None have power to avoid death—It will not be well with the wicked; he turns to pleasure and cannot find wisdom.
1 Who is as the wise man? and who knoweth the interpretation of a thing? a man’s wisdom maketh his face to ashine, and the boldness of his face shall be changed.
2 I counsel thee to keep the aking’s commandment, and that in regard of the oath of God.
3 Be not hasty to go out of his sight: stand not in an evil thing; for he doeth whatsoever pleaseth him.
4 Where the word of a king is, there is power: and who may say unto him, What doest thou?
5 Whoso keepeth the acommandment shall feel no evil thing: and a wise man’s heart discerneth both btime and judgment.
6 ¶ Because to every purpose there is time and judgment, therefore the misery of man is great upon him.
7 For he knoweth not that which shall be: for who can tell him when it shall be?
8 There is no man that hath power over the spirit to retain the spirit; neither hath he power in the day of adeath: and there is no discharge in that war; neither shall wickedness bdeliver those that are given to it.
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.
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.
11 Because sentence against an evil work is not executed aspeedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully bset in them to do evil.
12 ¶ Though a sinner do evil an hundred times, and his days be prolonged, yet surely I know that it shall be awell with them that bfear God, which fear before him:
13 But it shall not be well with the wicked, neither shall he prolong his days, which are as a shadow; because he afeareth not before God.
14 There is a avanity which is done upon the earth; that there be bjust 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.
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.
16 ¶ When I applied mine heart to know awisdom, 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:)
17 Then I beheld all the work of God, that a man cannot find out the awork 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 bwise man think to know it, yet shall he not be able to find it.