2 It is the same for all, since the same event happens to the righteous and the wicked, to the good and the evil, to the clean and the unclean, to him who sacrifices and him who does not sacrifice. Whether it is love or hate, man does not know; both are before him. kfor by sadness of face the heart is made glad. 4  The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning. 10 Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might, c for there is no work or thought or knowledge or wisdom in Sheol, to which you are going. 4 For the word of the king is supreme, and dwho may say to him, “What are you doing?” 3:20; Job 34:15, [Job 34:14; Isa. 58:11]. Ecclesiastes 7:9 ESV. Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 ESV. 10 Dead flies make (AF)the perfumer's ointment give off a stench;    so a little folly outweighs wisdom and honor.2 (AG)A wise man's heart inclines him to the right,    but a fool's heart to the left.3 Even when the fool walks on the road, he lacks sense,    and he (AH)says to everyone that he is a fool.4 If the anger of the ruler rises against you, (AI)do not leave your place,    (AJ)for calmness[d] will lay great offenses to rest. Ecclesiastes 9 - ESV: But all this I laid to heart, examining it all, how the righteous and the wise and their deeds are in the hand of God. Ecclesiastes 9:10 10 Whatever your hand finds to do, p do it with your might, 3 q for there is no work or thought or knowledge or wisdom in Sheol, to which you are going. mI said, “I will be wise,” but it was far from me. 2 eIt is the same for all, since fthe same event happens to the righteous and the wicked, to the good and the evil,1 to the clean and the unclean, to him who sacrifices and him who does not sacrifice. 13 But it will snot be well with the wicked, neither will he prolong his days like ta shadow, because he does not fear before God. for he does not know ythe way to the city. Enjoy life with the wife whom you love, all the days of your vain life that he has given you under the sun, because that is your portion in life and in your toil at which you toil under the sun. so a little folly outweighs wisdom and honor. ESV: English Standard Version 2016 13 The end of the matter; all has been heard. 6:18, 19], Ps. 12 Remember also your Creator in (BU)the days of your youth, before (BV)the evil days come and the years draw near of which (BW)you will say, “I have no pleasure in them”; 2 before (BX)the sun and the light and the moon and the stars are darkened and the clouds return after the rain, 3 in the day when the keepers of the house tremble, and the strong men are bent, and the grinders cease because they are few, and (BY)those who look through the windows are dimmed, 4 and (BZ)the doors on the street are shut—when (CA)the sound of the grinding is low, and one rises up at the sound of a bird, and all (CB)the daughters of song are brought low— 5 they are afraid also of what is high, and (CC)terrors are in the way; the almond tree blossoms, the grasshopper drags itself along,[j] and desire fails, because man is going to his (CD)eternal (CE)home, and the (CF)mourners go about the streets— 6 before the silver cord is snapped, or (CG)the golden bowl is broken, or the pitcher is (CH)shattered at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the cistern, 7 and (CI)the dust returns to the earth as it was, and (CJ)the spirit returns to God (CK)who gave it. in the place where the tree falls, there it will lie. 8 So if a person lives many years, let him rejoice in them all; but let him remember othat the days of darkness will be many. 14 There is a vanity that takes place on earth, that there are righteous people uto whom it happens according to the deeds of the wicked, and there are wicked people vto whom it happens according to the deeds of the righteous. But know that for all these things t God will bring you into judgment. Whether it is love or hate, man does not know; both are before him. Whether it is … 4  He who observes the wind will not sow. 26 And I find something more qbitter than death: rthe woman whose heart is ssnares and nets, and whose hands are fetters. And who knows the interpretation of a thing? but are not washed of their filth. [e]11 If the serpent bites before it is (AS)charmed,    there is no advantage to the charmer. and he isays to everyone that he is a fool. vOne man among a thousand I found, but wa woman among all these I have not found. and if a tree falls to the south or to the north. 