who are reverent before him.
Yet because the wicked do not fear God, it will not go well with them, and their days will not lengthen like a shadow.