Ecclesiastes 9

ECB(i) 1 But all this - I gave in my heart to declare all this: that the just and the wise and their service are in the hand of Elohim; no human knows either love or hatred by all that is at their face. 2 All in all; one happening: to the just and to the wicked; to the good and to the pure and to the foul; to him who sacrifices and to him who sacrifices not; as the good, thus the sinner; he who oaths, as he who awes an oath. 3 This is an evil among all worked under the sun, one happening to all; and also, the heart of the sons of humanity is full of evil; and folly in their heart while they live: and after that - unto the dead. 4 For to whomever joins all the living there is confidence: for a living dog is better than a dead lion. 5 For the living know that they die; but the dead know naught: they have no more a hire; for their memorial is forgotten. 6 Also their love, also their hatred, also their envy already destructed; they have no more an allotment eternal in aught worked under the sun. 7 Go your way; eat your bread with cheerfulness; and drink your wine with a good heart: for Elohim is already pleased in your works. 8 Your clothes at all times become white; and your head lacks no ointment. 9 See life with the woman you love all the days of the life of your vanity which he gives you under the sun - all the days of your vanity; for that is your allotment in life and in the toil you toiled under the sun. 10 Whatever your hand finds to work, work with your force; for there is no work, or machination, or knowledge, or wisdom in sheol, where you go. 11 I returned and saw under the sun, neither is the race to the swift nor the war to the mighty nor yet bread to the wise nor yet riches to the discerning nor yet charism to the knowing: for time and coincidence happens to all. 12 For even humanity knows not his time - as the fishes held in an evil lure as the birds held in the snare thus the sons of humanity, snared in an evil time, when it falls suddenly on them. 13 This wisdom I also saw under the sun - great to me: 14 a little city and few men within; and a great sovereign came against it and surrounded it and built great lairs against it: 15 and within they found a poor wise man; and by his wisdom he rescued the city; yet no human remembered that same poor man. 16 Then I said, Better wisdom than might; the wisdom of the poor is despised and his words not heard. 17 The words of the wise are heard in rest more than the cry of him who reigns among fools. 18 Better wisdom than instruments of war; one sinner destroys abounding good.