12 There are those who are f clean in their own eyes. I kept my heart from no pleasure , for my heart m found pleasure in all my toil , and this was my n reward for all my toil . Wisdom Better Than Folly 10 Then I saw the wicked buried. 24 That which has been is far off, and ndeep, very deep; owho can find it out? 5 There is an evil that I have seen under the sun, as it were lan error proceeding from the ruler: Ecclesiastes 9 English Standard Version (ESV) Death Comes to All 9 But all this I laid to heart, examining it all, how the righteous and the wise and their deeds are in the hand of God. Read more Share Copy 3 This is an evil in all that is done under the sun, that ethe same event happens to all. 7 nI have seen slaves oon horses, and princes walking on the ground like slaves. Whether it is love or hate, man does not know; both are before him. 18 (AD)Wisdom is better than weapons of war, but (AE)one sinner destroys much good. 2  hGive a portion to iseven, or even to eight. (BQ)Walk in the ways of your heart and (BR)the sight of your eyes. 14 There was a little city with few men in it, and a great king came against it and besieged it, building great siegeworks against it. All that comes is pvanity.2. 1 But all this I laid to heart, examining it all, c how the righteous and the wise and their deeds are d in the hand of God. Be not hasty to go from his presence. 3 Be not hasty to cgo from his presence. Do not take your stand in an evil cause, for he does whatever he pleases. Yet no one remembered that poor man. Ecclesiastes 1:13 The Hebrew term denotes the center of one's inner life, including mind, will, and emotions; Ecclesiastes 1:14 The Hebrew term hebel can refer to a “vapor” or “mere breath” (see note on 1:2) Ecclesiastes 1:14 Or a feeding on wind; compare Hosea 12:1 (also in Ecclesiastes 1:17; 2:11, 17, 26; 4:4, 6, 16; 6:9) Ecc 9:2 It is the same for all, since the same event happens to the righteous and the wicked, to the good and the evil, [fn] to the clean and the unclean, to him who sacrifices and him who does not sacrifice. 5:3], [Deut. I said that this also is vanity. 20  Even in your thoughts, ddo not curse the king. Ecclesiastes 3:22 So I saw that there is nothing better than that a man should rejoice in his work, for that is his lot. and qthe patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit. 8 No man has power to hretain the spirit, ior power over the day of death. 12:36; Acts 17:31; Rom. 29:6; Ezek. ESV: English Standard Version 2016 . 13 There are those—how g lofty are their … 23 All this I have tested by wisdom. 11 Then I considered all that my hands had done and the toil I had expended in doing it , and behold , all was o … and ithe day of death than the day of birth. Septuagint, Syriac, Vulgate; Hebrew lacks, Some Hebrew manuscripts, Targum; most Hebrew manuscripts. 16 (AY)Woe to you, O land, when your king is a child,    and your princes feast in the morning!17 Happy are you, O land, when your king is the son of the nobility,    and your princes feast at the proper time,    for strength, and not for (AZ)drunkenness!18 Through sloth the roof sinks in,    and through indolence the house leaks.19 Bread is made for laughter,    and (BA)wine gladdens life,    and (BB)money answers everything.20 Even in your thoughts, (BC)do not curse the king,    nor in your (BD)bedroom curse the rich,for a bird of the air will carry your voice,    or some winged creature tell the matter. Also, the hearts of the children of man are full of evil, and (G)madness is in their hearts while they live, and after that they go to the dead. Keep the King's Command - Who is like the wise? 10 For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. 27 Behold, this is what I found, says uthe Preacher, while adding one thing to another to find the scheme of things— 16  zWoe to you, O land, when your king is a child. Read more Share Copy 8 (K)Let your garments be always white. Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Bible Language English. and the advantage of knowledge is that vwisdom preserves the life of him who has it. 10 And whatever my eyes desired I did not keep from them . 9 1 But all this I laid to heart, examining it all, how the righteous and the wise and their deeds are in the hand of God. 12 For man wdoes not know his time. 10:42; Luke 14:14; 2 Cor. 5 As you do not know the way (BJ)the spirit comes to (BK)the bones in the womb[g] of a woman with child, so you do not know the work of God who makes everything. 