[EC]   ECCLESIASTES

» Ecclesiastes 1

¶ Ecclesiastes 1 v1

{ heart }   [EC] 1v1

The words of the preacher,
the son of David, king in Jerusalem.

¶ Ecclesiastes 1 v2-11

{ heart }   [EC] 1v2

 ‘Vanity of vanities’, 

Saith the preacher,

 ‘Vanity of vanities, all is vanity’.

{ heart }   [EC] 1v3

What profit hath a man
of all his labor which he taketh under the sun?

{ heart }   [EC] 1v4

One generation passeth away,
and another generation cometh;
but the earth abideth forever.

{ heart }   [EC] 1v5

The sun also ariseth, and the sun goeth down,
and hasteth to his place where he arose.

{ heart }   [EC] 1v6

The wind goeth toward the south,
and turneth about unto the north;
it whirleth about continually,
and the wind returneth again according to his circuits.

{ heart }   [EC] 1v7

All the rivers run into the sea, yet the sea is not full:
unto the place from whence the rivers come,
thither they return again.

{ heart }   [EC] 1v8

All things are full of labor, man cannot utter it:
the eye is not satisfied with seeing,
nor the ear filled with hearing.

{ heart }   [EC] 1v9

The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be:
and that which is done, is that which shall be done;
and there is no new thing under the sun.

{ heart }   [EC] 1v10

Is there any thing whereof it may be said,

 ‘See, this is new?’ 

It hath been already of old time, which was before us.

{ heart }   [EC] 1v11

There is no remembrance of former things;
neither shall there be
any remembrance of things that are to come
with those that shall come after.

¶ Ecclesiastes 1 v12-18

{ heart }   [EC] 1v12

I the preacher, was king over Israel
in Jerusalem.

{ heart }   [EC] 1v13

And I gave my heart to seek and search out
by wisdom
concerning all things that are done under heaven;
this sore travail hath GOD given to the sons of man
to be exercised therewith.

{ heart }   [EC] 1v14

I have seen all the works that are done under the sun
and, behold, all is vanity and vexation of spirit.

{ heart }   [EC] 1v15

That which is crooked cannot be made straight;
and that which is wanting cannot be numbered.

{ heart }   [EC] 1v16

I communed with mine own heart,
saying,

 ‘Lo, I am come to great estate,
and have gotten more wisdom
than all they that have been before me in Jerusalem’; 

Yea, my heart had great experience
of wisdom and knowledge.

{ heart }   [EC] 1v17

And I gave my heart to know

 ‘Wisdom’, 

And to know

 ‘Madness and folly’, 

I perceived

 ‘That this also is vexation of spirit’.

{ heart }   [EC] 1v18

For in much wisdom is much grief;
and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow.

» Ecclesiastes 2

¶ Ecclesiastes 2 v1-11

{ heart }   [EC] 2v1

I said in mine heart,

 ‘Go to now, I will prove thee with mirth,
therefore enjoy pleasure’: 

And behold, this also is vanity.

{ heart }   [EC] 2v2

I said of laughter,

 ‘It is mad’: 

And of mirth,

 ‘What doeth it? ’ 

{ heart }   [EC] 2v3

I sought in mine heart to give myself unto wine,
yet acquainting mine heart with wisdom,
and to lay hold on folly,
till I might see what was that good
for the sons of men,
which they should do under the heaven
all the days of their life.

{ heart }   [EC] 2v4

I made me great works,
I builded me houses, I planted me vineyards.

{ heart }   [EC] 2v5

I made me gardens and orchards,
and I planted trees in them of all kind of fruits;

{ heart }   [EC] 2v6

I made me pools of water,
to water therewith the wood that bringeth forth trees;

{ heart }   [EC] 2v7

I got me servants and maidens,
and had servants born in my house;
also I had great and small cattle
above all that were in Jerusalem before me.

{ heart }   [EC] 2v8

I gathered me also silver and gold,
and the peculiar treasure of kings and of the provinces;
I gat me men singers and women singers,
and the delights of the sons of men,
as musical instruments, and that of all sorts.

{ heart }   [EC] 2v9

So I was great, and increased
more than all that were before me in Jerusalem;
also my wisdom remained with me.

{ heart }   [EC] 2v10

And whatsoever mine eyes desired,
I kept not from them.
I withheld not my heart from any joy;
for my heart rejoiced in all my labor;
and this was my portion of all my labor.

