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known by multitude of words. , faving the beholding of them

4 When thou vowest a with their eyes ? vow unto God, defer not to 12 The sleep of a labourpay it, for he hath no plea- ing man is sweet, whether he sure in fools : pay that which eat little or much : but the thou hast vowed.

abundance of the rich will not 5 Better is it that thou suffer him to sleep. shouldest not vow, than that 13 There is a fore evil thou shouldest vow and not which I have seen under the pay.

fun, namely, riches kept for 6 Suffer not thy mouth to the owners thereof to their cause thy flesh to fin; nei- hurt. ther say thou before the an 14

But those riches perish gel that it was an error : by evil travail: and he begetwherefore should God be an- teth a son, and there is nogry at thy voice, and destroy thing in his hand. the work of thine hands?

15 As he came forth of his 7 For in the multitude of mother's womb, naked shall dreams and many words there he return to go as he came, are also divers vanities: but and shall take nothing of his fear thou God.

labour, which he may carry 8 9 If thou feest the op- away in his hand, preffion of the poor, and vio 16 And this also is a fore ient perverting of judgment evil, that in all points as he and justice in a province, came, fo fhall he go: and marvel not at the matter : | what profit hath he that hath for be that is higher than the laboured for the wind ? highest regardeth, and there

17 All his days also he be higher than they. cateth in darkness, and he

99 Moreover the profit of hath much forrow and wrath the earth is for all: the king vith his fickness. himself is served by the field. 18 a Behold that which I

10 He that loveth silver have seen : it is good and in:ll not be satisfied with fil- comely for one to eat and ver; nor he that loveth abun- to drink, and to enjoy the dance, with increase. This good of all his labour that also is vanity.

he taketh under the sun, all 11 When goods increase, the days of his life which they are increased that eat God giveth him : for it is his thein: and what good is portion. there to the owners thereof,l 19 Every man also to


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whom God hath given riches than the other.
and wealth, and hath given 6 Yea, though he live a
him power to eat thereof, and thousand years twice told, yet
to take his portion, and to re- hath he feen no good: do not
joice in his labour ; this is all go to one place ?
the gift of God.


All the labour of man is 20 For he shall not much for his mouth, and yet the remember the days of his appetite is not filled. life; because God answereth 8 For what hath the wise him in the joy of his heart. more than the fool? what CHAP. VI.

hath the poor that knoweth

to walk before the living?
HERE is an evil
which I have seen un-

der the fun, and it is com- the desire. This is also va-
mon among men:

nity and vexation of spirit. 2 A man to whom God

10 That which hath been hath given riches, wealth, is named already, and it is and honour, so that he want- known that it is man: neieth nothing for his soul of all ther may he contend with that he desireth, yet God him that is mightier than giveth him not power to eat he. thereof, but a stranger eateth

II & Seeing there be mait: this is vanity; and it is ny things that increase vaan evil disease.

nity, what is man the better? 3 If a man beget an

For who knoweth hundred children, and live what is good for man in this many years, so that the days life, all the days of his vain of his years be many, and his life which he spendeth as a foul be not filled with good, shadow? for who can tell a and also that he have no bu- man what shall be after hin rial; I say, that an untimely under the sun ? birth is better than he :

4. For he cometh in with CHAP. VII. vanity, and departeth in dark GOOD name is betness, and his name shall be ter than precious ointcovered with darkness.

ment: and the day of death, 5 Moreover, he hath not than the day of one's birth. seen the sun, nor known any 29 It is better to go to thing: this hath more rest the house of mourning, than


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to go to the house of feasting: 12 For wisdom is a defor that is the end of all men; fence, and money is a de-and the living will lay it to fence : but the excellency of his heart.

knowledge is, that wisdom 3 Sorrow is better than giveth life to them that have laughter; for by the fadness it. of the countenance the heart 13 Consider the work of is made better.

