Ecclesiastes 8

  1 H2450 Who is as the wise H3045 man ? and who knoweth [H8802]   H6592 the interpretation H1697 of a thing H120 ? a man's H2451 wisdom H6440 maketh his face H215 to shine [H8686]   H5797 , and the boldness H6440 of his face H8132 shall be changed [H8792]  .
  2 H8104 I counsel thee to keep [H8798]   H4428 the king's H6310 commandment H1700 , and that in regard H7621 of the oath H430 of God.
  3 H926 Be not hasty [H8735]   H3212 to go out [H8799]   H6440 of his sight H5975 : stand [H8799]   H7451 not in an evil H1697 thing H6213 ; for he doeth [H8799]   H2654 whatsoever pleaseth [H8799]   him.
  4 H1697 Where the word H4428 of a king H7983 is, there is power H559 : and who may say [H8799]   H6213 unto him, What doest [H8799]   thou?
  5 H8104 Whoso keepeth [H8802]   H4687 the commandment H3045 shall feel [H8799]   H7451 no evil H1697 thing H2450 : and a wise man's H3820 heart H3045 discerneth [H8799]   H6256 both time H4941 and judgment.
  6 H2656 Because to every purpose H3426 there is H6256 time H4941 and judgment H7451 , therefore the misery H120 of man H7227 is great upon him.
  7 H3045 For he knoweth [H8802]   H5046 not that which shall be: for who can tell [H8686]   him when it shall be?
  8 H120 There is no man H7989 that hath power H7307 over the spirit H3607 to retain [H8800]   H7307 the spirit H7983 ; neither hath he power H3117 in the day H4194 of death H4917 : and there is no discharge H4421 in that war H7562 ; neither shall wickedness H4422 deliver [H8762]   H1167 those that are given to it.
  9 H7200 All this have I seen [H8804]   H5414 , and applied [H8800]   H3820 my heart H4639 unto every work H6213 that is done [H8738]   H8121 under the sun H6256 : there is a time H120 wherein one man H7980 ruleth [H8804]   H7451 over another to his own hurt.
  10 H3651 And so H7200 I saw [H8804]   H7563 the wicked H6912 buried [H8803]   H935 , who had come [H8804]   H1980 and gone [H8762]   H4725 from the place H6918 of the holy H7911 , and they were forgotten [H8691]   H5892 in the city H6213 where they had so done [H8804]   H1892 : this is also vanity.
  11 H6599 Because sentence H7451 against an evil H4639 work H6213 is not executed [H8738]   H4120 speedily H3820 , therefore the heart H1121 of the sons H120 of men H4390 is fully set [H8804]   H6213 in them to do [H8800]   H7451 evil.
  12 H2398 Though a sinner [H8802]   H6213 do [H8802]   H7451 evil H3967 an hundred times H748 , and his days be prolonged [H8688]   H3045 , yet surely I know [H8802]   H2896 that it shall be well H3373 with them that fear H430 God H3372 , which fear [H8799]   H6440 before him:
  13 H2896 But it shall not be well H7563 with the wicked H748 , neither shall he prolong [H8686]   H3117 his days H6738 , which are as a shadow H3373 ; because he feareth H6440 not before H430 God.
  14 H3426 There is H1892 a vanity H6213 which is done [H8738]   H776 upon the earth H6662 ; that there be just H5060 men, unto whom it happeneth [H8688]   H4639 according to the work H7563 of the wicked H3426 ; again, there be H7563 wicked H5060 men, to whom it happeneth [H8688]   H4639 according to the work H6662 of the righteous H559 : I said [H8804]   H1571 that this also H1892 is vanity.
  15 H7623 Then I commended [H8765]   H8057 mirth H120 , because a man H2896 hath no better thing H8121 under the sun H398 , than to eat [H8800]   H8354 , and to drink [H8800]   H8055 , and to be merry [H8800]   H3867 : for that shall abide [H8799]   H5999 with him of his labour H3117 the days H2416 of his life H430 , which God H5414 giveth [H8804]   H8121 him under the sun.
  16 H5414 When I applied [H8804]   H3820 mine heart H3045 to know [H8800]   H2451 wisdom H7200 , and to see [H8800]   H6045 the business H6213 that is done [H8738]   H776 upon the earth H3117 : (for also there is that neither day H3915 nor night H7200 seeth [H8802]   H8142 sleep H5869 with his eyes:)
  17 H7200 Then I beheld [H8804]   H4639 all the work H430 of God H120 , that a man H3201 cannot [H8799]   H4672 find out [H8800]   H4639 the work H6213 that is done [H8738]   H8121 under the sun H834 : because H7945 though H120 a man H5998 labour [H8799]   H1245 to seek it out [H8763]   H4672 , yet he shall not find [H8799]   H2450 it; yea further; though a wise H559 man think [H8799]   H3045 to know [H8800]   H3201 it, yet shall he not be able [H8799]   H4672 to find [H8800]   it .
ERV(i) 1 Who is as the wise man? and who knoweth the interpretation of a thing? A man’s wisdom maketh his face to shine, and the hardness of his face is changed. 2 I [counsel thee], Keep the king’s command, and that in regard of the oath of God. 3 Be not hasty to go out of his presence; persist not in an evil thing: for he doeth whatsoever pleaseth him. 4 Because the king’s word [hath ]power; and who may say unto him, What doest thou? 5 Whoso keepeth the commandment shall know no evil thing; and a wise man’s heart discerneth time and judgment: 6 for to every purpose there is a time and judgment; because the misery of man is great upon him: 7 for he knoweth not that which shall be; for who can tell him how it shall be? 8 There is no man that hath power over the spirit to retain the spirit; neither hath he power over the day of death; and there is no discharge in [that ]war: neither shall wickedness deliver him that is 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 hath power over another to his hurt. 10 And withal I saw the wicked buried, and they came [to the grave]; and they that had done right went away from the holy place, and were forgotten in the city: this also is vanity. 11 Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil. 12 Though a sinner do evil an hundred times, and prolong his [days], yet surely I know that it shall be well with them that fear 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 feareth not before God. 14 There is a vanity which is done upon the earth; that there be righteous 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 in his labour [all ]the days of his life which God hath given him under the sun. 16 When I applied mine heart to know wisdom, 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 man cannot find out the work that is done under the sun: because however much a man labour to seek it out, yet he shall not find it; yea moreover, though a wise man think to know it, yet shall he not be able to find it.