Ecclesiastes 5; Ecclesiastes 6; Ecclesiastes 7; Ecclesiastes 8

1 (4-17) Keep thy foot, when thou goest into the house of God, and draw nigh to hear. For much better is obedience, than the victims of fools, who know not what evil they do. 2 (5-1) Speak not any thing rashly, and let not thy heart be hasty to utter a word before God. For God is in heaven, and thou upon earth: therefore let thy words be few. 3 (5-2) Dreams follow many cares: and in many words shall be found folly. 4 (5-3) If thou hast vowed any thing to God, defer not to pay it: for an unfaithful and foolish promise displeaseth him: but whatsoever thou hast vowed, pay it. 5 (5-4) And it is much better not to vow, than after a vow not to perform the things promised. 6 (5-5) Give not thy mouth to cause thy flesh to sin: and say not before the angel: There is no providence: lest God be angry at thy words, and destroy all the works of thy hands. 7 (5-6) Where there are many dreams, there are many vanities, and words without number: but do thou fear God. 8 (5-7) If thou shalt see the oppressions of the poor, and violent judgments, and justice perverted in the province, wonder not at this matter: for he that is high hath another higher, and there are others still higher than these: 9 (5-8) Moreover there is the king that reigneth over all the land subject to him. 10 (5-9) A covetous man shall not be satisfied with money: and he that loveth riches shall reap no fruit from them: so this also is vanity. 11 (5-10) Where there are great riches, there are also many to eat them. And what doth it profit the owner, but that he seeth the riches with his eyes? 12 (5-11) Sleep is sweet to a labouring man, whether he eat little or much: but the fulness of the rich will not suffer him to sleep. 13 (5-12) There is also another grievous evil, which I have seen under the sun: riches kept to the hurt of the owner. 14 (5-13) For they are lost with very great affliction: he hath begotten a son, who shall be in extremity of want. 15 (5-14) As he came forth naked from his mother’s womb, so shall he return, and shall take nothing away with him of his labour. 16 (5-15) A most deplorable evil: as he came, so shall he return. What then doth it profit him that he hath laboured for the wind? 17 (5-16) All the days of his life he eateth in darkness, and in many cares, and in misery, and sorrow. 18 (5-17) This therefore hath seemed good to me, that a man should eat and drink, and enjoy the fruit of his labour, wherewith he hath laboured under the sun, all the days of his life, which God hath given him: and this is his portion. 19 (5-18) And every man to whom God hath given riches, and substance, and hath given him power to eat thereof, and to enjoy his portion, and to rejoice of his labour: this is the gift of God. 20 (5-19) For he shall not much remember the days of his life, because God entertaineth his heart with delight.
1 There is also another evil, which I have seen under the sun, and that frequent among men: 2 A man to whom God hath given riches, and substance, and honour, and his soul wanteth nothing of all that he desireth: yet God doth not give him power to eat thereof, but a stranger shall eat it up. This is vanity and a great misery. 3 If a man beget a hundred children, and live many years, and attain to a great age, and his soul make no use of the goods of his substance, and he be without burial: of this man I pronounce, that the untimely born is better than he. 4 For he came in vain, and goeth to darkness, and his name shall be wholly forgotten. 5 He hath not seen the sun, nor known the distance of good and evil: 6 Although he lived two thousand years, and hath not enjoyed good things: do not all make haste to one place? 7 All the labour of man is for his mouth, but his soul shall not be filled. 8 What hath the wise man more than the fool? and what the poor man, but to go thither, where there is life? 9 Better it is to see what thou mayst desire, than to desire that which thou canst not know. But this also is vanity, and presumption of spirit. 10 He that shall be, his name is already called: and it is known, that he is a man, and cannot contend in judgment with him that is stronger than himself. 11 There are many words that have much vanity in disputing. 12 (7-1) What needeth a man to seek things that are above him, whereas he knoweth not what is profitable for him in his life, in all the days of his pilgrimage, and the time that passeth like a shadow? Or who can tell him what shall be after him under the sun?
