The Book of Ecclesiastes of the Christian Holy Bible

Ecclesiastes (the Preacher )

Ecclesiastes 1:1 The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king  in Jerusalem. 

Ecclesiastes 1:2 Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher,  vanity of vanities; all is vanity. 

Ecclesiastes 1:3 What profit hath a  man of all his labour which he taketh under the sun? 

Ecclesiastes 1:4  One generation passeth away, and another generation  cometh: but the earth abideth for ever. 

Ecclesiastes 1:5 The sun also  ariseth, and the sun goeth down, and hasteth to his place  where he arose. 

Ecclesiastes 1:6 The wind goeth toward the south, and  turneth about unto the north; it whirleth about continually,  and the wind returneth again according to his circuits. 

Ecclesiastes 1:7  All the rivers run into the sea; yet the sea is not full; unto  the place from whence the rivers come, thither they return  again. 

Ecclesiastes 1:8 All things are full of labour; man cannot utter  it: the eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled  with hearing. 

Ecclesiastes 1:9 The thing that hath been, it is that  which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall  be done: and there is no new thing under the sun. 

Ecclesiastes 1:10  Is there any thing whereof it may be said, See, this is  new? it hath been already of old time, which was before us.  

Ecclesiastes 1:11 There is no remembrance of former things;  neither shall there be any remembrance of things that are  to come with those that shall come after.  

Ecclesiastes 1:12 I the Preacher was king over Israel in Jerusalem.  

Ecclesiastes 1:13 And I gave my heart to seek and search out by  wisdom concerning all things that are done under heaven:  this sore travail hath God given to the sons of man to be  exercised therewith. 

Holy Bible

Ecclesiastes 1:14 I have seen all the works that  are done under the sun; and, behold, all is vanity and  vexation of spirit. 

Ecclesiastes 1:15 That which is crooked cannot be  made straight: and that which is wanting cannot be  numbered. 

Ecclesiastes 1:16 I communed with mine own heart,  saying, Lo, I am come to great estate, and have gotten more  wisdom than all they that have been before me in  Jerusalem: yea, my heart had great experience of wisdom  and knowledge. 

Ecclesiastes 1:17 And I gave my heart to know  wisdom, and to know madness and folly: I perceived that  this also is vexation of spirit. 

Ecclesiastes 1:18 For in much wisdom  is much grief: and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth  sorrow.  

