1 H5414 For all this I laid H3820 to my heart, H952 even to explore H6662 all this: that the righteous, H2450 and the wise, H5652 and their works, H3027 are in the hand H430 of God; H160 whether it be love H1571 or H8135 hatred, H120 man H3045 knoweth H6440 it not; all is before them.
2 H259 All things come alike to all: there is one H4745 event H6662 to the righteous H7563 and to the wicked; H2896 to the good H2889 and to the clean H2931 and to the unclean; H2076 to him that sacrificeth H834 and to him that H2076 sacrificeth H2896 not; as is the good, H2398 so is the sinner; H7650 and he that sweareth, H3373 as he that feareth H7621 an oath.
3 H7451 This is an evil H6213 in all that is done H8121 under the sun, H259 that there is one H4745 event H3820 unto all: yea also, the heart H1121 of the sons H120 of men H4390 is full H7451 of evil, H1947 and madness H3824 is in their heart H2416 while they live, H310 and after H4191 that they go to the dead.
4 H4310 For H3426 to him that is H2266 joined H2416 with all the living H986 there is hope; H2416 for a living H3611 dog H2896 is better H4191 than a dead H738 lion.
5 H2416 For the living H3045 know H4191 that they shall die: H4191 but the dead H3045 know H3972 not anything, H7939 neither have they any more a reward; H2143 for the memory H7911 of them is forgotten.
6 H160 As well their love, H8135 as their hatred H7068 and their envy, H6 is perished H3528 long ago; H2506 neither have they any more a portion H5769 for ever H6213 in anything that is done H8121 under the sun.
7 H3212 Go thy way, H398 eat H3899 thy bread H8057 with joy, H8354 and drink H3196 thy wine H2896 with a merry H3820 heart; H430 for God H3528 hath already H7521 accepted H4639 thy works.
8 H899 Let thy garments H6256 be always H3836 white; H7218 and let not thy head H2637 lack H8081 oil.
9 H2416 Live H7200 joyfully H802 with the wife H157 whom thou lovest H3117 all the days H2416 of thy life H1892 of vanity, H5414 which he hath given H8121 thee under the sun, H3117 all thy days H1892 of vanity: H2506 for that is thy portion H2416 in life, H5999 and in thy labor H6001 wherein thou laborest H8121 under the sun.
10 H3027 Whatsoever thy hand H4672 findeth H6213 to do, H6213 do H3581 it with thy might; H4639 for there is no work, H2808 nor device, H1847 nor knowledge, H2451 nor wisdom, H7585 in Sheol, H1980 whither thou goest.
11 H7725 I returned, H7200 and saw H8121 under the sun, H4793 that the race H7031 is not to the swift, H4421 nor the battle H1368 to the strong, H3899 neither yet bread H2450 to the wise, H6239 nor yet riches H995 to men of understanding, H2580 nor yet favor H3045 to men of skill; H6256 but time H6294 and chance H7136 happeneth to them all.
12 H120 For man H3045 also knoweth H6256 not his time: H1709 as the fishes H270 that are taken H7451 in an evil H4685 net, H6833 and as the birds H270 that are caught H6341 in the snare, H1992 even so H1121 are the sons H120 of men H3369 snared H7451 in an evil H6256 time, H5307 when it falleth H6597 suddenly upon them.
13 H7200 I have also seen H2451 wisdom H8121 under the sun H2090 on this H1419 wise, and it seemed great unto me:
14 H6996 There was a little H5892 city, H4592 and few H582 men H935 within it; and there came H1419 a great H4428 king H5437 against it, and besieged H1129 it, and built H1419 great H4685 bulwarks against it.
15 H4672 Now there was found H4542 in it a poor H2450 wise H376 man, H2451 and he by his wisdom H4422 delivered H5892 the city; H120 yet no man H2142 remembered H4542 that same poor H376 man.
16 H559 Then said H2451 I, Wisdom H2896 is better H1369 than strength: H4542 nevertheless the poor man's H2451 wisdom H959 is despised, H1697 and his words H8085 are not heard.
17 H1697 The words H2450 of the wise H8085 heard H5183 in quiet H2201 are better than the cry H4910 of him that ruleth H3684 among fools.