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Ecclesiastes 1: 1-18

1  The words1697 of the Preacher,6953 the son1121 of David,1732 king4428 in Jerusalem.3389

2  Vanity1892 of vanities,1892 saith559 the Preacher,6953 vanity1892 of vanities;1892 all3605 is vanity.1892

3  What4100 profit3504 hath a man120 of all3605 his labor5999 which he taketh7945 5998 under8478 the sun?8121

4  One generation1755 passeth away,1980 and another generation1755 cometh:935 but the earth776 abideth5975 forever.5769

5  The sun8121 also ariseth,2224 and the sun8121 goeth down,935 and hasteth7602 to413 his place4725 where8033 he1931 arose.2224

6  The wind7307 goeth1980 toward413 the south,1864 and turneth about5437 unto413 the north;6828 it whirleth about1980 continually,5437 5437 and the wind7307 returneth again7725 according5921 to his circuits.5439

7  All3605 the rivers5158 run1980 into413 the sea;3220 yet the sea3220 is not369 full;4392 unto413 the place4725 from whence the rivers7945 5158 come,1980 thither8033 they1992 return7725 again.1980

8  All3605 things1697 are full of labor;3023 man376 cannot3201 3808 utter1696 it: the eye5869 is not3808 satisfied7646 with seeing,7200 nor3808 the ear241 filled4390 with hearing.4480 8085

9  The thing4100 that hath been,7945 1961 it1931 is that which shall be;7945 1961 and that4100 which is done7945 6213 is that1931 which shall be done:7945 6213 and there is no369 3605 new2319 thing under8478 the sun.8121

10  Is there3426 any thing1697 whereof it may be said,7945 559 See,7200 this2088 is new?2319 it1931 hath been1961 already3528 of old time,5769 which834 was1961 before4480 6440 us.

11  There is no369 remembrance2146 of former7223 things; neither1571 3808 shall there be1961 any remembrance2146 of things that are to come7945 1961 with5973 those that shall come7945 1961 after.314

12  I589 the Preacher6953 was1961 king4428 over5921 Israel3478 in Jerusalem.3389

13  And I gave5414 853 my heart3820 to seek1875 and search out8446 by wisdom2451 concerning5921 all3605 things that834 are done6213 under8478 heaven:8064 this1931 sore7451 travail6045 hath God430 given5414 to the sons1121 of man120 to be exercised6031 therewith.

14  I have seen7200 853 all3605 the works4639 that are done7945 6213 under8478 the sun;8121 and, behold,2009 all3605 is vanity1892 and vexation7469 of spirit.7307

15  That which is crooked5791 cannot3201 3808 be made straight:8626 and that which is wanting2642 cannot3201 3808 be numbered.4487

16  I589 communed1696 with5973 mine own heart,3820 saying,559 Lo,2009 I589 am come to great estate,1431 and have gotten more3254 wisdom2451 than5921 all3605 they that834 have been1961 before6440 me in5921 Jerusalem:3389 yea, my heart3820 had great7235 experience7200 of wisdom2451 and knowledge.1847

17  And I gave5414 my heart3820 to know3045 wisdom,2451 and to know3045 madness1947 and folly:5531 I perceived3045 that this2088 also7945 1571 is vexation7475 of spirit.7307

18  For3588 in much7230 wisdom2451 is much7230 grief:3708 and he that increaseth3254 knowledge1847 increaseth3254 sorrow.4341

Ecclesiastes 2: 1-26

1  I589 said559 in mine heart,3820 Go to1980 now,4994 I will prove5254 thee with mirth,8057 therefore enjoy7200 pleasure:2896 and, behold,2009 this1931 also1571 is vanity.1892

2  I said559 of laughter,7814 It is mad:1984 and of mirth,8057 What4100 doeth6213 it?2090

3  I sought8446 in mine heart3820 to give4900 853 myself1320 unto wine,3196 yet acquainting5090 mine heart3820 with wisdom;2451 and to lay hold270 on folly,5531 till5704 834 I might see7200 what335 was that2088 good2896 for the sons1121 of men,120 which834 they should do6213 under8478 the heaven8064 all4557 the days3117 of their life.2416

4  I made me great1431 works;4639 I built1129 me houses;1004 I planted5193 me vineyards:3754

5  I made6213 me gardens1593 and orchards,6508 and I planted5193 trees6086 in them of all3605 kind of fruits:6529

6  I made6213 me pools1295 of water,4325 to water8248 therewith4480 the wood3293 that bringeth forth6779 trees:6086

7  I got7069 me servants5650 and maidens,8198 and had1961 servants born1121 in my house;1004 also1571 I had1961 great7235 possessions4735 of great1241 and small cattle6629 above all4480 3605 that were7945 1961 in Jerusalem3389 before6440 me:

8  I gathered3664 me also1571 silver3701 and gold,2091 and the peculiar treasure5459 of kings4428 and of the provinces:4082 I got6213 me men singers7891 and women singers,7891 and the delights8588 of the sons1121 of men,120 as musical instruments,7705 7705 and that of all sorts.

9  So I was great,1431 and increased more3254 than all4480 3605 that were7945 1961 before6440 me in Jerusalem:3389 also637 my wisdom2451 remained5975 with me.