{ heart }   [EC] 2v11

Then I looked on all the works
that my hands had wrought,
and on the labor that I had labored to do;
and, behold, all was vanity and vexation of spirit,
and there was no profit under the sun.

¶ Ecclesiastes 2 v12-16

{ heart }   [EC] 2v12

And I turned myself to behold wisdom,
and madness, and folly;
for what can the man do that cometh after the king?
even that which hath been already done.

{ heart }   [EC] 2v13

Then I saw that wisdom excelleth folly,
as far as light excelleth darkness.

{ heart }   [EC] 2v14

The wise man's eyes are in his head,
but the fool walketh in darkness;
and I myself perceived also

 ‘That one event happeneth to them all’.

{ heart }   [EC] 2v15

Then said I in my heart,

 ‘As it happeneth to the fool,
so it happeneth even to me,
and why was I then more wise?’ 

Then I said in my heart,

 ‘That this also is vanity’.

{ heart }   [EC] 2v16

For there is no remembrance of the wise
more than of the fool forever,
seeing that which now is
in the days to come shall all be forgotten;
and how dieth the wise man? as the fool.

¶ Ecclesiastes 2 v17-23

{ heart }   [EC] 2v17

Therefore I hated life,
because the work that is wrought under the sun
is grievous unto me;
for all is vanity and vexation of spirit.

{ heart }   [EC] 2v18

Yea, I hated all my labor
which I had taken under the sun,
because I should leave it unto the man
that shall be after me.

{ heart }   [EC] 2v19

And who knoweth
whether he shall be a wise man or a fool?
yet shall he have rule over all my labor
wherein I have labored,
and wherein I have showed myself wise under the sun.
This is also vanity.

{ heart }   [EC] 2v20

Therefore
I went about to cause my heart to despair
of all the labor which I took under the sun.

{ heart }   [EC] 2v21

For there is a man whose labor is in wisdom,
and in knowledge, and in equity;
yet to a man that hath not labored therein
shall he leave it for his portion;
This also is vanity, and a great evil.

{ heart }   [EC] 2v22

For what hath man of all his labor,
and of the vexation of his heart,
wherein he hath labored under the sun?

{ heart }   [EC] 2v23

For all his days are sorrows, and his travail grief;
yea, his heart taketh not rest in the night.
This is also vanity.

¶ Ecclesiastes 2 v24-26

{ heart }   [EC] 2v24

There is nothing better for a man,
than that he should eat and drink,
and that he should make his soul enjoy good
in his labor.
This also I saw, that it was from the hand of GOD.

{ heart }   [EC] 2v25

For who can eat,
or who else can hasten hereunto, more than I?

{ heart }   [EC] 2v26

For GOD giveth to a man that is good
in HIS sight
wisdom, and knowledge, and joy;
but to the sinner HE giveth travail,
to gather and to heap up,
that he may give to him that is good
before GOD.
This also is vanity and vexation of spirit.

» Ecclesiastes 3

¶ Ecclesiastes 3 v1-15

{ heart }   [EC] 3v1

To every thing there is a season,
and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

{ heart }   [EC] 3v2

A time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant,
and a time to pluck up that which is planted;

{ heart }   [EC] 3v3

A time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;

{ heart }   [EC] 3v4

A time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

{ heart }   [EC] 3v5

A time to cast away stones,
and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace,
and a time to refrain from embracing;

{ heart }   [EC] 3v6

A time to get, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to cast away;

{ heart }   [EC] 3v7

A time to rend, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

{ heart }   [EC] 3v8

A time to love, and a time to hate;
a time of war, and a time of peace.

{ heart }   [EC] 3v9

What profit hath he that worketh
in that wherein he laboreth?

{ heart }   [EC] 3v10

I have seen the travail,
which GOD hath given to the sons of men
to be exercised in it.

{ heart }   [EC] 3v11

HE hath made every thing beautiful in his time;
also HE hath set the world in their heart,
so that no man can find out the work
that GOD maketh from the beginning to the end.

{ heart }   [EC] 3v12

I know that there is no good in them,
but for a man to rejoice, and to do good in his life;

{ heart }   [EC] 3v13

And, also, that every man should eat and drink,
and enjoy the good of all his labor,
it is the gift of GOD.

{ heart }   [EC] 3v14

I know that, whatsoever GOD doeth,
it shall be forever;
nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it;
and GOD doeth it, that men should fear before HIM.

{ heart }   [EC] 3v15

That which hath been is now,
and that which is to be hath already been;
and GOD requireth that which is past.

