16I said to myself, "Behold, I have magnified and increased wisdom more than all who were over Jerusalem before me; and my mind has observed a wealth of wisdom and knowledge."17And I set my mind to know wisdom and to know madness and folly; I realized that this also is striving after wind.
3I explored with my mind how to stimulate my body with wine while my mind was guiding me wisely, and how to take hold of folly, until I could see what good there is for the sons of men to do under heaven the few years of their lives.
17I said to myself, "God will judge both the righteous man and the wicked man," for a time for every matter and for every deed is there.18I said to myself concerning the sons of men, "God has surely tested them in order for them to see that they are but beasts."
2It is better to go to a house of mourning Than to go to a house of feasting, Because that is the end of every man, And the living takes it to heart.3Sorrow is better than laughter, For when a face is sad a heart may be happy.4The mind of the wise is in the house of mourning, While the mind of fools is in the house of pleasure.
25I directed my mind to know, to investigate and to seek wisdom and an explanation, and to know the evil of folly and the foolishness of madness.26And I discovered more bitter than death the woman whose heart is snares and nets, whose hands are chains. One who is pleasing to God will escape from her, but the sinner will be captured by her.
3This is an evil in all that is done under the sun, that there is one fate for all men. Furthermore, the hearts of the sons of men are full of evil and insanity is in their hearts throughout their lives. Afterwards they go to the dead.
2A wise man's heart directs him toward the right, but the foolish man's heart directs him toward the left.3Even when the fool walks along the road, his sense is lacking and he demonstrates to everyone that he is a fool.
9Rejoice, young man, during your childhood, and let your heart be pleasant during the days of young manhood. And follow the impulses of your heart and the desires of your eyes. Yet know that God will bring you to judgment for all these things.10So, remove grief and anger from your heart and put away pain from your body, because childhood and the prime of life are fleeting.