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 is love H1571 or H8135 hatred, H120 man H3045 doesn't know H6440 it; 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 to the clean, H2931 to the unclean, H2076 to him who sacrifices, H834 and to him who doesn't H2076 sacrifice. H2896 As is the good, H2398 so is the sinner; H7650 he who takes H3373 an oath, as he who fears 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 to all: yes 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 who 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 will die, H4191 but the dead H3045 don't know H3972 anything, H7939 neither do they have any more a reward; H2143 for their memory H7911 is forgotten.
6 H160 Also their love, H8135 their hatred, H7068 and their envy H6 has perished H3528 long ago; H2506 neither have they any more a portion H5769 forever H6213 in anything that is done H8121 under the sun.
7 H3212 Go your way — H398 eat H3899 your bread H8057 with joy, H8354 and drink H3196 your wine H2896 with a merry H3820 heart; H430 for God H3528 has already H7521 accepted H4639 your works.
8 H899 Let your garments H6256 be always H3836 white, H7218 and don't let your head H2637 lack H8081 oil.
9 H2416 Live H7200 joyfully H802 with the wife H157 whom you love H3117 all the days H2416 of your life H1892 of vanity, H5414 which he has given H8121 you under the sun, H3117 all your days H1892 of vanity: H2506 for that is your portion H2416 in life, H5999 and in your labor H6001 in which you labor H8121 under the sun.
10 H3027 Whatever your hand H4672 finds H6213 to do, H6213 do H3581 it with your might; H4639 for there is no work, H2808 nor device, H1847 nor knowledge, H2451 nor wisdom, H7585 in Sheol, H1980 where you are going.
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 happen to them all.
12 H120 For man H3045 also doesn't know H6256 his time. H1709 As the fish 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 falls H6597 suddenly on them.
13 H7200 I have also seen H2451 wisdom H8121 under the sun H2090 in this H1419 way, and it seemed great to me.
14 H6996 There was a little H5892 city, H4592 and few H582 men H1419 within it; and a great H4428 king H935 came H5437 against it, besieged H1129 it, and built H1419 great H4685 bulwarks against it.
15 H4542 Now a poor H2450 wise H376 man H4672 was found H2450 in it, and he by his wisdom H4422 delivered H5892 the city; H120 yet no man H2142 remembered H4542 that same poor H120 man.
16 H559 Then I said, H2451 "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 who rules H3684 among fools.