¶ Ecclesiastes 3 v16-22

{ heart }   [EC] 3v16

And, moreover, I saw under the sun
the place of judgment,
that wickedness was there;
and the place of righteousness,
that iniquity was there.

{ heart }   [EC] 3v17

I said in mine heart,

 ‘GOD shall judge the righteous and the wicked;
for there is a time there
for every purpose and for every work’.

{ heart }   [EC] 3v18

I said in mine heart
concerning the estate of the sons of men,

 ‘That GOD might manifest them,
and that they might see
that they themselves are beasts’.

{ heart }   [EC] 3v19

For that which befalleth the sons of men
befalleth beasts,
even one thing befalleth them:
as the one dieth, so dieth the other;
yea, they have all one breath,
so that a man hath no preeminence above a beast;
for all is vanity.

{ heart }   [EC] 3v20

All go unto one place,
all are of the dust, and all turn to dust again.

{ heart }   [EC] 3v21

Who knoweth the spirit of man
that goeth upward,
and the spirit of the beast
that goeth downward to the earth?

{ heart }   [EC] 3v22

Wherefore, I perceive

 ‘That there is nothing better,
than that a man should rejoice in his own works’: 

For that is his portion;
for who shall bring him to see what shall be after him?

» Ecclesiastes 4

¶ Ecclesiastes 4 v1-4

{ heart }   [EC] 4v1

So I returned, and considered all the oppressions
that are done under the sun;
and, behold, the tears of such as were oppressed,
and they had no comforter;
and on the side of their oppressors there was power,
but they had no comforter.

{ heart }   [EC] 4v2

Wherefore, I praised the dead which are already dead
more than the living which are yet alive.

{ heart }   [EC] 4v3

Yea, better is he than both they,
which hath not yet been,
who hath not seen the evil work
that is done under the sun.

{ heart }   [EC] 4v4

Again, I considered all travail, and every right work,
that for this a man is envied of his neighbor:
this is also vanity and vexation of spirit.

¶ Ecclesiastes 4 v5-6

{ heart }   [EC] 4v5

The fool foldeth his hands together,
and eateth his own flesh.

{ heart }   [EC] 4v6

Better is an handful with quietness,
than both the hands full with travail
and vexation of spirit.

¶ Ecclesiastes 4 v7-12

{ heart }   [EC] 4v7

Then I returned,
and I saw vanity under the sun.

{ heart }   [EC] 4v8

There is one alone, and there is not a second;
yea, he hath neither child nor brother;
yet is there no end of all his labor;
neither is his eye satisfied with riches,
neither saith he,

 ‘For whom do I labor,
and bereave my soul of good?’ 

This is also vanity, yea, it is a sore travail.

{ heart }   [EC] 4v9

Two are better than one,
because they have a good reward for their labor;

{ heart }   [EC] 4v10

For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow;
but woe to him that is alone when he falleth;
for he hath not another to help him up.

{ heart }   [EC] 4v11

Again, if two lie together, then they have heat;
but how can one be warm alone?

{ heart }   [EC] 4v12

And if one prevail against him,
two shall withstand him;
and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.

¶ Ecclesiastes 4 v13-16

{ heart }   [EC] 4v13

Better is a poor and a wise child
than an old and foolish king,
who will no more be admonished.

{ heart }   [EC] 4v14

For out of prison he cometh to reign;
whereas also he that is born in his kingdom
becometh poor.

{ heart }   [EC] 4v15

I considered all the living which walk under the sun,
with the second child that shall stand up in his stead.

{ heart }   [EC] 4v16

There is no end of all the people,
even of all that have been before them;
they also that come after shall not rejoice in him:
surely this also is vanity and vexation of spirit.

» Ecclesiastes 5

¶ Ecclesiastes 5 v1-7

{ heart }   [EC] 5v1

Keep thy foot when thou goest
to the house of GOD,
and be more ready to hear,
than to give the sacrifice of fools;
for they consider not that they do evil.

{ heart }   [EC] 5v2

Be not rash with thy mouth,
and let not thine heart be hasty
to utter any thing before GOD;
for GOD is in heaven, and thou upon earth;
therefore let thy words be few.

{ heart }   [EC] 5v3

For a dream cometh
through the multitude of business,
and a fool's voice is known by multitude of words.

{ heart }   [EC] 5v4

When thou vowest a vow unto GOD,
defer not to pay it;
for HE hath no pleasure in fools;
pay that which thou hast vowed.

