9 So I reflected on all this and concluded that the righteous and the wise and what they do are in God’s hands, but no one knows whether love or hate awaits them.w 2 All share a common destiny—the righteous and the wicked, the good and the bad,a the clean and the unclean, those who offer sacrifices and those who do not.
As it is with the good,
so with the sinful;
as it is with those who take oaths,
so with those who are afraid to take them.x
3 This is the evil in everything that happens under the sun: The same destiny overtakes all.y The hearts of people, moreover, are full of evil and there is madness in their hearts while they live,z and afterward they join the dead.a 4 Anyone who is among the living has hopeb—even a live dog is better off than a dead lion!
but the dead know nothing;b
they have no further reward,
and their jealousy have long since vanished;
never again will they have a part
in anything that happens under the sun.e
7 Go, eat your food with gladness, and drink your winef with a joyful heart,g for God has already approved what you do. 8 Always be clothed in white,h and always anoint your head with oil. 9 Enjoy life with your wife,i whom you love, all the days of this meaningless life that God has given you under the sun—all your meaningless days. For this is your lotj in life and in your toilsome labor under the sun. 10 Whateverk your hand finds to do, do it with all your might,l for in the realm of the dead,m where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom.n
The race is not to the swift
or the battle to the strong,o
nor does food come to the wisep
or wealth to the brilliant
or favor to the learned;
As fish are caught in a cruel net,
or birds are taken in a snare,
so people are trapped by evil timess
that fall unexpectedly upon them.t
13 I also saw under the sun this example of wisdomu that greatly impressed me: 14 There was once a small city with only a few people in it. And a powerful king came against it, surrounded it and built huge siege works against it. 15 Now there lived in that city a man poor but wise, and he saved the city by his wisdom. But nobody remembered that poor man.v 16 So I said, “Wisdom is better than strength.” But the poor man’s wisdom is despised, and his words are no longer heeded.w
than the shouts of a ruler of fools.
18 Wisdomx is better than weapons of war,
but one sinner destroys much good.
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