10  And whatsoever3605 834 mine eyes5869 desired7592 I kept680 not3808 from4480 them, I withheld4513 not3808 853 my heart3820 from any4480 3605 joy;8057 for3588 my heart3820 rejoiced8056 in all4480 3605 my labor:5999 and this2088 was1961 my portion2506 of all4480 3605 my labor.5999

11  Then I589 looked6437 on all3605 the works4639 that my hands had wrought,7945 6213 3027 and on the labor5999 that I had labored7945 5998 to do:6213 and, behold,2009 all3605 was vanity1892 and vexation7469 of spirit,7307 and there was no369 profit3504 under8478 the sun.8121

12  And I589 turned6437 myself to behold7200 wisdom,2451 and madness,1947 and folly:5531 for3588 what4100 can the man120 do that cometh7945 935 after310 the king?4428 even 853 that which834 hath been already3528 done.6213

13  Then I589 saw7200 that7945 3426 wisdom2451 excelleth3504 folly,4480 5531 as far as light216 excelleth3504 darkness.4480 2822

14  The wise man's2450 eyes5869 are in his head;7218 but the fool3684 walketh1980 in darkness:2822 and I myself589 perceived3045 also1571 that one event7945 4745 259 happeneth7136 to854 them all.3605

15  Then said559 I589 in my heart,3820 As it happeneth4745 to the fool,3684 so it happeneth7136 even1571 to me; and why4100 was I589 then227 more3148 wise?2449 Then I said1696 in my heart,3820 that this2088 also7945 1571 is vanity.1892

16  For3588 there is no369 remembrance2146 of the wise2450 more than5973 of the fool3684 forever;5769 seeing that which now7945 3528 is in the days3117 to come935 shall all3605 be forgotten.7911 And how349 dieth4191 the wise2450 man? as5973 the fool.3684

17  Therefore I hated8130 853 life;2416 because3588 the work4639 that is wrought7945 6213 under8478 the sun8121 is grievous7451 unto5921 me: for3588 all3605 is vanity1892 and vexation7469 of spirit.7307

18  Yea, I589 hated8130 853 all3605 my labor5999 which I7945 589 had taken6001 under8478 the sun:8121 because I should leave7945 5117 it unto the man120 that shall be7945 1961 after310 me.

19  And who4310 knoweth3045 whether he shall be1961 a wise2450 man or176 a fool?5530 yet shall he have rule7980 over all3605 my labor5999 wherein I have labored,7945 5998 and wherein I have showed myself wise7945 2449 under8478 the sun.8121 This2088 is also1571 vanity.1892

20  Therefore I589 went about5437 to cause 853 my heart3820 to despair2976 of5921 all3605 the labor5999 which I took7945 5998 under8478 the sun.8121

21  For3588 there is3426 a man120 whose labor7945 5999 is in wisdom,2451 and in knowledge,1847 and in equity;3788 yet to a man120 that hath not7945 3808 labored5998 therein shall he leave5414 it for his portion.2506 This2088 also1571 is vanity1892 and a great7227 evil.7451

22  For3588 what4100 hath1933 man120 of all3605 his labor,5999 and of the vexation7475 of his heart,3820 wherein he7945 1931 hath labored6001 under8478 the sun?8121

23  For3588 all3605 his days3117 are sorrows,4341 and his travail6045 grief;3708 yea,1571 his heart3820 taketh not3808 rest7901 in the night.3915 This2088 is also1571 vanity.1892

24  There is nothing369 better2896 for a man,120 than that he should eat7945 398 and drink,8354 and that he should make his soul7200 853 5315 good2896 in his labor.5999 This2090 also1571 I589 saw,7200 that3588 it1931 was from the hand4480 3027 of God.430

25  For3588 who4310 can eat,398 or who4310 else can hasten2363 hereunto, more2351 than4480 I?

26  For3588 God giveth5414 to a man120 that is good7945 2896 in his sight6440 wisdom,2451 and knowledge,1847 and joy:8057 but to the sinner2398 he giveth5414 travail,6045 to gather622 and to heap up,3664 that he may give5414 to him that is good2896 before6440 God.430 This2088 also1571 is vanity1892 and vexation7469 of spirit.7307

Ecclesiastes 3: 1-22

1  To every3605 thing there is a season,2165 and a time6256 to every3605 purpose2656 under8478 the heaven:8064

2  A time6256 to be born,3205 and a time6256 to die;4191 a time6256 to plant,5193 and a time6256 to pluck up6131 that which is planted;5193

3  A time6256 to kill,2026 and a time6256 to heal;7495 a time6256 to break down,6555 and a time6256 to build up;1129

4  A time6256 to weep,1058 and a time6256 to laugh;7832 a time6256 to mourn,5594 and a time6256 to dance;7540

5  A time6256 to cast away7993 stones,68 and a time6256 to gather stones together;3664 68 a time6256 to embrace,2263 and a time6256 to refrain7368 from embracing;4480 2263

6  A time6256 to get,1245 and a time6256 to lose;6 a time6256 to keep,8104 and a time6256 to cast away;7993

7  A time6256 to rend,7167 and a time6256 to sew;8609 a time6256 to keep silence,2814 and a time6256 to speak;1696

8  A time6256 to love,157 and a time6256 to hate;8130 a time6256 of war,4421 and a time6256 of peace.7965

9  What4100 profit3504 hath he that worketh6213 in that wherein834 he1931 laboreth?6001

10  I have seen7200 853 the travail,6045 which834 God430 hath given5414 to the sons1121 of men120 to be exercised6031 in it.

11  He hath made6213 853 every3605 thing beautiful3303 in his time:6256 also1571 he hath set5414 853 the world5769 in their heart,3820 so that834 no4480 1097 man120 can find out4672 853 the work4639 that834 God430 maketh6213 from the beginning4480 7218 to5704 the end.5490

12  I know3045 that3588 there is no369 good2896 in them, but518 for3588 a man to rejoice,8055 and to do6213 good2896 in his life.2416

13  And also1571 that every man should eat7945 398 3605 120 and drink,8354 and enjoy7200 the good2896 of all3605 his labor,5999 it1931 is the gift4991 of God.430

14  I know3045 that,3588 whatsoever3605 834 God430 doeth,6213 it1931 shall be1961 forever:5769 nothing369 can be put3254 to5921 it, nor369 any thing taken1639 from4480 it: and God430 doeth6213 it, that men should fear7945 3372 before4480 6440 him.