{ heart }   [EC] 5v5

Better is it that thou shouldest not vow,
than that thou shouldest vow and not pay.

{ heart }   [EC] 5v6

Suffer not thy mouth to cause thy flesh to sin;
neither say thou before the Angel,

 ‘That it was an error’. 

Wherefore should GOD be angry at thy voice,
and destroy the work of thine hands?

{ heart }   [EC] 5v7

For in the multitude of dreams and many words
there are also divers vanities;
but fear thou GOD.

¶ Ecclesiastes 5 v8-9

{ heart }   [EC] 5v8

If thou seest the oppression of the poor,
and violent perverting of judgment and justice
in a province,
marvel not at the matter;
for HE THAT is higher than the highest regardeth;
and there be higher than they.

{ heart }   [EC] 5v9

Moreover, the profit of the earth is for all;
the king himself is served by the field.

¶ Ecclesiastes 5 v10-20

{ heart }   [EC] 5v10

He that loveth silver
shall not be satisfied with silver;
nor he that loveth abundance with increase;
this is also vanity.

{ heart }   [EC] 5v11

When goods increase,
they are increased that eat them;
and what good is there to the owners thereof,
saving the beholding of them with their eyes?

{ heart }   [EC] 5v12

The sleep of a laboring man is sweet,
whether he eat little or much;
but the abundance of the rich
will not suffer him to sleep.

{ heart }   [EC] 5v13

There is a sore evil which I have seen under the sun,
namely, riches kept for the owners thereof
to their hurt.

{ heart }   [EC] 5v14

But those riches perish by evil travail;
and he begetteth a son,
and there is nothing in his hand.

{ heart }   [EC] 5v15

As he came forth of his mother's womb,
naked shall he return to go as he came,
and shall take nothing of his labor,
which he may carry away in his hand.

{ heart }   [EC] 5v16

And this also is a sore evil,
that in all points as he came, so shall he go:
and what profit hath he that hath labored for the wind?

{ heart }   [EC] 5v17

All his days also he eateth in darkness,
and he hath much sorrow and wrath
with his sickness.

{ heart }   [EC] 5v18

Behold that which I have seen;
it is good and comely for one to eat and to drink,
and to enjoy the good of all his labor
that he taketh under the sun
all the days of his life, which GOD giveth him;
for it is his portion.

{ heart }   [EC] 5v19

Every man also to whom GOD hath given
riches and wealth,
and hath given him power to eat thereof,
and to take his portion, and to rejoice in his labor;
this is the gift of GOD.

{ heart }   [EC] 5v20

For he shall not much remember the days of his life,
because GOD answereth him in the joy of his heart.

» Ecclesiastes 6

¶ Ecclesiastes 6 v1-6

{ heart }   [EC] 6v1

There is an evil which I have seen under the sun,
and it is common among men:

{ heart }   [EC] 6v2

A man to whom GOD hath given
riches, wealth, and honor,
so that he wanteth nothing for his soul
of all that he desireth,
yet GOD giveth him not power to eat thereof,
but a stranger eateth it:
This is vanity, and it is an evil disease.

{ heart }   [EC] 6v3

If a man beget an hundred children,
and live many years,
so that the days of his years be many,
and his soul be not filled with good,
and also that he have no burial;
I say,

 ‘That an untimely birth is better than he’.

{ heart }   [EC] 6v4

For he cometh in with vanity,
and departeth in darkness,
and his name shall be covered with darkness;

{ heart }   [EC] 6v5

Moreover, he hath not seen the sun,
nor known anything;
this hath more rest than the other.

{ heart }   [EC] 6v6

Yea, though he live a thousand years twice told,
yet hath he seen no good:
Do not all go to one place?

¶ Ecclesiastes 6 v7-9

{ heart }   [EC] 6v7

All the labor of man is for his mouth,
and yet the appetite is not filled.

{ heart }   [EC] 6v8

For what hath the wise more than the fool?
what hath the poor, that knoweth to walk
before the living?

{ heart }   [EC] 6v9

Better is the sight of the eyes
than the wandering of the desire:
this is also vanity and vexation of spirit.

¶ Ecclesiastes 6 v10-12

{ heart }   [EC] 6v10

That which hath been is named already,
and it is known that it is man;
neither may he contend with HIM
THAT is mightier than he.

{ heart }   [EC] 6v11

Seeing there be many things that increase vanity,
what is man the better?