Chapter 2
Ecclesiastes 2:1 I said in mine heart, Go to now, I will prove thee  with mirth, therefore enjoy pleasure: and, behold, this also  is vanity. 
Ecclesiastes 2:2 I said of laughter, It is mad: and of  mirth, What doeth it? 
Ecclesiastes 2:3 I sought in mine heart to give  myself unto wine, yet acquainting mine heart with wisdom;  and to lay hold on folly, till I might see what was that  good for the sons of men, which they should do under the  heaven all the days of their life. 
Ecclesiastes 2:4 I made me great  works; I builded me houses; I planted me vineyards: 
Ecclesiastes 2:5 I  made me gardens and orchards, and I planted trees in them  of all kind of fruits: 
Ecclesiastes 2:6 I made me pools of water, to  water therewith the wood that bringeth forth trees: 
Ecclesiastes 2:7 I  got me servants and maidens, and had servants born in my  house; also I had great possessions of great and small cattle  above all that were in Jerusalem before me: 
Ecclesiastes 2:8 I gathered  me also silver and gold, and the peculiar treasure of kings  and of the provinces: I gat me men singers and women  singers, and the delights of the sons of men, as musical  instruments, and that of all sorts. 
Ecclesiastes 2:9 So I was great, and  increased more than all that were before me in Jerusalem:  also my wisdom remained with me. 
Ecclesiastes 2:10 And whatsoever  mine eyes desired I kept not from them, I withheld not my  heart from any joy; for my heart rejoiced in all my labour:  and this was my portion of all my labour. 
Ecclesiastes 2:11 Then I  looked on all the works that my hands had wrought, and on  the labour that I had laboured to do: and, behold, all was  vanity and vexation of spirit, and there was no profit under  the sun. 
Ecclesiastes 2:12 And I turned myself to behold wisdom, and  madness, and folly: for what can the man do that cometh  after the king? even that which hath been already done.   
Ecclesiastes 2:13 Then I saw that wisdom excelleth folly, as far as  light excelleth darkness. 
Ecclesiastes 2:14 The wise man’s eyes are  in his head; but the fool walketh in darkness: and I myself  perceived also that one event happeneth to them all. 
Ecclesiastes 2:15  Then said I in my heart, As it happeneth to the fool, so it  happeneth even to me; and why was I then more wise? Then  I said in my heart, that this also is vanity. 
Ecclesiastes 2:16 For  there is no remembrance of the wise more than of the fool  for ever; seeing that which now is in the days to come  shall all be forgotten. And how dieth the wise man? as the  fool. 
Ecclesiastes 2:17 Therefore I hated life; because the work that is  wrought under the sun is grievous unto me: for all is  vanity and vexation of spirit.  
Ecclesiastes 2:18 Yea, I hated all my labour which I had taken under  the sun: because I should leave it unto the man that shall be  after me. 
Ecclesiastes 2:19 And who knoweth whether he shall be a  wise man or a fool? yet shall he have rule over all my  labour wherein I have laboured, and wherein I have shewed  myself wise under the sun. This is also vanity. 
Ecclesiastes 2:20  Therefore I went about to cause my heart to despair of all  the labour which I took under the sun. 
Ecclesiastes 2:21 For there is a  man whose labour is in wisdom, and in knowledge, and in  equity; yet to a man that hath not laboured therein shall he  leave it for his portion. This also is vanity and a great  evil. 
Ecclesiastes 2:22 For what hath man of all his labour, and of the  vexation of his heart, wherein he hath laboured under the  sun? 
Ecclesiastes 2:23 For all his days are sorrows, and his travail  grief; yea, his heart taketh not rest in the night. This is also  vanity.  
Ecclesiastes 2:24 There is nothing better for a man, than that he  should eat and drink, and that he should make his soul  enjoy good in his labour. This also I saw, that it was from  the hand of God. 
Ecclesiastes 2:25 For who can eat, or who else can  hasten hereunto, more than I? 
Ecclesiastes 2:26 For God giveth to  a man that is good in his sight wisdom, and knowledge,  and joy: but to the sinner he giveth travail, to gather and to  heap up, that he may give to him that is good before God.  This also is vanity and vexation of spirit.  


Chapter 3

Ecclesiastes 3:1 To every thing there is a season, and a time to  every purpose under the heaven: 
Ecclesiastes 3:2 A time to be born,  and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up  that which is planted; 
Ecclesiastes 3:3 A time to kill, and a time to  heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; 
Ecclesiastes 3:4 A  time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a  time to dance; 
Ecclesiastes 3:5 A time to cast away stones, and a time  to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to  refrain from embracing; 
Ecclesiastes 3:6 A time to get, and a time to  lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; 
Ecclesiastes 3:7 A time  to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time  to speak; 
Ecclesiastes 3:8 A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of  war, and a time of peace. 
Ecclesiastes 3:9 What profit hath he that  worketh in that wherein he laboureth? 
Ecclesiastes 3:10 I have seen  the travail, which God hath given to the sons of men to be  exercised in it. 
Ecclesiastes 3:11 He hath made every thing beautiful  in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that  no man can find out the work that God maketh from the  beginning to the end. 
Ecclesiastes 3:12 I know that there is no good  in them, but for a man to rejoice, and to do good in his  life. 
Ecclesiastes 3:13 And also that every man should eat and drink,  and enjoy the good of all his labour, it is the gift of God.    
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Ecclesiastes 3:14 I know that, whatsoever God doeth, it shall be for  ever: nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it:  and God doeth it, that men should fear before him.  
Ecclesiastes 3:15 That which hath been is now; and that which is to be  hath already been; and God requireth that which is past.  
Ecclesiastes 3:16 And moreover I saw under the sun the place of  judgment, that wickedness was there; and the place of  righteousness, that iniquity was there. 
Ecclesiastes 3:17 I said in  mine heart, God shall judge the righteous and the wicked:  for there is a time there for every purpose and for every  work. 
Ecclesiastes 3:18 I said in mine heart concerning the estate of  the sons of men, that God might manifest them, and that  they might see that they themselves are beasts. 
Ecclesiastes 3:19 For  that which befalleth the sons of men befalleth beasts; even  one thing befalleth them: as the one dieth, so dieth the other;  yea, they have all one breath; so that a man hath no  preeminence above a beast: for all is vanity. 
Ecclesiastes 3:20 All go  unto one place; all are of the dust, and all turn to dust again.  
Ecclesiastes 3:21 Who knoweth the spirit of man that goeth upward,  and the spirit of the beast that goeth downward to the earth?  
Ecclesiastes 3:22 Wherefore I perceive that there is nothing better,  than that a man should rejoice in his own works; for that is  his portion: for who shall bring him to see what shall be  after him?  