15  That which hath been4100 7945 1961 is now;3528 and that1931 which834 is to be1961 hath already3528 been;1961 and God430 requireth1245 853 that which is past.7291

16  And moreover5750 I saw7200 under8478 the sun8121 the place4725 of judgment,4941 that wickedness7562 was there;8033 and the place4725 of righteousness,6664 that iniquity7562 was there.8033

17  I589 said559 in mine heart,3820 God430 shall judge8199 853 the righteous6662 and the wicked:7563 for3588 there is a time6256 there8033 for every3605 purpose2656 and for5921 every3605 work.4639

18  I589 said559 in mine heart3820 concerning5921 the estate1700 of the sons1121 of men,120 that God430 might manifest1305 them, and that they1992 might see7200 that they7945 themselves are beasts.929

19  For3588 that which befalleth4745 the sons1121 of men120 befalleth4745 beasts;929 even one thing259 befalleth4745 them: as the one2088 dieth,4194 so3651 dieth4194 the other;2088 yea, they have all3605 one259 breath;7307 so that a man120 hath no369 preeminence4195 above4480 a beast:929 for3588 all3605 is vanity.1892

20  All3605 go1980 unto413 one259 place;4725 all3605 are1961 of4480 the dust,6083 and all3605 turn to dust again.7725 413 6083

21  Who4310 knoweth3045 the spirit7307 of man120 that1931 goeth5927 upward,4605 and the spirit7307 of the beast929 that1931 goeth3381 downward4295 to the earth?776

22  Wherefore I perceive7200 that3588 there is nothing369 better,2896 than that4480 834 a man120 should rejoice8055 in his own works;4639 for3588 that1931 is his portion:2506 for3588 who4310 shall bring935 him to see7200 what shall be4100 7945 1961 after310 him?

Ecclesiastes 4: 1-16

1  So I589 returned,7725 and considered7200 853 all3605 the oppressions6217 that834 are done6213 under8478 the sun:8121 and behold2009 the tears1832 of such as were oppressed,6217 and they had no369 comforter;5162 and on the side4480 3027 of their oppressors6231 there was power;3581 but they had no369 comforter.5162

2  Wherefore I589 praised7623 853 the dead4191 which are already7945 3528 dead4191 more than4480 the living2416 which834 1992 are yet5728 alive.2416

3  Yea, better2896 is he than both4480 8147 they, 853 which834 hath not3808 yet5728 been,1961 who834 hath not3808 seen7200 853 the evil7451 work4639 that834 is done6213 under8478 the sun.8121

4  Again, I589 considered7200 853 all3605 travail,5999 and every3605 right3788 work,4639 that3588 for this1931 a man376 is envied7068 of his neighbor.4480 7453 This2088 is also1571 vanity1892 and vexation7469 of spirit.7307

5  The fool3684 foldeth his hands together,2263 853 3027 and eateth398 853 his own flesh.1320

6  Better2896 is a handful4480 4393 3709 with quietness,5183 than both the hands2651 full4480 4393 with travail5999 and vexation7469 of spirit.7307

7  Then I589 returned,7725 and I saw7200 vanity1892 under8478 the sun.8121

8  There is3426 one259 alone, and there is not369 a second;8145 yea,1571 he hath neither369 child1121 nor brother:251 yet is there no369 end7093 of all3605 his labor;5999 neither3808 is his eye5869 satisfied7646 with riches;6239 neither saith he, For whom4310 do I589 labor,6001 and bereave2637 853 my soul5315 of good?4480 2896 This2088 is also1571 vanity,1892 yea, it1931 is a sore7451 travail.6045

9  Two8147 are better2896 than4480 one;259 because834 they have3426 a good2896 reward7939 for their labor.5999

10  For3588 if518 they fall,5307 the one259 will lift up6965 853 his fellow:2270 but woe337 to him that is alone259 when he falleth;7945 5307 for he hath not369 another8145 to help him up.6965

11  Again,1571 if518 two8147 lie together,7901 then they have heat:2552 but how349 can one259 be warm3179 alone?

12  And if518 one259 prevail against8630 him, two8147 shall withstand5975 5048 him; and a threefold8027 cord2339 is not3808 quickly4120 broken.5423

13  Better2896 is a poor4542 and a wise2450 child3206 than an old2205 and foolish3684 king,4480 4428 who834 will3045 no3808 more5750 be admonished.2094

14  For3588 out of prison4480 1004 631 he cometh3318 to reign;4427 whereas3588 also1571 he that is born3205 in his kingdom4438 becometh poor.7326

15  I considered7200 853 all3605 the living2416 which walk1980 under8478 the sun,8121 with5973 the second8145 child3206 that834 shall stand up5975 in his stead.8478

16  There is no369 end7093 of all3605 the people,5971 even of all3605 that834 have been1961 before6440 them: they also1571 that come after314 shall not3808 rejoice8055 in him. Surely3588 this2088 also1571 is vanity1892 and vexation7475 of spirit.7307

Ecclesiastes 5: 1-20

1  Keep8104 thy foot7272 when834 thou goest1980 to413 the house1004 of God,430 and be more ready7126 to hear,8085 than to give4480 5414 the sacrifice2077 of fools:3684 for they consider3045 not369 that3588 they do6213 evil.7451

2  Be not408 rash926 with5921 thy mouth,6310 and let not408 thine heart3820 be hasty4116 to utter3318 any thing1697 before6440 God:430 for3588 God430 is in heaven,8064 and thou859 upon5921 earth:776 therefore5921 3651 let thy words1697 be1961 few.4592