{ heart }   [EC] 6v12

For who knoweth what is good for man in this life,
all the days of his vain life
which he spendeth as a shadow?
for who can tell a man
what shall be after him under the sun?

» Ecclesiastes 7

¶ Ecclesiastes 7 v1-6

{ heart }   [EC] 7v1

A good name is better than precious ointment;
and the day of death, than the day of one's birth.

{ heart }   [EC] 7v2

It is better to go to the house of mourning,
than to go to the house of feasting;
for that is the end of all men,
and the living will lay it to his heart.

{ heart }   [EC] 7v3

Sorrow is better than laughter;
for by the sadness of the countenance
the heart is made better.

{ heart }   [EC] 7v4

The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning;
but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth.

{ heart }   [EC] 7v5

It is better to hear the rebuke of the wise,
than for a man to hear the song of fools.

{ heart }   [EC] 7v6

For as the crackling of thorns under a pot,
so is the laughter of the fool:
this also is vanity.

¶ Ecclesiastes 7 v7-9

{ heart }   [EC] 7v7

Surely oppression maketh a wise man mad,
and a gift destroyeth the heart.

{ heart }   [EC] 7v8

Better is the end of a thing
than the beginning thereof,
and the patient in spirit is better
than the proud in spirit.

{ heart }   [EC] 7v9

Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry;
for anger resteth in the bosom of fools.

¶ Ecclesiastes 7 v10-14

{ heart }   [EC] 7v10

Say not thou,

 ‘What is the cause
that the former days were better than these? ’ 

For thou dost not enquire wisely concerning this.

{ heart }   [EC] 7v11

Wisdom is good with an inheritance,
and by it there is profit to them that see the sun.

{ heart }   [EC] 7v12

For wisdom is a defense, and money is a defense;
but the excellency of knowledge is,
that wisdom giveth life to them that have it.

{ heart }   [EC] 7v13

Consider the work of GOD:
for who can make that straight,
which HE hath made crooked?

{ heart }   [EC] 7v14

In the day of prosperity be joyful,
but in the day of adversity consider:
GOD also hath set the one
over against the other,
to the end that man should find nothing after him.

¶ Ecclesiastes 7 v15-20

{ heart }   [EC] 7v15

All things have I seen in the days of my vanity:
there is a just man that perisheth
in his righteousness,
and there is a wicked man that prolongeth his life
in his wickedness.

{ heart }   [EC] 7v16

Be not righteous overmuch,
neither make thyself overwise:
why shouldest thou destroy thyself?

{ heart }   [EC] 7v17

Be not wicked overmuch, neither be thou foolish:
why shouldest thou die before thy time?

{ heart }   [EC] 7v18

It is good that thou shouldest take hold of this;
yea, also from this withdraw not thine hand;
for he that feareth GOD shall come forth of them all.

{ heart }   [EC] 7v19

Wisdom strengtheneth the wise
more than ten mighty men which are in the city.

{ heart }   [EC] 7v20

For there is not a just man upon earth,
that doeth good, and sinneth not.

¶ Ecclesiastes 7 v21-22

{ heart }   [EC] 7v21

Also take no heed unto all words that are spoken,
lest thou hear thy servant curse thee:

{ heart }   [EC] 7v22

For oftentimes also thine own heart knoweth
that thou thyself likewise hast cursed others.

¶ Ecclesiastes 7 v23-29

{ heart }   [EC] 7v23

All this have I proved by wisdom;
I said,

 ‘I will be wise’, 

But it was far from me.

{ heart }   [EC] 7v24

That which is far off, and exceedingly deep,
who can find it out?

{ heart }   [EC] 7v25

I applied mine heart to know,
and to search, and to seek out

 ‘Wisdom, and the reason of things’, 

And to know

 ‘The wickedness of folly,
even of foolishness and madness’;

{ heart }   [EC] 7v26

And I find more bitter than death
the woman whose heart is snares and nets,
and her hands as bands;
whoso pleaseth GOD shall escape from her,
but the sinner shall be taken by her.

{ heart }   [EC] 7v27

 ‘Behold, this have I found’, 

Saith the preacher,

 ‘Counting one by one, to find out the account’,

{ heart }   [EC] 7v28

Which yet my soul seeketh, but I find not;
one man among a thousand have I found,
but a woman among all those have I not found.

{ heart }   [EC] 7v29

Lo, this only have I found,

 ‘That GOD hath made man upright;
but they have sought out many inventions’.

