1 For I have taken all this to my heart and explain 1it that righteous men, wise men, and their deeds are ain the hand of God. bMan does not know whether it will be clove or hatred; anything 2awaits him.
2 aIt is the same for all. There is bone fate for the righteous and for the wicked; for the good, for the clean and for the unclean; for the man who offers a sacrifice and for the one who does not sacrifice. As the good man is, so is the sinner; as the swearer is, so is the one who 1is afraid to swear.
3 This is an evil in all that is done under the sun, that there is aone fate for all men. Furthermore, bthe hearts of the sons of men are full of evil and cinsanity is in their hearts throughout their lives. Afterwards they go to the dead.
6 Indeed their love, their hate and their zeal have already perished, and they will no longer have a ashare in all that is done under the sun.
7 Go then, aeat your bread in happiness and drink your wine with a cheerful heart; for God has already approved your works.
9 Enjoy life with the woman whom you love all the days of your 1afleeting life which He has given to you under the sun2; for this is your breward in life and in your toil in which you have labored under the sun.
11 I again saw under the sun that the arace is not to the swift and the bbattle is not to the warriors, and neither is bread to the wise nor cwealth to the discerning nor favor to men of ability; for time and dchance overtake them all.
13 Also this I came to see as wisdom under the sun, and 1it impressed me.
14 There awas a small city with few men in it and a great king came to it, surrounded it and constructed large siegeworks against it.
16 So I said, “aWisdom is better than strength.” But the wisdom of the poor man is despised and his words are not heeded.
17 The awords of the wise heard in quietness are better than the shouting of a ruler among fools.
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