King James Version
A Common Destiny for All
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.
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.
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.
4 For to him that is joined to all the living there is hope:
for a living dog is better than a dead lion.
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.
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.
7 Go thy way, eat thy bread with joy, and drink thy wine
with a merry heart; for God now accepteth thy works.
8 Let thy garments be always white; and let thy head lack no
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
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.
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.
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.
Wisdom Better Than Folly
13 This wisdom have I seen also under the sun, and it seemed
great unto me:
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:
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
16 Then said I, Wisdom is better than strength: nevertheless
the poor man's wisdom is despised, and his words are not
17 The words of wise men are heard in quiet more than the
cry of him that ruleth among fools.
18 Wisdom is better than weapons of war: but one sinner
destroyeth much good.1
References and notes
1. King James Authorized Version
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