» Ecclesiastes 8

¶ Ecclesiastes 8 v1-5

{ heart }   [EC] 8v1

Who is as the wise man?
and who knoweth the interpretation of a thing?
a man's wisdom maketh his face to shine,
and the boldness of his face shall be changed.

{ heart }   [EC] 8v2

I counsel thee

 ‘To keep the king's commandment,
and that in regard of the oath of GOD’.

{ heart }   [EC] 8v3

Be not hasty to go out of his sight:
stand not in an evil thing,
for he doeth whatsoever pleaseth him.

{ heart }   [EC] 8v4

Where the word of a king is, there is power;
and who may say unto him,

 ‘What doest thou?’ 

{ heart }   [EC] 8v5

Whoso keepeth the commandment
shall feel no evil thing;
and a wise man's heart
discerneth both time and judgment.

¶ Ecclesiastes 8 v6-8

{ heart }   [EC] 8v6

Because to every purpose
there is time and judgment,
therefore the misery of man is great upon him.

{ heart }   [EC] 8v7

For he knoweth not that which shall be;
for who can tell him when it shall be?

{ heart }   [EC] 8v8

There is no man that hath power over the spirit
to retain the spirit;
neither hath he power in the day of death:
and there is no discharge in that war,
neither shall wickedness
deliver those that are given to it.

¶ Ecclesiastes 8 v9-15

{ heart }   [EC] 8v9

All this have I seen, and applied my heart
unto every work that is done under the sun;
there is a time wherein one man ruleth over another
to his own hurt.

{ heart }   [EC] 8v10

And so I saw the wicked buried,
who had come and gone, from the place of the holy,
and they were forgotten in the city
where they had so done:
this is also vanity.

{ heart }   [EC] 8v11

Because sentence against an evil work
is not executed speedily,
therefore the heart of the sons of men
is fully set in them to do evil.

{ heart }   [EC] 8v12

Though a sinner do evil an hundred times,
and his days be prolonged,
yet surely I know

 ‘That it shall be well with them that fear GOD,
which fear before HIM’.

{ heart }   [EC] 8v13

But it shall not be well with the wicked,
neither shall he prolong his days,
which are as a shadow,
because he feareth not before GOD.

{ heart }   [EC] 8v14

There is a vanity which is done upon the earth,
that there be just men, unto whom it happeneth
according to the work of the wicked;
again, there be wicked men, to whom it happeneth
according to the work of the righteous;
I said

 ‘That this also is vanity’.

{ heart }   [EC] 8v15

Then I commended mirth,
because a man hath no better thing under the sun,
than to eat, and to drink, and to be merry;
for that shall abide with him of his labor
the days of his life,
which GOD giveth him under the sun.

¶ Ecclesiastes 8 v16-17

{ heart }   [EC] 8v16

When I applied mine heart to know

 ‘Wisdom’, 

And to see the business that is done upon the earth
(for also there is
that neither day nor night seeth sleep with his eyes),

{ heart }   [EC] 8v17

Then I beheld all the work of GOD,
that a man cannot find out
the work that is done under the sun,
because, though a man labor to seek it out,
yet he shall not find it;
yea, further though a wise man think to know it,
yet shall he not be able to find it.

» Ecclesiastes 9

¶ Ecclesiastes 9 v1-6

{ heart }   [EC] 9v1

For all this I considered in my heart,
even to declare all this,

 ‘That the righteous, and the wise, and their works,
are in the hand of GOD;
no man knoweth either love or hatred
by all that is before them’.

{ heart }   [EC] 9v2

All things come alike to all:
there is one event to the righteous, and to the wicked;
to the good and to the clean, and to the unclean;
to him that sacrificeth, and to him that sacrificeth not:
as is the good, so is the sinner;
and he that sweareth, as he that feareth an oath.

{ heart }   [EC] 9v3

This is an evil among all things
that are done under the sun,
that there is one event unto all;
yea, also the heart of the sons of men is full of evil,
and madness is in their heart while they live,
and after that they go to the dead.

{ heart }   [EC] 9v4

For to him that is joined to all the living
there is hope;
for a living dog is better than a dead lion.

{ heart }   [EC] 9v5

For the living know

 ‘That they shall die’; 

But the dead know not anything,
neither have they any more a reward;
for the memory of them is forgotten.

{ heart }   [EC] 9v6

Also their love, and their hatred, and their envy,
is now perished;
neither have they any more a portion forever
in any thing that is done under the sun.

¶ Ecclesiastes 9 v7-10

{ heart }   [EC] 9v7

Go thy way,
eat thy bread with joy,
and drink thy wine with a merry heart;
for GOD now accepteth thy works.