18 eWisdom is better than weapons of war, but fone sinner destroys much good. 9 Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. jfor you know not what disaster may happen on earth. 10 (CP)The Preacher sought to find words of delight, and uprightly he wrote words of truth. 10 Whatever your hand finds to do, (O)do it with your might,[c] (P)for there is no work or thought or knowledge or wisdom in Sheol, to which you are going. 2  It is better to go to the house of mourning. Like fish that are taken in an evil net, and (W)like birds that are caught in a snare, so the children of man are (X)snared at an evil time, when it suddenly falls upon them. The Preacher sought to find words of delight, and uprightly he wrote words of truth. and athe hardness of his face is changed. 29 See, this alone I found, that xGod made man upright, but ythey have sought out many schemes. 6:9, 10; Heb. Read Ecclesiastes 9 in ESV and NIV using our online parallel Bible. ESV: English Standard Version 2016 . 4:5; [ch. 8 lLet your garments be always white. 19:17; Matt. Listen to Ecclesiastes 9 using the ESV Bible online. 15 And I commend joy, for man whas nothing better under the sun but to xeat and drink and be joyful, for this will go with him in his toil through the days of his life that God has given him under the sun. Ecclesiastes 9 Death Comes to All. 8  Better is the end of a thing than its beginning. and your princes feast at the proper time. 8 (CL)Vanity[k] of vanities, says (CM)the Preacher; all is vanity. kfor calmness1 will lay great offenses to rest. 2:10 portion in life and in your toil at which you toil under the sun. As the good one is, so is the sinner, and he who swears is as he who shuns an oath. 1:11; 8:10; Ps. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! 8 He who (AO)digs a pit will fall into it,    and (AP)a serpent will bite him who breaks through a wall.9 (AQ)He who quarries stones is hurt by them,    and he who (AR)splits logs is endangered by them.10 If the iron is blunt, and one does not sharpen the edge,    he must use more strength,    but wisdom helps one to succeed. Easily hear Scripture read as you study the Bible! Bible Language English. Ecclesiastes 9 The Contrast of Wisdom and Folly h A good name is better than precious ointment, and i the day of death than the day of birth. 11:9; Job 19:29; Matt. 6 For there is a time and a way efor everything, although man’s trouble4 lies heavy on him. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. 15 But there was found in it (Y)a poor, wise man, and he by his (Z)wisdom delivered the city. 112:9; Matt. (CW)Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. 9 lest I be y full and z deny you. 9 But all this I laid to heart, examining it all, chow the righteous and the wise and their deeds are din the hand of God. 10 Whatever your hand finds to do, pdo it with your might,3 qfor there is no work or thought or knowledge or wisdom in Sheol, to which you are going. 13 I have also seen this example of wisdom under the sun, and it seemed great to me. 17  Happy are you, O land, when your king is the son of the nobility. As the good one is, so is the sinner, and he who (E)swears is as he who shuns an oath. 90:3; 103:14; See ch. 5:42; Luke 6:30; 1 Tim. English Standard Version (ESV). Ecclesiastes 12:9-14 - ESV: Besides being wise, the Preacher also taught the people knowledge, weighing and studying and arranging many proverbs with great care. 1 But all this I laid to heart, examining it all, [c] [Ecclesiastes 8:14] how the righteous and the wise and their deeds are [d] Deuteronomy 33:3 in the hand of God. b and profane the name of my God. Also my l wisdom remained with me . 16 Be not overly righteous, and do not dmake yourself too wise. 11 (BE)Cast your bread upon the waters,    (BF)for you will find it after many days.2 (BG)Give a portion to (BH)seven, or even to eight,    (BI)for you know not what disaster may happen on earth.3 If the clouds are full of rain,    they empty themselves on the earth,and if a tree falls to the south or to the north,    in the place where the tree falls, there it will lie.4 He who observes the wind will not sow,    and he who regards the clouds will not reap. 7 Go, keat your bread with joy, and drink your wine with a merry heart, for God has already approved what you do. Cancel. 17 Be not overly wicked, neither be a fool. 3  Even when the fool walks on the road, he lacks sense. 9 What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun.