1 Dead flies cause
the ointment of the apothecary to send forth a stinking savour:
so doth a little folly him that is in reputation for wisdom
2 A wise man's heart is at his right hand; but a fool's heart
at his left.
3 Yea also, when he that is a fool walketh by the way, his wisdom
faileth him, and he saith to every one that he is a fool.
4 If the spirit of the ruler rise up against thee, leave not
thy place; for yielding pacifieth great offences.
5 There is an evil which I have seen under the sun, as an error
which proceedeth from the ruler:
6 Folly is set in great dignity, and the rich sit in low place.
7 I have seen servants upon horses, and princes walking as servants
upon the earth.
8 He that diggeth a pit shall fall into it; and whoso breaketh
an hedge, a serpent shall bite him.
9 Whoso removeth stones shall be hurt therewith; and he that
cleaveth wood shall be endangered thereby.
10 If the iron be blunt, and he do not whet the edge, then must
he put to more strength: but wisdom is profitable to direct.
11 Surely the serpent will bite without enchantment; and a babbler
is no better.
12 The words of a wise man's mouth are gracious; but the lips
of a fool will swallow up himself.
13 The beginning of the words of his mouth is foolishness: and
the end of his talk is mischievous madness.
14 A fool also is full of words: a man cannot tell what shall
be; and what shall be after him, who can tell him?
15 The labour of the foolish wearieth every one of them, because
he knoweth not how to go to the city.
16 Woe to thee, O land, when thy king is a child, and thy princes
eat in the morning!
17 Blessed art thou, O land, when thy king is the son of nobles,
and thy princes eat in due season, for strength, and not for
18 By much slothfulness the building decayeth; and through idleness
of the hands the house droppeth through.
19 A feast is made for laughter, and wine maketh merry: but
money answereth all things.
20 Curse not the king, no not in thy thought; and curse not
the rich in thy bedchamber: for a bird of the air shall carry
the voice, and that which hath wings shall tell the matter.
1 Cast thy bread
upon the waters: for thou shalt find it after many days.
2 Give a portion to seven, and also to eight; for thou knowest
not what evil shall be upon the earth.
3 If the clouds be full of rain, they empty themselves upon
the earth: and if the tree fall toward the south, or toward
the north, in the place where the tree falleth, there it shall
4 He that observeth the wind shall not sow; and he that regardeth
the clouds shall not reap.
5 As thou knowest not what is the way of the spirit, nor how
the bones do grow in the womb of her that is with child: even
so thou knowest not the works of God who maketh all.
6 In the morning sow thy seed, and in the evening withhold not
thine hand: for thou knowest not whether shall prosper, either
this or that, or whether they both shall be alike good.
7 Truly the light is sweet, and a pleasant thing it is for the
eyes to behold the sun:
8 But if a man live many years, and rejoice in them all; yet
let him remember the days of darkness; for they shall be many.
All that cometh is vanity.
9 Rejoice, O young man, in thy youth; and let thy heart cheer
thee in the days of thy youth, and walk in the ways of thine
heart, and in the sight of thine eyes: but know thou, that for
all these things God will bring thee into judgment.
10 Therefore remove sorrow from thy heart, and put away evil
from thy flesh: for childhood and youth are vanity.
1 Remember now
thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come
not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no
pleasure in them;
2 While the sun, or the light, or the moon, or the stars, be
not darkened, nor the clouds return after the rain:
3 In the day when the keepers of the house shall tremble, and
the strong men shall bow themselves, and the grinders cease
because they are few, and those that look out of the windows
4 And the doors shall be shut in the streets, when the sound
of the grinding is low, and he shall rise up at the voice of
the bird, and all the daughters of musick shall be brought low;
5 Also when they shall be afraid of that which is high, and
fears shall be in the way, and the almond tree shall flourish,
and the grasshopper shall be a burden, and desire shall fail:
because man goeth to his long home, and the mourners go about
6 Or ever the silver cord be loosed, or the golden bowl be broken,
or the pitcher be broken at the fountain, or the wheel broken
at the cistern.
7 Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the
spirit shall return unto God who gave it.
8 Vanity of vanities, saith the preacher; all is vanity.
9 And moreover, because the preacher was wise, he still taught
the people knowledge; yea, he gave good heed, and sought out,
and set in order many proverbs.
10 The preacher sought to find out acceptable words: and that
which was written was upright, even words of truth.
11 The words of the wise are as goads, and as nails fastened
by the masters of assemblies, which are given from one shepherd.
12 And further, by these, my son, be admonished: of making many
books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the
13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God,
and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.
14 For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every
secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.