{ heart }   [EC] 9v8

Let thy garments be always white;
and let thy head lack no ointment.

{ heart }   [EC] 9v9

Live joyfully with the wife whom thou lovest
all the days of the life of thy vanity,
which HE hath given thee under the sun,
all the days of thy vanity;
for that is thy portion in this life,
and in thy labor which thou takest under the sun.

{ heart }   [EC] 9v10

Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do,
do it with thy might;
for there is no work,
nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom,
in the grave, whither thou goest.

¶ Ecclesiastes 9 v11-12

{ heart }   [EC] 9v11

I returned, and saw under the sun,
that the race is not to the swift,
nor the battle to the strong,
neither yet bread to the wise,
nor yet riches to men of understanding,
nor yet favor to men of skill;
but time and chance happeneth to them all.

{ heart }   [EC] 9v12

For man also knoweth not his time:
as the fishes that are taken in an evil net,
and as the birds that are caught in the snare,
so are the sons of men snared in an evil time,
when it falleth suddenly upon them.

¶ Ecclesiastes 9 v13-16

{ heart }   [EC] 9v13

This wisdom have I seen also under the sun,
and it seemed great unto me:

{ heart }   [EC] 9v14

There was a little city, and few men within it;
and there came a great king against it, and besieged it,
and built great bulwarks against it.

{ heart }   [EC] 9v15

Now there was found in it a poor wise man,
and he, by his wisdom, delivered the city;
yet no man remembered that same poor man.

{ heart }   [EC] 9v16

Then said I,

 ‘Wisdom is better than strength’; 

Nevertheless, the poor man's wisdom is despised,
and his words are not heard.

¶ Ecclesiastes 9 v17-18

{ heart }   [EC] 9v17

The words of wise men are heard in quiet
more than the cry of him that ruleth among fools.

{ heart }   [EC] 9v18

Wisdom is better than weapons of war,
but one sinner destroyeth much good.

» Ecclesiastes 10

¶ Ecclesiastes 10 v1-20

{ heart }   [EC] 10v1

Dead flies cause the ointment of the apothecary
to send forth a stinking savor;
so doth a little folly
him that is in reputation for wisdom and honor.

{ heart }   [EC] 10v2

A wise man's heart is at his right hand;
but a fool's heart at his left.

{ heart }   [EC] 10v3

Yea also, when he that is a fool walketh by the way,
his wisdom faileth him, and he saith to every one

 ‘That he is a fool’.

{ heart }   [EC] 10v4

If the spirit of the ruler rise up against thee,
leave not thy place;
for yielding pacifieth great offences.

{ heart }   [EC] 10v5

There is an evil which I have seen under the sun,
as an error which proceedeth from the ruler:

{ heart }   [EC] 10v6

Folly is set in great dignity,
and the rich sit in low place.

{ heart }   [EC] 10v7

I have seen servants upon horses,
and princes walking as servants upon the earth.

{ heart }   [EC] 10v8

He that diggeth a pit shall fall into it;
and whoso breaketh an hedge,
a serpent shall bite him.

{ heart }   [EC] 10v9

Whoso removeth stones shall be hurt therewith;
and he that cleaveth wood
shall be endangered thereby.

{ heart }   [EC] 10v10

If the iron be blunt, and he do not whet the edge,
then must he put to more strength,
but wisdom is profitable to direct.

{ heart }   [EC] 10v11

Surely the serpent will bite without enchantment;
and a babbler is no better.

{ heart }   [EC] 10v12

The words of a wise man's mouth are gracious,
but the lips of a fool will swallow up himself.

{ heart }   [EC] 10v13

The beginning of the words of his mouth
is foolishness,
and the end of his talk is mischievous madness.

{ heart }   [EC] 10v14

A fool also is full of words.
A man cannot tell what shall be;
and what shall be after him, who can tell him?

{ heart }   [EC] 10v15

The labor of the foolish wearieth every one of them,
because he knoweth not how to go to the city.

{ heart }   [EC] 10v16

Woe to thee, O land,
when thy king is a child,
and thy princes eat in the morning.

{ heart }   [EC] 10v17

Blessed art thou, O land,
when thy king is the son of nobles,
and thy princes eat in due season,
for strength, and not for drunkenness,

{ heart }   [EC] 10v18

By much slothfulness the building decayeth,
and through idleness of the hands
the house droppeth through.