3  For3588 a dream2472 cometh935 through the multitude7230 of business;6045 and a fool's3684 voice6963 is known by multitude7230 of words.1697

4  When834 thou vowest5087 a vow5088 unto God,430 defer309 not408 to pay7999 it; for3588 he hath no369 pleasure2656 in fools:3684 pay7999 853 that which834 thou hast vowed.5087

5  Better2896 is it that834 thou shouldest not3808 vow,5087 than that thou shouldest vow4480 7945 5087 and not3808 pay.7999

6  Suffer5414 not408 853 thy mouth6310 to cause 853 thy flesh1320 to sin;2398 neither408 say559 thou before6440 the angel,4397 that3588 it1931 was an error:7684 wherefore4100 should God430 be angry7107 at5921 thy voice,6963 and destroy2254 853 the work4639 of thine hands?3027

7  For3588 in the multitude7230 of dreams2472 and many7235 words1697 there are also divers vanities:1892 but3588 fear3372 thou 853 God.430

8  If518 thou seest7200 the oppression6233 of the poor,7326 and violent perverting1499 of judgment4941 and justice6664 in a province,4082 marvel8539 not408 at5921 the matter:2656 for3588 he that is higher1364 than4480 5921 the highest1364 regardeth;8104 and there be higher1364 than5921 they.

9  Moreover the profit3504 of the earth776 is for all:3605 the king4428 himself is served5647 by the field.7704

10  He that loveth157 silver3701 shall not3808 be satisfied7646 with silver;3701 nor he4310 that loveth157 abundance1995 with increase:8393 this2088 is also1571 vanity.1892

11  When goods2896 increase,7235 they are increased7231 that eat398 them: and what4100 good3788 is there to the owners1167 thereof, saving3588 518 the beholding7200 of them with their eyes?5869

12  The sleep8142 of a laboring man5647 is sweet,4966 whether518 he eat398 little4592 or518 much:7235 but the abundance7647 of the rich6223 will not369 suffer5117 him to sleep.3462

13  There is3426 a sore2470 evil7451 which I have seen7200 under8478 the sun,8121 namely, riches6239 kept8104 for the owners1167 thereof to their hurt.7451

14  But those1931 riches6239 perish6 by evil7451 travail:6045 and he begetteth3205 a son,1121 and there is nothing369 3972 in his hand.3027

15  As834 he came forth3318 of his mother's517 womb,4480 990 naked6174 shall he return7725 to go1980 as he came,7945 935 and shall take5375 nothing3808 3972 of his labor,5999 which he may carry way7945 1980 in his hand.3027

16  And this2090 also1571 is a sore2470 evil,7451 that in all3605 points5980 as he came,7945 935 so3651 shall he go:1980 and what4100 profit3504 hath he that hath labored7945 5998 for the wind?7307

17  All3605 his days3117 also1571 he eateth398 in darkness,2822 and he hath much7235 sorrow3707 and wrath7110 with his sickness.2483

18  Behold2009 that which834 I589 have seen:7200 it is good2896 and comely3303 for one to eat398 and to drink,8354 and to enjoy7200 the good2896 of all3605 his labor5999 that he taketh7945 5998 under8478 the sun8121 all4557 the days3117 of his life,2416 which834 God430 giveth5414 him: for3588 it1931 is his portion.2506

19  Every3605 man120 also1571 to whom834 God430 hath given5414 riches6239 and wealth,5233 and hath given him power7980 to eat398 thereof,4480 and to take5375 853 his portion,2506 and to rejoice8055 in his labor;5999 this2090 is the gift4991 of God.430

20  For3588 he shall not3808 much7235 remember2142 853 the days3117 of his life;2416 because3588 God430 answereth6030 him in the joy8057 of his heart.3820

Ecclesiastes 6: 1-12

1  There is3426 an evil7451 which834 I have seen7200 under8478 the sun,8121 and it1931 is common7227 among5921 men:120

2  A man376 to whom834 God430 hath given5414 riches,6239 wealth,5233 and honor,3519 so that he wanteth2638 nothing369 for his soul5315 of all4480 3605 that834 he desireth,183 yet God430 giveth him not power7980 3808 to eat398 thereof,4480 but3588 a stranger376 5237 eateth398 it: this2088 is vanity,1892 and it1931 is an evil7451 disease.2483

3  If518 a man376 beget3205 a hundred3967 children, and live2421 many7227 years,8141 so that the days3117 of his years8141 be7945 1961 many,7227 and his soul5315 be not3808 filled7646 with4480 good,2896 and also1571 that he have1961 no3808 burial;6900 I say,559 that an untimely birth5309 is better2896 than4480 he.

4  For3588 he cometh935 in with vanity,1892 and departeth1980 in darkness,2822 and his name8034 shall be covered3680 with darkness.2822

5  Moreover1571 he hath not3808 seen7200 the sun,8121 nor3808 known3045 any thing: this2088 hath more rest5183 than the other.4480 2088

6  Yea,432 though he live2421 a thousand505 years8141 twice6471 told, yet hath he seen7200 no3808 good:2896 do not3808 all3605 go1980 to413 one259 place?4725

7  All3605 the labor5999 of man120 is for his mouth,6310 and yet1571 the appetite5315 is not3808 filled.4390

8  For3588 what4100 hath the wise2450 more3148 than4480 the fool?3684 what4100 hath the poor,6041 that knoweth3045 to walk1980 before5048 the living?2416

9  Better2896 is the sight4758 of the eyes5869 than the wandering4480 1980 of the desire:5315 this2088 is also1571 vanity1892 and vexation7469 of spirit.7307

10  That4100 which hath been7945 1961 is named7121 8034 already,3528 and it is known3045 that834 it1931 is man:120 neither3808 may3201 he contend1777 with5973 him that is mightier7945 8623 than4480 he.