God: for who can make that 4 The heart of the wise is straight which he hath made in the house of mourning : crooked? but the heart of fools is in In the day of prospethe house of mirth.

rity be joyful; but in the day 5 It is better to hear the of adversity consider: God rebuke of the wise, than for also hath set the one over aa man to hear the song of gainst the other, to the end fools :

that man should find nothing 6 For as the crackling of after him. thorns under a pot, so is the 15 All things have I feen laughter of the fool. This in the days of my vanity : also is vanity.

there is a just man that pe7 T Surely oppression ma- risheth in his righteousness, keth a wise man mad, and a and there is a wicked man gift deftroyeth the heart. that prolongeth his life in his

8 Better is the end of a wickedness. thing than the beginning 16 Be not righteous overthereof: and the patient in much ; neither make thyself fpirit is better than the proud over-wise" : why shouldest in spirit.

thou destroy thyself ? 9 Be not hafty in thy

not overmuch spirit to be angry ; for anger wicked; neither be thou reiteth in the bosom of fools. foolish : why shouldest thou

10 Say not thou, What is die before thy time? the cause that the former days 18 It is good that thou were better than these? for shouldest take hold of this ; thou dost not enquire wisely yea, also from this withdraw concerning this.

not thine hand : for he that 11 Wisdom is good with feareth God shall come forth an inheritance: and by it of them all. there is profit to them that fee 19 Wisdom strengtheneth the sun.

the wife more than ten

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mighty men which are in the I found; but a woman among city.

all those have I not found. 20 For there is not a just 29 Lo, this cnly have I man upon earth that doeth found, that God hath made good, and finneth not. man upright; but they have

21 Also take no heed unto fought out many inventions. all words that are spoken, lest

thou hear thy servant curse
thee :

HO is as the wife 22

man? and who knowthine own heart knoweth eth the interpretation of a that thou thyself likewise haft thing? a man's wisdom makcursed others.

keth his face to shine, and the 23 | All this have I boldness of his face shall be proved by wisdom : I said, I changed. will be wise; but it was far 2 I counsel thee to keep the from me.

king's commandment, and 24 That which is far off, that in regard of the oath of and exceeding deep, who can God. find it out?

3 Be nøt hafty to go out 25 I applied.mine heart to cf his fight: stand not in an know and to search, and to evil thing ;' for he doeth seek out wisdom, and the whatsoever pleaseth him. reason of things, and to know 4 Where the word of a the wickedness of folly, even king is, there is power : and of foolishness and madness : who may say unto him, What

26 And I find more bitter doeft thou? than death the woman whose 5 Whoso keepeth the heart is snares and nets, and commandment shall feel no her hands as bands : whoso evil thing: and a wise man's pleaseth God shall escape heart discerneth both time from her, but the finner and judgment. shall be taken by her.

69 Because to every pur27 Behold, this have I pose there is time and judgfound, faith the Preacher, ment, therefore the misery counting one by one to find of man is great upon him. out the account;

? For he knoweth not that 28 Which yet my soul which shall be, for who can seeketh, but I find not: one tell him when it shall be ? man among a thousand have

8 There is no man that


hath power over the spirit to whom it happeneth accordretain the spirit; neither hath ing to the work of the wickbe power in the day of death : ed; again, there be wicked and there is no discharge in men to whom it happeneth that war : neither shall wick- according to the work of the cdness deliver those that are righteous. I said, that this given to it.

also is vanity. 9 All this have I seen, and 15 Then I commended applied my heart unto every inirth, because a man hath work that is done under the no better thing under the fun : there is a time wherein sun, than to eat and to drink, one man ruleth over another and to be merry: for that to his own hurt.

shall abide with him of his 10 And fo I saw the labour the days of his life wicked buried who had come which God giveth him under and gone from the place of the fun. the Holy, and they were for 16 9 When I applied mine gotten in the city where they heart to know wisdom, and had so done. This is also to fee the business that is vanity.

done upon the earth : (for 11 Because sentence a- also there is that neither day gainft an evil work is not nor night feeth sleep with his executed speedily, therefore eyes :) the heart of the sons of men 17 Then I beheld all the is fully set in them to do work of God, that a man evil.

cannot find out the work that 12 Though a finner do is done under the fun: beevil an hundred times, and cause though a man labour his days be prolonged, yet to seek it out, yet he shall surely I know that it shall be not find it; yea, farther, well with them that fear though a wise man think to God, which fear before him. know it, yer shall he not be

13 But it shall not be well able to find it. with the wicked, neither shall

CHAP. IX. he prolong his days which are as a shadow; because he OR all this I confiderfeareth not before God.

ed in my heart 14 There is a vanity declare all this, that the righwhich is done upon the earth, teous and the wife, and their that there be just men unto works are in the hand of 6

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