Chapter 4

Ecclesiastes 4:1 So I returned, and considered all the oppressions  that are done under the sun: and behold the tears of such as  were oppressed, and they had no comforter; and on the side  of their oppressors there was power; but they had no  comforter. 
Ecclesiastes 4:2 Wherefore I praised the dead which are  already dead more than the living which are yet alive. 
Ecclesiastes 4:3  Yea, better is he than both they, which hath not yet been,  who hath not seen the evil work that is done under the sun.  
Ecclesiastes 4:4 Again, I considered all travail, and every right  work, that for this a man is envied of his neighbour. This  is also vanity and vexation of spirit. 
Ecclesiastes 4:5 The fool foldeth  his hands together, and eateth his own flesh. 
Ecclesiastes 4:6 Better  is an handful with quietness, than both the hands full  with travail and vexation of spirit.  
Ecclesiastes 4:7 Then I returned, and I saw vanity under the sun.  
Ecclesiastes 4:8 There is one alone, and there is not a second; yea,  he hath neither child nor brother: yet is there no end of all  his labour; neither is his eye satisfied with riches; neither  saith he, For whom do I labour, and bereave my soul of  good? This is also vanity, yea, it is a sore travail.  
Ecclesiastes 4:9 Two are better than one; because they have a good  reward for their labour. 
Ecclesiastes 4:10 For if they fall, the one will  lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he  falleth; for he hath not another to help him up. 
Ecclesiastes 4:11  Again, if two lie together, then they have heat: but how can  one be warm alone? 
Ecclesiastes 4:12 And if one prevail against  him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not  quickly broken.  
Ecclesiastes 4:13 Better is a poor and a wise child than an old and  foolish king, who will no more be admonished. 
Ecclesiastes 4:14 For  out of prison he cometh to reign; whereas also he that is  born in his kingdom becometh poor. 
Ecclesiastes 4:15 I considered all  the living which walk under the sun, with the second child  that shall stand up in his stead. 
Ecclesiastes 4:16 There is no end of  all the people, even of all that have been before them: they  also that come after shall not rejoice in him. Surely this also  is vanity and vexation of spirit.  