11  Seeing3588 there be3426 many7235 things1697 that increase7235 vanity,1892 what4100 is man120 the better?3148

12  For3588 who4310 knoweth3045 what4100 is good2896 for man120 in this life,2416 all4557 the days3117 of his vain1892 life2416 which he spendeth6213 as a shadow?6738 for834 who4310 can tell5046 a man120 what4100 shall be1961 after310 him under8478 the sun?8121

Ecclesiastes 7: 1-29

1  A good name8034 is better2896 than precious2896 ointment;4480 8081 and the day3117 of death4194 than the day4480 3117 of one's birth.3205

2  It is better2896 to go1980 to413 the house1004 of mourning,60 than to go4480 1980 to413 the house1004 of feasting:4960 for834 that1931 is the end5490 of all3605 men;120 and the living2416 will lay5414 it to413 his heart.3820

3  Sorrow3708 is better2896 than laughter:4480 7814 for3588 by the sadness7455 of the countenance6440 the heart3820 is made better.3190

4  The heart3820 of the wise2450 is in the house1004 of mourning;60 but the heart3820 of fools3684 is in the house1004 of mirth.8057

5  It is better2896 to hear8085 the rebuke1606 of the wise,2450 than for a man4480 376 to hear8085 the song7892 of fools.3684

6  For3588 as the crackling6963 of thorns5518 under8478 a pot,5518 so3651 is the laughter7814 of the fool:3684 this2088 also1571 is vanity.1892

7  Surely3588 oppression6233 maketh a wise man2450 mad;1984 and a gift4979 destroyeth6 853 the heart.3820

8  Better2896 is the end319 of a thing1697 than the beginning4480 7225 thereof: and the patient750 in spirit7307 is better2896 than the proud4480 1362 in spirit.7307

9  Be not408 hasty926 in thy spirit7307 to be angry:3707 for3588 anger3708 resteth5117 in the bosom2436 of fools.3684

10  Say559 not408 thou, What4100 is1961 the cause that the former days7945 3117 7223 were1961 better2896 than these?4480 428 for3588 thou dost not3808 inquire7592 wisely4480 2451 concerning5921 this.2088

11  Wisdom2451 is good2896 with5973 an inheritance:5159 and by it there is profit3148 to them that see7200 the sun.8121

12  For3588 wisdom2451 is a defense,6738 and money3701 is a defense:6738 but the excellency3504 of knowledge1847 is, that wisdom2451 giveth life2421 to them that have1167 it.

13  Consider7200 853 the work4639 of God:430 for3588 who4310 can3201 make that straight,8626 853 which834 he hath made crooked?5791

14  In the day3117 of prosperity2896 be1961 joyful,2896 but in the day3117 of adversity7451 consider:7200 God430 also1571 hath set6213 853 the one2088 over against5980 the other,2088 to5921 the end1700 that man120 should find4672 nothing7945 3808 3972 after310 him.

15  853 All3605 things have I seen7200 in the days3117 of my vanity:1892 there is3426 a just6662 man that perisheth6 in his righteousness,6664 and there is3426 a wicked7563 man that prolongeth748 his life in his wickedness.7451

16  Be1961 not408 righteous6662 over much;7235 neither408 make thyself over wise:2449 3148 why4100 shouldest thou destroy thyself?8074

17  Be not408 over much7235 wicked,7561 neither408 be1961 thou foolish:5530 why4100 shouldest thou die4191 before3808 thy time?6256

18  It is good2896 that834 thou shouldest take hold270 of this;2088 yea, also1571 from this4480 2088 withdraw5117 not408 853 thine hand:3027 for3588 he that feareth3373 God430 shall come forth3318 853 of them all.3605

19  Wisdom2451 strengtheneth5810 the wise2450 more than ten4480 6235 mighty7989 men which834 are1961 in the city.5892

20  For3588 there is not369 a just6662 man120 upon earth,776 that834 doeth6213 good,2896 and sinneth2398 not.3808

21  Also1571 take5414 no408 heed3820 unto all3605 words1697 that834 are spoken;1696 lest834 3808 thou hear8085 853 thy servant5650 curse7043 thee:

22  For3588 oftentimes7227 6471 also1571 thine own heart3820 knoweth3045 that834 thou thyself859 likewise1571 hast cursed7043 others.312

23  All3605 this2090 have I proved5254 by wisdom:2451 I said,559 I will be wise;2449 but it1931 was far7350 from4480 me.

24  That which is4100 7945 1961 far off,7350 and exceeding deep,6013 6013 who4310 can find it out?4672

25  I589 applied5437 mine heart3820 to know,3045 and to search,8446 and to seek out1245 wisdom,2451 and the reason2808 of things, and to know3045 the wickedness7562 of folly,3689 even of foolishness5531 and madness:1947

26  And I589 find4672 more bitter4751 than death4480 4194 853 the woman,802 whose834 1931 heart3820 is snares4685 and nets,2764 and her hands3027 as bands:612 whoso pleaseth2896 6440 God430 shall escape4422 from4480 her; but the sinner2398 shall be taken3920 by her.

27  Behold,7200 this2088 have I found,4672 saith559 the preacher,6953 counting one259 by one,259 to find out4672 the account:2808

28  Which834 yet5750 my soul5315 seeketh,1245 but I find4672 not:3808 one259 man120 among a thousand4480 505 have I found;4672 but a woman802 among all3605 those428 have I not3808 found.4672

29  Lo,7200 this2088 only905 have I found,4672 that834 God430 hath made6213 853 man120 upright;3477 but they1992 have sought out1245 many7227 inventions.2810

Ecclesiastes 8: 1-17

1  Who4310 is as the wise2450 man? and who4310 knoweth3045 the interpretation6592 of a thing?1697 a man's120 wisdom2451 maketh his face6440 to shine,215 and the boldness5797 of his face6440 shall be changed.8132

2  I589 counsel thee to keep8104 the king's4428 commandment,6310 and that in regard5921 1700 of the oath7621 of God.430

3  Be not408 hasty926 to go1980 out of his sight:4480 6440 stand5975 not408 in an evil7451 thing;1697 for3588 he doeth6213 whatsoever3605 834 pleaseth2654 him.

