Chapter 9

ECC.9:1 For I considered all this in my heart, so that I could declare it all: that the righteous and the wise and their works are in the hand of God. People know neither love nor hatred by anything they see before them.
ECC.9:2 All things come alike to all: One event happens to the righteous and the wicked; To the good, the clean, and the unclean; To him who sacrifices and him who does not sacrifice. As is the good, so is the sinner; He who takes an oath as he who fears an oath.
ECC.9:3 This is an evil in all that is done under the sun: that one thing happens to all. Truly the hearts of the sons of men are full of evil; madness is in their hearts while they live, and after that they go to the dead.
ECC.9:4 But for him who is joined to all the living there is hope, for a living dog is better than a dead lion.
ECC.9:5 For the living know that they will die; But the dead know nothing, And they have no more reward, For the memory of them is forgotten.
ECC.9:6 Also their love, their hatred, and their envy have now perished; Nevermore will they have a share In anything done under the sun.
ECC.9:7 Go, eat your bread with joy, And drink your wine with a merry heart; For God has already accepted your works.
ECC.9:8 Let your garments always be white, And let your head lack no oil.
ECC.9:9 Live joyfully with the wife whom you love all the days of your vain life which He has given you under the sun, all your days of vanity; for that is your portion in life, and in the labor which you perform under the sun.
ECC.9:10 Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might; for there is no work or device or knowledge or wisdom in the grave where you are going.
ECC.9:11 I returned and saw under the sun that-The race is not to the swift, Nor the battle to the strong, Nor bread to the wise, Nor riches to men of understanding, Nor favor to men of skill; But time and chance happen to them all.
ECC.9:12 For man also does not know his time: Like fish taken in a cruel net, Like birds caught in a snare, So the sons of men are snared in an evil time, When it falls suddenly upon them.
ECC.9:13 This wisdom I have also seen under the sun, and it seemed great to me:
ECC.9:14 There was a little city with few men in it; and a great king came against it, besieged it, and built great snares around it.
ECC.9:15 Now there was found in it a poor wise man, and he by his wisdom delivered the city. Yet no one remembered that same poor man.
ECC.9:16 Then I said: “Wisdom is better than strength. Nevertheless the poor man’s wisdom is despised, And his words are not heard.
ECC.9:17 Words of the wise, spoken quietly, should be heard Rather than the shout of a ruler of fools.
ECC.9:18 Wisdom is better than weapons of war; But one sinner destroys much good.”

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