Chapter 5

Ecclesiastes 5:1 Keep thy foot when thou goest to the house of God,  and be more ready to hear, than to give the sacrifice of  fools: for they consider not that they do evil. 
Ecclesiastes 5:2 Be not  rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter  any thing before God: for God is in heaven, and thou  upon earth: therefore let thy words be few. 
Ecclesiastes 5:3 For a  dream cometh through the multitude of business; and a  fool’s voice is known by multitude of words. 
Ecclesiastes 5:4 When  thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay it; for he  hath no pleasure in fools: pay that which thou hast vowed.   
Ecclesiastes 5:5 Better is it that thou shouldest not vow, than that  thou shouldest vow and not pay. 
Ecclesiastes 5:6 Suffer not thy mouth  to cause thy flesh to sin; neither say thou before the angel,  that it was an error: wherefore should God be angry at thy  voice, and destroy the work of thine hands? 
Ecclesiastes 5:7 For in the  multitude of dreams and many words there are also  divers vanities: but fear thou God.  
Ecclesiastes 5:8 If thou seest the oppression of the poor, and violent  perverting of judgment and justice in a province, marvel not  at the matter: for he that is higher than the highest  regardeth; and there be higher than they.  
Ecclesiastes 5:9 Moreover the profit of the earth is for all: the king  himself is served by the field. 
Ecclesiastes 5:10 He that loveth silver  shall not be satisfied with silver; nor he that loveth  abundance with increase: this is also vanity. 
Ecclesiastes 5:11 When  goods increase, they are increased that eat them: and what  good is there to the owners thereof, saving the beholding  of them with their eyes? 
Ecclesiastes 5:12 The sleep of a labouring  man is sweet, whether he eat little or much: but the  abundance of the rich will not suffer him to sleep. 
Ecclesiastes 5:13  There is a sore evil which I have seen under the sun,  namely, riches kept for the owners thereof to their hurt.  
Ecclesiastes 5:14 But those riches perish by evil travail: and he  begetteth a son, and there is nothing in his hand. 
Ecclesiastes 5:15  As he came forth of his mother’s womb, naked shall he  return to go as he came, and shall take nothing of his labour,  which he may carry away in his hand. 
Ecclesiastes 5:16 And this also  is a sore evil, that in all points as he came, so shall he go:  and what profit hath he that hath laboured for the wind?  
Ecclesiastes 5:17 All his days also he eateth in darkness, and he hath  much sorrow and wrath with his sickness.  
Ecclesiastes 5:18 Behold that which I have seen: it is good and  comely for one to eat and to drink, and to enjoy the good  of all his labour that he taketh under the sun all the days of  his life, which God giveth him: for it is his portion. 
Ecclesiastes 5:19  Every man also to whom God hath given riches and wealth,  and hath given him power to eat thereof, and to take his  portion, and to rejoice in his labour; this is the gift of God.  
Ecclesiastes 5:20 For he shall not much remember the days of his life;  because God answereth him in the joy of his heart.  


Chapter 6

Ecclesiastes 6:1 There is an evil which I have seen under the sun,  and it is common among men: 
Ecclesiastes 6:2 A man to whom God  hath given riches, wealth, and honour, so that 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 it is an evil disease.  
Ecclesiastes 6:3 If a man beget an hundred children, and live many  years, so that the days of his years be many, and his soul be  not filled with good, and also that he have no burial; I say,  that an untimely birth is better than he. 
Ecclesiastes 6:4 For he  cometh in with vanity, and departeth in darkness, and his  name shall be covered with darkness. 
Ecclesiastes 6:5 Moreover he  hath not seen the sun, nor known any thing: this hath more  rest than the other.   
Ecclesiastes 6:6 Yea, though he live a thousand years twice told,  yet hath he seen no good: do not all go to one place? 
Ecclesiastes 6:7  All the labour of man is for his mouth, and yet the appetite  is not filled. 
Ecclesiastes 6:8 For what hath the wise more than the  fool? what hath the poor, that knoweth to walk before the  living?  
Ecclesiastes 6:9 Better is the sight of the eyes than the wandering  of the desire: this is also vanity and vexation of spirit.  
Ecclesiastes 6:10 That which hath been is named already, and it is  known that it is man: neither may he contend with him  that is mightier than he.  
Ecclesiastes 6:11 Seeing there be many things that increase vanity,  what is man the better? 
Ecclesiastes 6:12 For who knoweth what is  good for man in this life, all the days of his vain life which  he spendeth as a shadow? for who can tell a man what shall  be after him under the sun?  