4  Where834 the word1697 of a king4428 is, there is power:7983 and who4310 may say559 unto him, What4100 doest6213 thou?

5  Whoso keepeth8104 the commandment4687 shall feel3045 no3808 evil7451 thing:1697 and a wise man's2450 heart3820 discerneth3045 both time6256 and judgment.4941

6  Because3588 to every3605 purpose2656 there is3426 time6256 and judgment,4941 therefore3588 the misery7451 of man120 is great7227 upon5921 him.

7  For3588 he knoweth3045 not369 that4100 which shall be:7945 1961 for3588 who4310 can tell5046 him when834 it shall be?1961

8  There is no369 man120 that hath power7989 over the spirit7307 to retain3607 853 the spirit;7307 neither369 hath he power7983 in the day3117 of death:4194 and there is no369 discharge4917 in that war;4421 neither3808 shall wickedness7562 deliver4422 853 those that are given1167 to it.

9  All3605 this2088 have I seen,7200 and applied5414 853 my heart3820 unto every3605 work4639 that834 is done6213 under8478 the sun:8121 there is a time6256 wherein834 one man120 ruleth over7980 another120 to his own hurt.7451

10  And so3651 I saw7200 the wicked7563 buried,6912 who had come935 and gone1980 from the place4480 4725 of the holy,6918 and they were forgotten7911 in the city5892 where834 they had so3651 done:6213 this2088 is also1571 vanity.1892

11  Because834 sentence against6599 an evil7451 work4639 is not369 executed6213 speedily,4120 therefore5921 3651 the heart3820 of the sons1121 of men120 is fully set4390 in them to do6213 evil.7451

12  Though834 a sinner2398 do6213 evil7451 a hundred times,3967 and his days be prolonged,748 yet3588 surely1571 I589 know3045 that834 it shall be1961 well2896 with them that fear3373 God,430 which834 fear3372 before4480 6440 him:

13  But it shall not3808 be1961 well2896 with the wicked,7563 neither3808 shall he prolong748 his days,3117 which are as a shadow;6738 because834 he feareth3372 not369 before4480 6440 God.430

14  There is3426 a vanity1892 which834 is done6213 upon5921 the earth;776 that834 there be3426 just6662 men, unto whom834 413 it happeneth5060 according to the work4639 of the wicked;7563 again, there be3426 wicked7563 men, to413 whom it happeneth7945 5060 according to the work4639 of the righteous:6662 I said559 that this also2088 7945 1571 is vanity.1892

15  Then I589 commended7623 853 mirth,8057 because834 a man120 hath no369 better2896 thing under8478 the sun,8121 than3588 518 to eat,398 and to drink,8354 and to be merry:8055 for that1931 shall abide3867 with him of his labor5999 the days3117 of his life,2416 which834 God430 giveth5414 him under8478 the sun.8121

16  When834 I applied5414 853 mine heart3820 to know3045 wisdom,2451 and to see7200 853 the business6045 that834 is done6213 upon5921 the earth:776 (for3588 also1571 there is that neither369 day3117 nor night3915 seeth7200 sleep8142 with his eyes:)5869

17  Then I beheld7200 853 all3605 the work4639 of God,430 that3588 a man120 cannot3808 3201 find out4672 853 the work4639 that834 is done6213 under8478 the sun:8121 because7945 though834 a man120 labor5998 to seek it out,1245 yet he shall not3808 find4672 it; yea1571 further; though518 a wise2450 man think559 to know3045 it, yet shall he not3808 be able3201 to find4672 it.

Ecclesiastes 9: 1-18

1  For3588 853 all3605 this2088 I considered5414 in413 my heart3820 even to declare952 853 all3605 this,2088 that834 the righteous,6662 and the wise,2450 and their works,5652 are in the hand3027 of God:430 no369 man120 knoweth3045 either1571 love160 or1571 hatred8135 by all3605 that is before6440 them.

2  All3605 things come alike834 to all:3605 there is one259 event4745 to the righteous,6662 and to the wicked;7563 to the good2896 and to the clean,2889 and to the unclean;2931 to him that sacrificeth,2076 and to him that sacrificeth834 2076 not:369 as is the good,2896 so is the sinner;2398 and he that sweareth,7650 as834 he that feareth3372 an oath.7621

3  This2088 is an evil7451 among all3605 things that834 are done6213 under8478 the sun,8121 that3588 there is one259 event4745 unto all:3605 yea, also1571 the heart3820 of the sons1121 of men120 is full4390 of evil,7451 and madness1947 is in their heart3824 while they live,2416 and after310 that they go to413 the dead.4191

4  For3588 to him4310 that834 is joined2266 to413 all3605 the living2416 there is3426 hope:986 for3588 a living2416 dog3611 is better2896 than4480 a dead4191 lion.738

5  For3588 the living2416 know3045 that they shall die:7945 4191 but the dead4191 know3045 not369 any thing,3972 neither369 have they any more5750 a reward;7939 for3588 the memory2143 of them is forgotten.7911

6  Also1571 their love,160 and1571 their hatred,8135 and1571 their envy,7068 is now3528 perished;6 neither369 have they any more5750 a portion2506 forever5769 in any3605 thing that834 is done6213 under8478 the sun.8121

