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.
2I counsel thee
to keep the king's commandment, and that in regard of the oath of God.
3Be not hasty to go out of his sight: stand not in an evil thing; for he doeth whatsoever pleaseth
4Where the word of a king is, there is
power: and who may say unto him, What doest thou?
keepeth the commandment shall feel no evil thing: and a wise man's heart discerneth both time and judgment.
6Because to every purpose there is time and judgment, therefore the misery of man
is great upon him.
7For he knoweth not that
which shall be: for who can tell him when it shall be?
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.
9All 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.
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.
sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do
12Though 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:
13But 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.
14There 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.
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 labour the days of his life, which God giveth him under the sun.
16When 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:)
17Then 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 labour to seek it out, yet he shall not find it; yea farther; though a wise man think
to know it, yet shall he not be able to find it.