Chapter 7

Ecclesiastes 7:1 A good name is better than precious ointment; and  the day of death than the day of one’s birth.  
Ecclesiastes 7:2 It is better to go to the house of mourning, than to  go to the house of feasting: for that is the end of all men;  and the living will lay it to his heart. 
Ecclesiastes 7:3 Sorrow is  better than laughter: for by the sadness of the countenance  the heart is made better. 
Ecclesiastes 7:4 The heart of the wise is in  the house of mourning; but the heart of fools is in the  house of mirth. 
Ecclesiastes 7:5 It is better to hear the rebuke of the  wise, than for a man to hear the song of fools. 
Ecclesiastes 7:6 For as  the crackling of thorns under a pot, so is the laughter of  the fool: this also is vanity.  
Ecclesiastes 7:7 Surely oppression maketh a wise man mad; and a  gift destroyeth the heart. 
Ecclesiastes 7:8 Better is the end of a thing  than the beginning thereof: and the patient in spirit is  better than the proud in spirit. 
Ecclesiastes 7:9 Be not hasty in thy  spirit to be angry: for anger resteth in the bosom of fools.  
Ecclesiastes 7:10 Say not thou, What is the cause that the former  days were better than these? for thou dost not enquire  wisely concerning this.  
Ecclesiastes 7:11 Wisdom is good with an inheritance: and by it  there is profit to them that see the sun. 
Ecclesiastes 7:12 For wisdom  is a defence, and money is a defence: but the  excellency of knowledge is, that wisdom giveth life to  them that have it. 
Ecclesiastes 7:13 Consider the work of God: for  who can make that straight, which he hath made crooked?  
Ecclesiastes 7:14 In the day of prosperity be joyful, but in the day of  adversity consider: God also hath set the one over against  the other, to the end that man should find nothing after him.  
Ecclesiastes 7:15 All things have I seen in the days of my vanity:  there is a just man that perisheth in his righteousness, and  there is a wicked man that prolongeth his life in his  wickedness. 
Ecclesiastes 7:16 Be not righteous over much; neither  make thyself over wise: why shouldest thou destroy thyself?  
Ecclesiastes 7:17 Be not over much wicked, neither be thou foolish:  why shouldest thou die before thy time? 
Ecclesiastes 7:18 It is good  that thou shouldest take hold of this; yea, also from this  withdraw not thine hand: for he that feareth God shall come  forth of them all. 
Ecclesiastes 7:19 Wisdom strengtheneth the wise  more than ten mighty men which are in the city. 
Ecclesiastes 7:20  For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good,  and sinneth not. 
Ecclesiastes 7:21 Also take no heed unto all words  that are spoken; lest thou hear thy servant curse thee: 
Ecclesiastes 7:22  For oftentimes also thine own heart knoweth that thou  thyself likewise hast cursed others.  
Ecclesiastes 7:23 All this have I proved by wisdom: I said, I will be  wise; but it was far from me. 
Ecclesiastes 7:24 That which is far off,  and exceeding deep, who can find it out? 
Ecclesiastes 7:25 I applied  mine heart to know, and to search, and to seek out wisdom,  and the reason of things, and to know the wickedness of  folly, even of foolishness and madness: 
Ecclesiastes 7:26 And I find  more bitter than death the woman, whose heart is snares  and nets, and her hands as bands: whoso pleaseth God  shall escape from her; but the sinner shall be taken by her.   
Ecclesiastes 7:27 Behold, this have I found, saith the preacher,  counting one by one, to find out the account: 
Ecclesiastes 7:28  Which yet my soul seeketh, but I find not: one man among a  thousand have I found; but a woman among all those have I  not found. 
Ecclesiastes 7:29 Lo, this only have I found, that God hath  made man upright; but they have sought out many  inventions.  