{ heart }   [EC] 10v19

A feast is made for laughter, and wine maketh merry,
but money answereth all things.

{ heart }   [EC] 10v20

Curse not the king, no, not in thy thought;
and curse not the rich in thy bedchamber;
for a bird of the air shall carry the voice,
and that which hath wings shall tell the matter.

» Ecclesiastes 11

¶ Ecclesiastes 11 v1-8

{ heart }   [EC] 11v1

Cast thy bread upon the waters;
for thou shalt find it after many days.

{ heart }   [EC] 11v2

Give a portion to seven, and also to eight;
for thou knowest not what evil shall be upon the earth.

{ heart }   [EC] 11v3

If the clouds be full of rain,
they empty themselves upon the earth;
and if the tree fall
toward the south, or toward the north,
in the place where the tree falleth, there it shall be.

{ heart }   [EC] 11v4

He that observeth the wind shall not sow;
and he that regardeth the clouds shall not reap.

{ heart }   [EC] 11v5

As thou knowest not
what is the way of the spirit,
nor how the bones do grow in the womb
of her that is with child;
even so thou knowest not
the works of GOD, WHO maketh all.

{ heart }   [EC] 11v6

In the morning sow thy seed,
and in the evening withhold not thine hand;
for thou knowest not
whether shall prosper, either this or that,
or whether they both shall be alike good.

{ heart }   [EC] 11v7

Truly the light is sweet,
and a pleasant thing it is for the eyes
to behold the sun;

{ heart }   [EC] 11v8

But if a man live many years,
and rejoice in them all,
yet let him remember the days of darkness;
for they shall be many.
All that cometh is vanity.

¶ Ecclesiastes 11 v9-10

{ heart }   [EC] 11v9

Rejoice, O young man, in thy youth;
and let thy heart cheer thee in the days of thy youth,
and walk in the ways of thine heart,
and in the sight of thine eyes;
but know thou,

 ‘That for all these things
GOD will bring thee into judgment’.

{ heart }   [EC] 11v10

Therefore, remove sorrow from thy heart,
and put away evil from thy flesh;
for childhood and youth are vanity.

» Ecclesiastes 12

¶ Ecclesiastes 12 v1-8

{ heart }   [EC] 12v1

Remember now thy CREATOR
in the days of thy youth,
while the evil days come not,
nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say,

 ‘I have no pleasure in them’;

{ heart }   [EC] 12v2

While the sun, or the light, or the moon, or the stars,
be not darkened,
nor the clouds return after the rain;

{ heart }   [EC] 12v3

In the day
when the keepers of the house shall tremble,
and the strong men shall bow themselves,
and the grinders cease because they are few,
and those that look out of the windows
be darkened,

{ heart }   [EC] 12v4

And the doors shall be shut in the streets;
when the sound of the grinding is low,
and he shall rise up at the voice of the bird,
and all the daughters of music shall be brought low;

{ heart }   [EC] 12v5

Also when they shall be afraid of that which is high,
and fears shall be in the way,
and the almond tree shall flourish,
and the grasshopper shall be a burden,
and desire shall fail;
because man goeth to his long home,
and the mourners go about the streets;

{ heart }   [EC] 12v6

Or ever the silver cord be loosed,
or the golden bowl be broken,
or the pitcher be broken at the fountain,
or the wheel broken at the cistern;

{ heart }   [EC] 12v7

Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was,
and the spirit shall return unto GOD, WHO gave it.

{ heart }   [EC] 12v8

 ‘Vanity of vanities’, 

Saith the preacher;

 ‘All is vanity’.

¶ Ecclesiastes 12 v9-14

{ heart }   [EC] 12v9

And, moreover, because the preacher was wise,
he still taught the people knowledge;
yea, he gave good heed,
and sought out, and set in order many proverbs.

{ heart }   [EC] 12v10

The preacher sought to find out acceptable words;
and that which was written was upright,
even words of truth.

{ heart }   [EC] 12v11

The words of the wise are as goads, and as nails
fastened by the masters of assemblies,
which are given from one SHEPHERD.

{ heart }   [EC] 12v12

And further, by these, my son, be admonished:
of making many books there is no end;
and much study is a weariness of the flesh.

{ heart }   [EC] 12v13

Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter:

 ‘Fear GOD,
and
Keep HIS commandments’; 

For this is the whole duty of man.

{ heart }   [EC] 12v14

For GOD shall bring every work into judgment,
with every secret thing,
whether it be good, or whether it be evil.