THE HOLY BIBLE Douay-Rheims

Ecclesiastes (Author Solomon)

7:1¤ A good name is better than precious ointments: and the day of death than the day of one's birth.

7:2It 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.

7:3Anger is better than laughter: because by the sadness of the countenance the mind of the offender is corrected.

7:4The heart of the wise is where there is mourning, and the heart of fools where there is mirth.

7:5It is better to be rebuked by a wise man, than to be deceived by the flattery of fools.

7:6For as the crackling of thorns burning under a pot, so is the laughter of a fool: now this also is vanity.

7:7Oppression troubleth the wise, and shall destroy the strength of his heart.

7:8Better is the end of a speech than the beginning. Better is the patient man than the presumptuous.

7:9Be not quickly angry: for anger resteth in the bosom of a fool.

7:10Say not: What thinkest thou is the cause that former times were better than they are now? for this manner of question is foolish.

7:11Wisdom with riches is more profitable, and bringeth more advantage to them that see the sun.

7:12For 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.

7:13Consider the works of God, that no man can correct whom he hath despised.

7:14In 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.

7:15These 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.

7:16Be not over just: and be not more wise than is necessary, lest thou become stupid.

7:17Be not overmuch wicked: and be not foolish, lest thou die before thy time.

7:18It is good that thou shouldst hold up the just, yea and from him withdraw not thy hand: for he that feareth God, neglecteth nothing.

7:19Wisdom hath strengthened the wise more than ten princes of the city.

7:20For there is no just man upon earth, that doth good, and sinneth not.

7:21But do not apply thy heart to all words that are spoken: lest perhaps thou hear thy servant reviling thee.

7:22For thy conscience knoweth that thou also hast often spoken evil of others.

7:23I have tried all things in wisdom. I have said: I will be wise: and it departed farther from me,

7:24Much more than it was: it is a great depth, who shall find it out?

7:25I 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:

7:26And 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.

7:27Lo this have I found, said Ecclesiastes, weighing one thing after another, that I might find out the account,

7:28Which 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.

7:29Only 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?

8:1¤ The wisdom of a man shineth in his countenance, and the most mighty will change his face.

8:2I observe the mouth of the king, and the commandments of the oath of God.

8:3Be not hasty to depart from his face, and do not continue in an evil work: for he will do all that pleaseth him:

8:4And his word is full of power: neither can any man say to him: Why dost thou so?

8:5He that keepeth the commandment, shall find no evil. The heart of a wise man understandeth time and answer.

8:6There is a time and opportunity for every business, and great affliction for man:

8:7Because he is ignorant of things past, and things to come he cannot know by any messenger.

8:8It 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.

8:9All 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.

8:10I 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.

8:11For because sentence is not speedily pronounced against the evil, the children of men commit evils without any fear.

8:12But 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.

8:13But 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.

8:14There 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.

8:15Therefore 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.

8:16And 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.

8:17And 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.

9:1¤ All these things have I considered in my heart, that I might carefully understand them: there are just men and wise men, and their works are in the hand of God: and yet man knoweth not whether he be worthy of love, or hatred:

9:2But all things are kept uncertain for the time to come, because all things equally happen to the just and to the wicked, to the good and to the evil, to the clean and to the unclean, to him that offereth victims, and to him that despiseth sacrifices. As the good is, so also is the sinner: as the perjured, so he also that sweareth truth.

9:3This is a very great evil among all things that are done under the sun, that the same things happen to all men: whereby also the hearts of the children of men are filled with evil, and with contempt while they live, and afterwards they shall be brought down to hell.

9:4There is no man that liveth always, or that hopeth for this: a living dog is better than a dead lion.

9:5For the living know that they shall die, but the dead know nothing more, neither have they a reward any more: for the memory of them is forgotten.

9:6Their love also, and their hatred, and their envy are all perished, neither have they any part in this world, and in the work that is done under the sun.

9:7Go then, and eat thy bread with joy, and drink thy wine with gladness: because thy works please God.

9:8At all times let thy garments be white, and let not oil depart from thy head.

9:9Live joyfully with the wife whom thou lovest, all the days of thy unsteady life, which are given to thee under the sun, all the time of thy vanity: for this is thy portion in life, and in thy labour wherewith thou labourest under the sun.

9:10Whatsoever thy hand is able to do, do it earnestly: for neither work, nor reason, nor wisdom, nor knowledge shall be in hell, whither thou art hastening.

9:11I turned me to another thing, and I saw that under the sun, the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, nor bread to the wise, nor riches to the learned, nor favour to the skilful: but time and chance in all.

9:12Man knoweth not his own end: but as fishes are taken with the hook, and as birds are caught with the snare, so men are taken in the evil time, when it shall suddenly come upon them.

9:13This wisdom also I have seen under the sun, and it seemed to me to be very great:

9:14A little city, and few men in it: there came against it a great king, and invested it, and built bulwarks round about it, and the siege was perfect.

9:15Now there was found in it a man poor and wise, and he delivered the city by his wisdom, and no man afterward remembered that poor man.

9:16And I said that wisdom is better than strength: how then is the wisdom of the poor man slighted, and his words not heard?

9:17The words of the wise are heard in silence, more than the cry of a prince among fools.

9:18Better is wisdom, than weapons of war: and he that shall offend in one, shall lose many good things.



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