Chapter 8

Ecclesiastes 8:1 Who is as the wise man? and who knoweth the  interpretation of a thing? a man’s wisdom maketh his face  to shine, and the boldness of his face shall be changed.  
Ecclesiastes 8:2 I counsel thee to keep the king’s commandment,  and that in regard of the oath of God. 
Ecclesiastes 8:3 Be not hasty  to go out of his sight: stand not in an evil thing; for he doeth  whatsoever pleaseth him. 
Ecclesiastes 8:4 Where the word of a king  is, there is power: and who may say unto him, What doest  thou? 
Ecclesiastes 8:5 Whoso keepeth the commandment shall feel no  evil thing: and a wise man’s heart discerneth both time and  judgment.  
Ecclesiastes 8:6 Because to every purpose there is time and  judgment, therefore the misery of man is great upon him.  
Ecclesiastes 8:7 For he knoweth not that which shall be: for who can  tell him when it shall be? 
Ecclesiastes 8:8 There is no man that hath  power over the spirit to retain the spirit; neither hath he  power in the day of death: and there is no discharge in  that war; neither shall wickedness deliver those that are  given to it. 
Ecclesiastes 8:9 All this have I seen, and applied my heart  unto every work that is done under the sun: there is a time  wherein one man ruleth over another to his own hurt.  
Ecclesiastes 8:10 And so I saw the wicked buried, who had come and  gone from the place of the holy, and they were forgotten in  the city where they had so done: this is also vanity. 
Ecclesiastes 8:11  Because sentence against an evil work is not executed  speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set  in them to do evil.  
Ecclesiastes 8:12 Though a sinner do evil an hundred times, and his  days be prolonged, yet surely I know that it shall be well  with them that fear God, which fear before him: 
Ecclesiastes 8:13 But  it shall not be well with the wicked, neither shall he prolong  his days, which are as a shadow; because he feareth not  before God. 
Ecclesiastes 8:14 There is a vanity which is done upon  the earth; that there be just men, unto whom it happeneth  according to the work of the wicked; again, there be wicked  men, to whom it happeneth according to the work of the  righteous: I said that this also is vanity. 
Ecclesiastes 8:15 Then I  commended mirth, because a man hath no better thing under  the sun, than to eat, and to drink, and to be merry: for that  shall abide with him of his labour the days of his life, which  God giveth him under the sun.  
Ecclesiastes 8:16 When I applied mine heart to know wisdom, and  to see the business that is done upon the earth: (for also  there is that neither day nor night seeth sleep with his  eyes:) 
Ecclesiastes 8:17 Then I beheld all the work of God, that a man  cannot find out the work that is done under the sun: because  though a man labour to seek it out, yet he shall not find  it; yea further; though a wise man think to know it, yet  shall he not be able to find it.    

