7:1Better is a name than good perfume, And the day of death than the day of birth.
7:2Better to go unto a house of mourning, Than to go unto a house of banqueting, For that is the end of all men, And the living layeth it unto his heart.
7:3Better is sorrow than laughter, For by the sadness of the face the heart becometh better.
7:4The heart of the wise is in a house of mourning, And the heart of fools in a house of mirth.
7:5Better to hear a rebuke of a wise man, Than for a man to hear a song of fools,
7:6For as the noise of thorns under the pot, So is the laughter of a fool, even this is vanity.
7:7Surely oppression maketh the wise mad, And a gift destroyeth the heart.
7:8Better is the latter end of a thing than its beginning, Better is the patient of spirit, than the haughty of spirit.
7:9Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry, For anger in the bosom of fools resteth.
7:10Say not thou, `What was it, That the former days were better than these?' For thou hast not asked wisely of this.
7:11Wisdom is good with an inheritance, And an advantage it is to those beholding the sun.
7:12For wisdom is a defense, money is a defence, And the advantage of the knowledge of wisdom is, She reviveth her possessors.
7:13See the work of God, For who is able to make straight that which He made crooked?
7:14In a day of prosperity be in gladness, And in a day of evil consider. Also this over-against that hath God made, To the intent that man doth not find anything after him.
7:15The whole I have considered in the days of my vanity. There is a righteous one perishing in his righteousness, and there is a wrong-doer prolonging himself in his wrong.
7:16Be not over-righteous, nor show thyself too wise, why art thou desolate?
7:17Do not much wrong, neither be thou a fool, why dost thou die within thy time?
7:18It is good that thou dost lay hold on this, and also, from that withdrawest not thy hand, for whoso is fearing God goeth out with them all.
7:19The wisdom giveth strength to a wise man, more than wealth the rulers who have been in a city.
7:20Because there is not a righteous man on earth that doth good and sinneth not.
7:21Also to all the words that they speak give not thy heart, that thou hear not thy servant reviling thee.
7:22For many times also hath thy heart known that thou thyself also hast reviled others.
7:23All this I have tried by wisdom; I have said, `I am wise,' and it is far from me.
7:24Far off is that which hath been, and deep, deep, who doth find it?
7:25I have turned round, also my heart, to know and to search, and to seek out wisdom, and reason, and to know the wrong of folly, and of foolishness the madness.
7:26And I am finding more bitter than death, the woman whose heart is nets and snares, her hands are bands; the good before God escapeth from her, but the sinner is captured by her.
7:27See, this I have found, said the Preacher, one to one, to find out the reason
7:28(that still my soul had sought, and I had not found), One man, a teacher, I have found, and a woman among all these I have not found.
7:29See, this alone I have found, that God made man upright, and they -- they have sought out many devices.
8:1Who is as the wise? and who knoweth the interpretation of a thing? The wisdom of man causeth his face to shine, and the hardness of his face is changed.
8:2I pray thee, the commandment of a king keep, even for the sake of the oath of God.
8:3Be not troubled at his presence, thou mayest go, stand not in an evil thing, for all that he pleaseth he doth.
8:4Where the word of a king is power is, and who saith to him, `What dost thou?'
8:5Whoso is keeping a command knoweth no evil thing, and time and judgment the heart of the wise knoweth.
8:6For to every delight there is a time and a judgment, for the misfortune of man is great upon him.
8:7For he knoweth not that which shall be, for when it shall be who declareth to him?
8:8There is no man ruling over the spirit to restrain the spirit, and there is no authority over the day of death, and there is no discharge in battle, and wickedness delivereth not its possessors.
8:9All this I have seen so as to give my heart to every work that hath been done under the sun; a time that man hath ruled over man to his own evil.
8:10And so I have seen the wicked buried, and they went in, even from the Holy Place they go, and they are forgotten in the city whether they had so done. This also is vanity.
8:11Because sentence hath not been done on an evil work speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of man is full within them to do evil.
8:12Though a sinner is doing evil a hundred times, and prolonging himself for it, surely also I know that there is good to those fearing God, who fear before Him.
8:13And good is not to the wicked, and he doth not prolong days as a shadow, because he is not fearing before God.
8:14There is a vanity that hath been done upon the earth, that there are righteous ones unto whom it is coming according to the work of the wicked, and there are wicked ones unto whom it is coming according to the work of the righteous. I have said that this also is vanity.
8:15And I have praised mirth because there is no good to man under the sun except to eat and to drink, and to rejoice, and it remaineth with him of his labour the days of his life that God hath given to him under the sun.
8:16When I gave my heart to know wisdom and to see the business that hath been done on the earth, (for there is also a spectator in whose eyes sleep is not by day and by night),
8:17then I considered all the work of God, that man is not able to find out the work that hath been done under the sun, because though man labour to seek, yet he doth not find; and even though the wise man speak of knowing he is not able to find.
9:1But all this I have laid unto my heart, so as to clear up the whole of this, that the righteous and the wise, and their works, are in the hand of God, neither love nor hatred doth man know, the whole is before them.
9:2The whole is as to the whole; one event is to the righteous and to the wicked, to the good, and to the clean, and to the unclean, and to him who is sacrificing, and to him who is not sacrificing; as is the good, so is the sinner, he who is swearing as he who is fearing an oath.
9:3This is an evil among all that hath been done under the sun, that one event is to all, and also the heart of the sons of man is full of evil, and madness is in their heart during their life, and after it -- unto the dead.
9:4But to him who is joined unto all the living there is confidence, for to a living dog it is better than to the dead lion.
9:5For the living know that they die, and the dead know not anything, and there is no more to them a reward, for their remembrance hath been forgotten.
9:6Their love also, their hatred also, their envy also, hath already perished, and they have no more a portion to the age in all that hath been done under the sun.
9:7Go, eat with joy thy bread, and drink with a glad heart thy wine, for already hath God been pleased with thy works.
9:8At all times let thy garments be white, and let not perfume be lacking on thy head.
9:9See life with the wife whom thou hast loved, all the days of the life of thy vanity, that He hath given to thee under the sun, all the days of thy vanity, for it is thy portion in life, even of thy labour that thou art labouring at under the sun.
9:10All that thy hand findeth to do, with thy power do, for there is no work, and device, and knowledge, and wisdom in Sheol whither thou art going.
9:11I have turned so as to see under the sun, that not to the swift is the race, nor to the mighty the battle, nor even to the wise bread, nor even to the intelligent wealth, nor even to the skilful grace, for time and chance happen with them all.
9:12For even man knoweth not his time; as fish that are taken hold of by an evil net, and as birds that are taken hold of by a snare, like these are the sons of man snared at an evil time, when it falleth upon them suddenly.
9:13This also I have seen: wisdom under the sun, and it is great to me.
9:14A little city, and few men in it, and a great king hath come unto it, and hath surrounded it, and hath built against it great bulwarks;
9:15and there hath been found in it a poor wise man, and he hath delivered the city by his wisdom, and men have not remembered that poor man!
9:16And I said, `Better is wisdom than might, and the wisdom of the poor is despised, and his words are not heard.' --
9:17The words of the wise in quiet are heard, More than the cry of a ruler over fools.
9:18Better is wisdom than weapons of conflict, And one sinner destroyeth much good!