7  Go1980 thy way, eat398 thy bread3899 with joy,8057 and drink8354 thy wine3196 with a merry2896 heart;3820 for3588 God430 now3528 accepteth7521 853 thy works.4639

8  Let thy garments899 be1961 always3605 6256 white;3836 and let thy head7218 lack2637 no408 ointment.8081

9  Live joyfully2416 7200 with5973 the wife802 whom834 thou lovest157 all3605 the days3117 of the life2416 of thy vanity,1892 which834 he hath given5414 thee under8478 the sun,8121 all3605 the days3117 of thy vanity:1892 for3588 that1931 is thy portion2506 in this life,2416 and in thy labor5999 which834 thou859 takest6001 under8478 the sun.8121

10  Whatsoever3605 834 thy hand3027 findeth4672 to do,6213 do6213 it with thy might;3581 for3588 there is no369 work,4639 nor device,2808 nor knowledge,1847 nor wisdom,2451 in the grave,7585 whither834 8033 thou859 goest.1980

11  I returned,7725 and saw7200 under8478 the sun,8121 that3588 the race4793 is not3808 to the swift,7031 nor3808 the battle4421 to the strong,1368 neither3808 yet1571 bread3899 to the wise,2450 nor3808 yet1571 riches6239 to men of understanding,995 nor3808 yet1571 favor2580 to men of skill;3045 but3588 time6256 and chance6294 happeneth7136 to 853 them all.3605

12  For3588 man120 also1571 knoweth3045 not3808 853 his time:6256 as the fishes1709 that are taken7945 270 in an evil7451 net,4686 and as the birds6833 that are caught270 in the snare;6341 so are the sons1121 of men120 snared3369 in an evil7451 time,6256 when it falleth7945 5307 suddenly6597 upon5921 them.

13  This2090 wisdom2451 have I seen7200 also1571 under8478 the sun,8121 and it1931 seemed great1419 unto413 me:

14  There was a little6996 city,5892 and few4592 men376 within it; and there came935 a great1419 king4428 against413 it, and besieged5437 it, and built1129 great1419 bulwarks4685 against5921 it:

15  Now there was found4672 in it a poor4542 wise2450 man,376 and he1931 by his wisdom2451 delivered4422 853 the city;5892 yet no3808 man120 remembered2142 853 that same1931 poor4542 man.376

16  Then said559 I,589 Wisdom2451 is better2896 than strength:4480 1369 nevertheless the poor man's4542 wisdom2451 is despised,959 and his words1697 are not369 heard.8085

17  The words1697 of wise2450 men are heard8085 in quiet5183 more than the cry4480 2201 of him that ruleth4910 among fools.3684

18  Wisdom2451 is better2896 than weapons4480 3627 of war:7128 but one259 sinner2398 destroyeth6 much7235 good.2896

Ecclesiastes 10: 1-20

1  Dead4194 flies2070 cause the ointment8081 of the apothecary7543 to send forth5042 a stinking savor:887 so doth a little4592 folly5531 him that is in reputation3368 for wisdom4480 2451 and honor.4480 3519

2  A wise man's2450 heart3820 is at his right hand;3225 but a fool's3684 heart3820 at his left.8040

3  Yea also,1571 when he that is a fool7945 5530 walketh1980 by the way,1870 his wisdom3820 faileth2638 him, and he saith559 to every one3605 that he1931 is a fool.5530

4  If518 the spirit7307 of the ruler4910 rise up5927 against5921 thee, leave5117 not408 thy place;4725 for3588 yielding4832 pacifieth5117 great1419 offenses.2399

5  There is3426 an evil7451 which I have seen7200 under8478 the sun,8121 as an error7684 which proceedeth7945 3318 from4480 6440 the ruler:7989

6  Folly5529 is set5414 in great7227 dignity,4791 and the rich6223 sit3427 in low place.8216

7  I have seen7200 servants5650 upon5921 horses,5483 and princes8269 walking1980 as servants5650 upon5921 the earth.776

8  He that diggeth2658 a pit1475 shall fall5307 into it; and whoso breaketh6555 a hedge,1447 a serpent5175 shall bite5391 him.

9  Whoso removeth5265 stones68 shall be hurt6087 therewith; and he that cleaveth1234 wood6086 shall be endangered5533 thereby.

10  If518 the iron1270 be blunt,6949 and he1931 do not3808 whet7043 the edge,6440 then must he put to1396 more strength:2428 but wisdom2451 is profitable3504 to direct.3787

11  Surely518 the serpent5175 will bite5391 without3808 enchantment;3908 and a babbler1167 3956 is no369 better.3504

12  The words1697 of a wise man's2450 mouth6310 are gracious;2580 but the lips8193 of a fool3684 will swallow up1104 himself.

13  The beginning8462 of the words1697 of his mouth6310 is foolishness:5531 and the end319 of his talk6310 is mischievous7451 madness.1948

14  A fool5530 also is full7235 of words:1697 a man120 cannot3808 tell3045 what shall be;4100 7945 1961 and what834 shall be1961 after4480 310 him, who4310 can tell5046 him?

15  The labor5999 of the foolish3684 wearieth3021 every one of them, because834 he knoweth3045 not3808 how to go1980 to413 the city.5892

16  Woe337 to thee, O land,776 when thy king7945 4428 is a child,5288 and thy princes8269 eat398 in the morning!1242

17  Blessed835 art thou, O land,776 when thy king7945 4428 is the son1121 of nobles,2715 and thy princes8269 eat398 in due season,6256 for strength,1369 and not3808 for drunkenness!8358

18  By much slothfulness6103 the building4746 decayeth;4355 and through idleness8220 of the hands3027 the house1004 droppeth through.1811

19  A feast3899 is made6213 for laughter,7814 and wine3196 maketh merry:8055 2416 but money3701 answereth6030 853 all3605 things.