Chapter 9
Ecclesiastes 9:1 For all this I considered in my heart even to declare  all this, that the righteous, and the wise, and their works, are  in the hand of God: no man knoweth either love or hatred  by all that is before them. 
Ecclesiastes 9:2 All things come alike  to all: there is one event to the righteous, and to the  wicked; to the good and to the clean, and to the unclean; to  him that sacrificeth, and to him that sacrificeth not: as is  the good, so is the sinner; and he that sweareth, as he  that feareth an oath. 
Ecclesiastes 9:3 This is an evil among all  things that are done under the sun, that there is one event  unto all: yea, also the heart of the sons of men is full of evil,  and madness is in their heart while they live, and after that  they go to the dead.   
Ecclesiastes 9:4 For to him that is joined to all the living there is  hope: for a living dog is better than a dead lion. 
Ecclesiastes 9:5 For  the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not  any thing, neither have they any more a reward; for the  memory of them is forgotten. 
Ecclesiastes 9:6 Also their love, and  their hatred, and their envy, is now perished; neither have  they any more a portion for ever in any thing that is done  under the sun.  
Ecclesiastes 9:7 Go thy way, eat thy bread with joy, and drink thy  wine with a merry heart; for God now accepteth thy works.  
Ecclesiastes 9:8 Let thy garments be always white; and let thy head  lack no ointment. 
Ecclesiastes 9:9 Live joyfully with the wife whom  thou lovest all the days of the life of thy vanity, which he  hath given thee under the sun, all the days of thy vanity: for  that is thy portion in this life, and in thy labour which  thou takest under the sun. 
Ecclesiastes 9:10 Whatsoever thy hand  findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work,  nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave,  whither thou goest.  
Ecclesiastes 9:11 I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is  not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet  bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding,  nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance  happeneth to them all. 
Ecclesiastes 9:12 For man also knoweth not his  time: as the fishes that are taken in an evil net, and as the  birds that are caught in the snare; so are the sons of men  snared in an evil time, when it falleth suddenly upon them.  
Ecclesiastes 9:13 This wisdom have I seen also under the sun, and it  seemed great unto me: 
Ecclesiastes 9:14 There was a little city, and  few men within it; and there came a great king against it,  and besieged it, and built great bulwarks against it: 
Ecclesiastes 9:15  Now there was found in it a poor wise man, and he by his  wisdom delivered the city; yet no man remembered that  same poor man. 
Ecclesiastes 9:16 Then said I, Wisdom is better than  strength: nevertheless the poor man’s wisdom is despised,  and his words are not heard. 
Ecclesiastes 9:17 The words of wise  men are heard in quiet more than the cry of him that ruleth  among fools. 
Ecclesiastes 9:18 Wisdom is better than weapons of  war: but one sinner destroyeth much good.  


Chapter 10

Ecclesiastes 10:1 Dead flies cause the ointment of the apothecary to  send forth a stinking savour: so doth a little folly him that  is in reputation for wisdom and honour. 
Ecclesiastes 10:2 A wise  man’s heart is at his right hand; but a fool’s heart at his  left. 
Ecclesiastes 10:3 Yea also, when he that is a fool walketh by the  way, his wisdom faileth him, and he saith to every one  that he is a fool. 
Ecclesiastes 10:4 If the spirit of the ruler rise up  against thee, leave not thy place; for yielding pacifieth great  offences. 
Ecclesiastes 10:5 There is an evil which I have seen under  the sun, as an error which proceedeth from the ruler:  
Ecclesiastes 10:6 Folly is set in great dignity, and the rich sit in low  place. 
Ecclesiastes 10:7 I have seen servants upon horses, and princes  walking as servants upon the earth. 
Ecclesiastes 10:8 He that diggeth a  pit shall fall into it; and whoso breaketh an hedge, a serpent  shall bite him. 
Ecclesiastes 10:9 Whoso removeth stones shall be hurt  therewith; and he that cleaveth wood shall be endangered  thereby. 
Ecclesiastes 10:10 If the iron be blunt, and he do not whet the  edge, then must he put to more strength: but wisdom is  profitable to direct. 
Ecclesiastes 10:11 Surely the serpent will bite  without enchantment; and a babbler is no better. 
Ecclesiastes 10:12  The words of a wise man’s mouth are gracious; but the  lips of a fool will swallow up himself. 
Ecclesiastes 10:13 The  beginning of the words of his mouth is foolishness: and  the end of his talk is mischievous madness. 
Ecclesiastes 10:14 A  fool also is full of words: a man cannot tell what shall be;  and what shall be after him, who can tell him? 
Ecclesiastes 10:15 The  labour of the foolish wearieth every one of them, because he  knoweth not how to go to the city.   
Ecclesiastes 10:16 Woe to thee, O land, when thy king is a child,  and thy princes eat in the morning! 
Ecclesiastes 10:17 Blessed art  thou, O land, when thy king is the son of nobles, and thy  princes eat in due season, for strength, and not for  drunkenness!  
Ecclesiastes 10:18 By much slothfulness the building decayeth; and  through idleness of the hands the house droppeth through.  
Ecclesiastes 10:19 A feast is made for laughter, and wine maketh  merry: but money answereth all things.  
Ecclesiastes 10:20 Curse not the king, no not in thy thought; and  curse not the rich in thy bedchamber: for a bird of the air  shall carry the voice, and that which hath wings shall tell the  matter.   


Chapter 11

Ecclesiastes 11:1 Cast thy bread upon the waters: for thou shalt find  it after many days. 
Ecclesiastes 11:2 Give a portion to seven, and also  to eight; for thou knowest not what evil shall be upon the  earth. 
Ecclesiastes 11:3 If the clouds be full of rain, they empty  themselves upon the earth: and if the tree fall toward the  south, or toward the north, in the place where the tree  falleth, there it shall be. 
Ecclesiastes 11:4 He that observeth the wind  shall not sow; and he that regardeth the clouds shall not  reap. 
Ecclesiastes 11:5 As thou knowest not what is the way of the  spirit, nor how the bones do grow in the womb of her  that is with child: even so thou knowest not the works of  God who maketh all. 
Ecclesiastes 11:6 In the morning sow thy seed,  and in the evening withhold not thine hand: for thou  knowest not whether shall prosper, either this or that, or  whether they both shall be alike good.  
Ecclesiastes 11:7 Truly the light is sweet, and a pleasant thing it  is for the eyes to behold the sun: 
Ecclesiastes 11:8 But if a man live  many years, and rejoice in them all; yet let him remember  the days of darkness; for they shall be many. All that  cometh is vanity.  
Ecclesiastes 11:9 Rejoice, O young man, in thy youth; and let thy  heart cheer thee in the days of thy youth, and walk in the  ways of thine heart, and in the sight of thine eyes: but know  thou, that for all these things God will bring thee into  judgment. 
Ecclesiastes 11:10 Therefore remove sorrow from thy heart,  and put away evil from thy flesh: for childhood and youth  are vanity.  


Chapter 12

Ecclesiastes 12:1 Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy  youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw  nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them;  
Ecclesiastes 12:2 While the sun, or the light, or the moon, or the stars,  be not darkened, nor the clouds return after the rain: 
Ecclesiastes 12:3    Page 411 
Ecclesiastes   In the day when the keepers of the house shall tremble, and  the strong men shall bow themselves, and the grinders cease  because they are few, and those that look out of the  windows be darkened, 
Ecclesiastes 12:4 And the doors shall be shut in  the streets, when the sound of the grinding is low, and he  shall rise up at the voice of the bird, and all the daughters of  musick shall be brought low; 
Ecclesiastes 12:5 Also when they shall  be afraid of that which is high, and fears shall be in the  way, and the almond tree shall flourish, and the grasshopper  shall be a burden, and desire shall fail: because 
man goeth  to his long home, and the mourners go about the streets:   

Ecclesiastes 12:6 Or ever the silver cord be loosed, or the golden bowl  be broken, or the pitcher be broken at the fountain, or the  wheel broken at the cistern. 

Ecclesiastes 12:7 Then shall the dust  return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto  God who gave it.  

Ecclesiastes 12:8 Vanity of vanities, saith the preacher; all is  vanity. 

Ecclesiastes 12:9 And moreover, because the preacher was  wise, he still taught the people knowledge; yea, he gave  good heed, and sought out, and set in order many  proverbs. 

Ecclesiastes 12:10 The preacher sought to find out  acceptable words: and that which was written was  upright, even words of truth. 

Ecclesiastes 12:11 The words of the  wise are as goads, and as nails fastened by the masters of  assemblies, which are given from one shepherd. 

Ecclesiastes 12:12  And further, by these, my son, be admonished: of making  many books there is no end; and much study is a  weariness of the flesh.  

Ecclesiastes 12:13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter:  Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the  whole duty of man. 

Ecclesiastes 12:14 For God shall bring every  work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be  good, or whether it be evil.
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