1 (7-2) A good name is better than precious ointments: and the day of death than the day of one’s birth. 2 (7-3) It is better to go to the house of mourning, than to the house of feasting: for in that we are put in mind of the end of all, and the living thinketh what is to come. 3 (7-4) Anger is better than laughter: because by the sadness of the countenance the mind of the offender is corrected. 4 (7-5) The heart of the wise is where there is mourning, and the heart of fools where there is mirth. 5 (7-6) It is better to be rebuked by a wise man, than to be deceived by the flattery of fools. 6 (7-7) For as the crackling of thorns burning under a pot, so is the laughter of a fool: now this also is vanity. 7 (7-8) Oppression troubleth the wise, and shall destroy the strength of his heart. 8 (7-9) Better is the end of a speech than the beginning. Better is the patient man than the presumptuous. 9 (7-10) Be not quickly angry: for anger resteth in the bosom of a fool. 10 (7-11) Say not: What thinkest thou is the cause that former times were better than they are now? for this manner of question is foolish. 11 (7-12) Wisdom with riches is more profitable, and bringeth more advantage to them that see the sun. 12 (7-13) For as wisdom is a defence, so money is a defence: but learning and wisdom excel in this, that they give life to him that possesseth them. 13 (7-14) Consider the works of God, that no man can correct whom he hath despised. 14 (7-15) In the good day enjoy good things, and beware beforehand of the evil day: for God hath made both the one and the other, that man may not find against him any just complaint. 15 (7-16) These things also I saw in the days of my vanity: A just man perisheth in his justice, and a wicked man liveth a long time in his wickedness. 16 (7-17) Be not over just: and be not more wise than is necessary, lest thou become stupid. 17 (7-18) Be not overmuch wicked: and be not foolish, lest thou die before thy time. 18 (7-19) It is good that thou shouldst hold up the just, yea and from him withdraw not thy hand: for he that feareth God, neglecteth nothing. 19 (7-20) Wisdom hath strengthened the wise more than ten princes of the city. 20 (7-21) For there is no just man upon earth, that doth good, and sinneth not. 21 (7-22) But do not apply thy heart to all words that are spoken: lest perhaps thou hear thy servant reviling thee. 22 (7-23) For thy conscience knoweth that thou also hast often spoken evil of others. 23 (7-24) I have tried all things in wisdom. I have said: I will be wise: and it departed farther from me, 24 (7-25) Much more than it was: it is a great depth, who shall find it out? 25 (7-26) I have surveyed all things with my mind, to know, and consider, and seek out wisdom and reason: and to know the wickedness of the fool, and the error of the imprudent: 26 (7-27) And I have found a woman more bitter than death, who is the hunter’s snare, and her heart is a net, and her hands are bands. He that pleaseth God shall escape from her: but he that is a sinner, shall be caught by her. 27 (7-28) Lo this have I found, said Ecclesiastes, weighing one thing after another, that I might find out the account, 28 (7-29) Which yet my soul seeketh, and I have not found it. One man among a thousand I have found, a woman among them all I have not found. 29 (7-30) Only this I have found, that God made man right, and he hath entangled himself with an infinity of questions. Who is as the wise man? and who hath known the resolution of the word?
1 The wisdom of a man shineth in his countenance, and the most mighty will change his face. 2 I observe the mouth of the king, and the commandments of the oath of God. 3 Be not hasty to depart from his face, and do not continue in an evil work: for he will do all that pleaseth him: 4 And his word is full of power: neither can any man say to him: Why dost thou so? 5 He that keepeth the commandment, shall find no evil. The heart of a wiser man understandeth time and answer. 6 There is a time and opportunity for every business, and great affliction for man: 7 Because he is ignorant of things past, and things to come he cannot know by any messenger. 8 It is not in man’s power to stop the spirit, neither hath he power in the day of death, neither is he suffered to rest when war is at hand, neither shall wickedness save the wicked. 9 All these things I have considered, and applied my heart to all the works that are done under the sun. Sometimes one man ruleth over another to his own hurt. 10 I saw the wicked buried: who also when they were yet living were in the holy place, and were praised in the city as men of just works: but this also is vanity. 11 For because sentence is not speedily pronounced against the evil, the children of men commit evils without any fear. 12 But though a sinner do evil a hundred times, and by patience be borne withal, I know from thence that it shall be well with them that fear God, who dread his face. 13 But let it not be well with the wicked, neither let his days be prolonged, but as a shadow let them pass away that fear not the face of the Lord. 14 There is also another vanity, which is done upon the earth. There are just men to whom evils happen, as though they had done the works of the wicked: and there are wicked men, who are as secure as though they had the deeds of the just: but this also I judge most vain. 15 Therefore I commended mirth, because there was no good for a man under the sun, but to eat, and drink, and be merry, and that he should take nothing else with him of his labour in the days of his life, which God hath given him under the sun. 16 And I applied my heart to know wisdom, and to understand the distraction that is upon earth: for there are some that day and night take no sleep with their eyes. 17 And I understood that man can find no reason of all those works of God that are done under the sun: and the more he shall labour to seek, so much the less shall he find: yea, though the wise man shall say, that he knoweth it, he shall not be able to find it.
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