20  Curse7043 not408 the king,4428 no1571 not in thy thought;4093 and curse7043 not408 the rich6223 in thy bedchamber:2315 4904 for3588 a bird5775 of the air8064 shall carry1980 853 the voice,6963 and that which hath1167 wings3671 shall tell5046 the matter.1697

Ecclesiastes 11: 1-10

1  Cast7971 thy bread3899 upon5921 6440 the waters:4325 for3588 thou shalt find4672 it after many7230 days.3117

2  Give5414 a portion2506 to seven,7651 and also1571 to eight;8083 for3588 thou knowest3045 not3808 what4100 evil7451 shall be1961 upon5921 the earth.776

3  If518 the clouds5645 be full4390 of rain,1653 they empty7324 themselves upon5921 the earth:776 and if518 the tree6086 fall5307 toward the south,1864 or518 toward the north,6828 in the place4725 where the tree6086 falleth,7945 5307 there8033 it1933 shall be.

4  He that observeth8104 the wind7307 shall not3808 sow;2232 and he that regardeth7200 the clouds5645 shall not3808 reap.7114

5  As834 thou knowest3045 not369 what4100 is the way1870 of the spirit,7307 nor how the bones6106 do grow in the womb990 of her that is with child:4392 even so3602 thou knowest3045 not3808 853 the works4639 of God430 who834 maketh6213 853 all.3605

6  In the morning1242 sow2232 853 thy seed,2233 and in the evening6153 withhold5117 not408 thine hand:3027 for3588 thou knowest3045 not369 whether335 2088 shall prosper,3787 either this2088 or176 that,2088 or whether518 they both8147 shall be alike259 good.2896

7  Truly the light216 is sweet,4966 and a pleasant2896 thing it is for the eyes5869 to behold7200 853 the sun:8121

8  But3588 if518 a man120 live2421 many7235 years,8141 and rejoice8055 in them all;3605 yet let him remember2142 853 the days3117 of darkness;2822 for3588 they shall be1961 many.7235 All3605 that cometh7945 935 is vanity.1892

9  Rejoice,8055 O young man,970 in thy youth;3208 and let thy heart3820 cheer3190 thee in the days3117 of thy youth,979 and walk1980 in the ways1870 of thine heart,3820 and in the sight4758 of thine eyes:5869 but know3045 thou, that3588 for5921 all3605 these428 things God430 will bring935 thee into judgment.4941

10  Therefore remove5493 sorrow3708 from thy heart,4480 3820 and put away5674 evil7451 from thy flesh:4480 1320 for3588 childhood3208 and youth7839 are vanity.1892

Ecclesiastes 12: 1-14

1  Remember2142 now 853 thy Creator1254 in the days3117 of thy youth,979 while5704 834 the evil7451 days3117 come935 not,3808 nor the years8141 draw nigh,5060 when834 thou shalt say,559 I have no369 pleasure2656 in them;

2  While5704 834 the sun,8121 or the light,216 or the moon,3394 or the stars,3556 be not3808 darkened,2821 nor the clouds5645 return7725 after310 the rain:1653

3  In the day3117 when the keepers8104 of the house1004 shall tremble,7945 2111 and the strong2428 men376 shall bow themselves,5791 and the grinders2912 cease988 because3588 they are few,4591 and those that look7200 out of the windows699 be darkened,2821

4  And the doors1817 shall be shut5462 in the streets,7784 when the sound6963 of the grinding2913 is low,8213 and he shall rise up6965 at the voice6963 of the bird,6833 and all3605 the daughters1323 of music7892 shall be brought low;7817

5  Also1571 when they shall be afraid3372 of that which is high,4480 1364 and fears2849 shall be in the way,1870 and the almond tree8247 shall flourish,5006 and the grasshopper2284 shall be a burden,5445 and desire35 shall fail:6565 because3588 man120 goeth1980 to413 his long5769 home,1004 and the mourners5594 go about5437 the streets:7784

6  Or5704 ever834 3808 the silver3701 cord2256 be loosed,7368 or the golden2091 bowl1543 be broken,7533 or the pitcher3537 be broken7665 at5921 the fountain,4002 or the wheel1534 broken7533 at413 the cistern.953

7  Then shall the dust6083 return7725 to5921 the earth776 as it was:7945 1961 and the spirit7307 shall return7725 unto413 God430 who834 gave5414 it.

8  Vanity1892 of vanities,1892 saith559 the preacher;6953 all3605 is vanity.1892

9  And moreover,3148 because the preacher6953 was7945 1961 wise,2450 he still5750 taught3925 853 the people5971 knowledge;1847 yea, he gave good heed,238 and sought out,2713 and set in order8626 many7235 proverbs.4912

10  The preacher6953 sought1245 to find out4672 acceptable2656 words:1697 and that which was written3789 was upright,3476 even words1697 of truth.571

11  The words1697 of the wise2450 are as goads,1861 and as nails4930 fastened5193 by the masters1167 of assemblies,627 which are given5414 from one shepherd.4480 7462 259

12  And further,3148 by these,4480 1992 my son,1121 be admonished:2094 of making6213 many7235 books5612 there is no369 end;7093 and much7235 study3854 is a weariness3024 of the flesh.1320

13  Let us hear8085 the conclusion5490 of the whole3605 matter:1697 Fear3372 853 God,430 and keep8104 his commandments:4687 for3588 this2088 is the whole3605 duty of man.120

14  For3588 God430 shall bring935 853 every3605 work4639 into judgment,4941 with5921 every3605 secret thing,5956 whether518 it be good,2896 or whether518 it be evil.7451


À Christ seul soit la Gloire


Source; - jean leDuc