evil, and madness is in their heart while they live, and after that they go to the dead.
4For to him that is joined to all the living there is hope; for a living dog is better than a dead lion. 5For the living know that they shall die; but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten. 6As well their love, as their hatred and their envy, is long ago perished; neither have they any more a portion for ever in any thing that is done under the sun.
- 7Go thy way, eat thy bread with joy,
- And drink thy wine with a merry heart;
- For God hath already accepted thy works.
- 8Let thy garments be always white;
- And let thy head lack no oil.
9Enjoy life 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 life, and in thy labour wherein thou labourest under the sun. 10Whatsoever thy hand attaineth to do by thy strength, that do; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.
11I 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 favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all. 12For 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, even so are the sons of men snared in an evil time, when it falleth suddenly upon them.
13This also have I seen as wisdom under the sun, and it seemed great unto me: 14there 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; 15now there was found in it a man poor and wise, and he by his wisdom delivered the city; yet no man remembered that same poor man. 16Then said I: 'Wisdom is better than strength; nevertheless the poor man's wisdom is despised, and his words are not heard.'
- 17The words of the wise spoken in quiet
- Are more acceptable than the cry of a ruler among fools.
- 18Wisdom is better than weapons of war;
- But one sinner destroyeth much good.
- 10 Dead flies make the ointment of the perfumer fetid and putrid;
- So doth a little folly outweigh wisdom and honour.
- 2A wise man's understanding is at his right hand;
- But a fool's understanding at his left.
3Yea also, when a fool walketh by the way, his understanding faileth him, and he saith to every one that he is a fool.
- 4If the spirit of the ruler rise up against thee,
- Leave not thy place;
- For gentleness allayeth great offences.
- 5There is an evil which I have seen under the sun,
- Like an error which proceedeth from a ruler:
- 6Folly is set on great heights,
- And the rich sit in low place.
- 7I have seen servants upon horses,
- And princes walking as servants upon the earth.