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Ecclesiastes (Author Solomon)

4:1And I returned and saw all the oppressions that are done under the sun: and behold, the tears of the oppressed, and they had no comforter; and on the side of their oppressors was power, and they had no comforter.

4:2Then I praised the dead who are already dead more than the living who are yet alive;

4:3and more fortunate than both is he who hath not yet been, who hath not seen the evil work that is done under the sun.

4:4And I saw all labour, and all success of work, that it is man's jealousy of his neighbour. This also is vanity and pursuit of the wind.

4:5The fool foldeth his hands together, and eateth his own flesh.

4:6Better is a handful with quietness, than both hands full with labour and pursuit of the wind.

4:7And I returned and saw vanity under the sun.

4:8There is one alone and without a second; also he hath neither son nor brother: yet is there no end of all his labour, neither is his eye satisfied with riches, and he saith not, For whom then am I labouring, and depriving my soul of good? This also is vanity and a grievous occupation.

4:9Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour.

4:10For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow; but woe to him that is alone when he falleth, and who hath not another to lift him up!

4:11Again, if two lie together, then they have warmth; but how can one alone be warm?

4:12And if a man overpower the one, the two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.

4:13Better is a poor but wise youth than an old and foolish king, who knoweth no more how to be admonished.

4:14For out of the prison-house he came forth to reign, although he was born poor in his kingdom.

4:15I saw all the living that walk under the sun, with the child, the second, that should stand up in his stead.

4:16There is no end of all the people, of all that stood before them; those however that come after shall not rejoice in him. Surely this also is vanity and a striving after the wind.

5:1Keep thy foot when thou goest to the house of God, and draw near to hear, rather than to give the sacrifice of fools: for they know not that they do evil.

5:2Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thy heart be hasty to utter anything before God: for God is in the heavens, and thou upon earth; therefore let thy words be few.

5:3For a dream cometh through the multitude of business, and a fool's voice through a multitude of words.

5:4When thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay it; for he hath no pleasure in fools: pay that which thou hast vowed.

5:5Better is it that thou shouldest not vow, than that thou shouldest vow and not pay.

5:6Suffer not thy mouth to cause thy flesh to sin; neither say thou before the angel, that it was an inadvertence. Wherefore should God be wroth at thy voice, and destroy the work of thy hands?

5:7For in the multitude of dreams are vanities; so with many words: but fear God.

5:8If thou seest the oppression of the poor, and violent perverting of judgment and justice in a province, marvel not at the matter; for a higher than the high is watching, and there are higher than they.

5:9Moreover the earth is every way profitable: the king himself is dependent upon the field.

5:10He that loveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver, nor he that loveth abundance with increase. This also is vanity.

5:11When goods increase, they are increased that eat them; and what profit is there to the owner thereof, except the beholding of them with his eyes?

5:12The sleep of the labourer is sweet, whether he have eaten little or much; but the fulness of the rich doth not suffer him to sleep.

5:13There is a grievous evil that I have seen under the sun: riches kept for the owners thereof to their hurt;

5:14or those riches perish by some evil circumstance, and if he have begotten a son, there is nothing in his hand.

5:15As he came forth from his mother's womb, naked shall he go away again as he came, and shall take nothing of his labour, which he may carry away in his hand.

5:16And this also is a grievous evil, that in all points as he came so doth he go away, and what profit hath he, in having laboured for the wind?

5:17All his days also he eateth in darkness, and hath much vexation, and sickness, and irritation.

5:18Behold what I have seen good and comely: it is to eat and to drink, and to enjoy good in all his labour wherewith man laboureth under the sun, all the days of his life which God hath given him: for that is his portion.

5:19Every man also to whom God hath given riches and wealth, and power to eat thereof, and to take his portion and to rejoice in his labour: that is a gift of God.

5:20For he will not much remember the days of his life, because God answereth him with the joy of his heart.

6:1There is an evil that I have seen under the sun, and it is frequent among men:

6:2one to whom God giveth riches, wealth, and honour, and 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 a sore evil.

6:3If a man beget a hundred sons, and live many years, so that the days of his years be many, but his soul be not filled with good, and also he have no burial, I say an untimely birth is better than he.

6:4For it cometh in vanity, and departeth in darkness, and its name is covered with darkness;

6:5moreover it hath not seen nor known the sun: this hath rest rather than the other.

6:6Yea, though he live twice a thousand years, yet hath he seen no good: do not all go to one place?

6:7All the labour of man is for his mouth, and yet the appetite is not filled.

6:8For what advantage hath the wise above the fool? what hath the poor, that knoweth to walk before the living?

6:9Better is the seeing of the eyes than the wandering of the desire: this also is vanity and pursuit of the wind.

6:10That which is hath already been named; and what man is, is known, and that he cannot contend with him that is mightier than he.

6:11For there are many things that increase vanity: what is man advantaged?

6:12For who knoweth what is good for man in life, all the days of his vain life which he spendeth as a shadow? for who can tell man what shall be after him under the sun?



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