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exercised therewith.

14 I have seen all the works that are done
under the sun ; and behold, all is vanity and
vexation of spirit.

15 " That which is crooked cannot be made
straight : and f that which is wanting cannot
be numbered.

16 I communed with mine own heart,
saying, Lo, I am come to great estate, and
have gotten "more wisdom than all they
that have been before me in Jerusalem : yea,
my heart f had great experience of wisdom
and knowledge.

17 p And I gave my heart to know wisdom,
and to know madness and folly : I perceived
that this also is vexation of spirit.

18 For lin much wisdom is much grief:
and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth


1 The vanity of human courses in the works of pleasure.
12 Though the wise be better than the fool, yet both
have one event. 18 The vanity of human labour, in
leaving it they know not to whom. 24 Nothing better
than joy in our labour ; but that is God's gift.

" X SAID in mine heart. Go to now, I will

JL prove thee with mirth; therefore enjoy

pleasure: and behold, ''this also is vanity.

about 977.

e Pa. 104. 5.
&119. tlO.

f Ps. 19. 5,

t Hcb.

B John 3. 8.

h Job 38. 10.
Pa. 104. 8, 9.

return to go.

i Prov. 27.

k ch. 3. 15.

m Gon. 3.


ch. 3. 10.

II Or, to af-

jlict them.

n ch. 7. 13.



o 1 Kines 3.
12. 13. k 4.
30. & 10. 7.

ch. 2. 9.
t Heb. hoi
seen much.

p ch. 2. 3,

12. t 7. 23,


1 Thesa. 5.


q ch. 12. 12.

a Luke 12.

b Iiai. 50.

about 977.

c Prov. 14.


ch. 7. 6.

<1 ch. 1. 17.

t Heb.
to draw my
fieah with

t Heb.
the number
of the days
of their life.

t Heb.
sons ofmu

e 1 Kinsa 9.
28. & 10. 10,
14, 21, &c.

t Heb.
musical in-
and instru-
{ ch. 1. 16.

e ch. 3. 22.
& 5. 18. &

h ch. 1. 3,

icb. 1.17.&

IJ Or,
in those
things which
have been al-
ready done.
T Heb.
that there is
in wisdom
more thanin
follv. &-C,
li Prov. 17.

ch. 8. 1.
1 Pa. 49. 10.

t Heb.

happcjicth to
me, even to

2 "I said of laughter. It is mad : and of
mirth, What doeth it ?

3-^1 sought in mine heart fto give my-
self unto wine, yet acquainting mine heart
with wisdom; and to lay hold on folly, till
I might see what was that good for the sons
of men, which they should do under the
heaven fall the days of their life.

4 I made me great works ; I builded me
houses ; I planted me vineyards :

5 I made me gardens and orchards, and

I planted trees in them of all hind of fruits :

6 I made me pools of water, to water
therewith the wood that bringeth forth trees :

7 I got me servants and maidens, and
had t servants born in my house ; also I had
great possessions of great and small cattle
above all that were in Jerusalem before me ;

8 " I gathered me also silver and gold, and
the peculiar treasure of kings, and of the
provinces : I gat me men-singers and women-
singers, and the delights of the sons of men,
as finusical instruments, and that of all

9 So ''I was great, and increased more
than all that were before me in Jerusalem :
also my wisdom remained with me.

10 And whatsoever mine eyes desired I
kept not from them, I withheld not my
heart from any joy ; for my heart rejoiced
in all my labour : and e this was my por-
tion of all my labour.

11 Then I looked on all the works that
my hands had wrought, and on the labour
that I had laboured to do : and behold, all
was ■" vanity and vexation of spirit, and there
was no profit under the sun.

12 IT And I turned myself to behold wis-
dom, 'and madness, and folly : for what can
the man do that cometh after the king?

II even that which hath been already done.

13 Then I saw f that wisdom excelleth
folly, as far as light excelleth darkness.

14 ■'The wise man's eyes are in his head ;
but the fool walketh in darkness : and I
myself perceived also that 'one event hap-
peneth to them all.

15 Then said I in my heart. As it hap-
peneth to the fool, so it thappeneth even to
me ; and why was I then more wise ? Then
I said in my heart, that this also is vanity.

16 For there is no remembrance of the
wise more than of the fool for ever ; seeing
that which now is in the days to come shall
all be forgotten. And how dieth the wise
man? as the fool.

17 Therefore I hated life; because the
work that is wrought under the sun is griev-
ous unto me : for all is vanity and vexation
of spirit.


Joy in labour is God's gift.

{ 18 IT Yea, I hated all my labour which
I had t taken under the sun : because "• I
should leave it unto the man that shall be
after me.

19 And who knoweth whether he shall be
a wise man or a fool ? yet shall he have rule
over all my labour wherein I have laboured,
and wherein I have shewed myself wise under
the sun. This is also vanity.

20 Therefore I went about to cause my
heart to despair of all the labour which I
took under the sun.

21 For there is a man whose labour is in
wisdom, and in knowledge, and in equity j
yet to a man that hath not laboured therein
shall he t leave it for his portion. This also
is vanity and a great evil.

22 "For what hath man of all his labour,
and of the vexation of his heart, wherein he
hath laboured under the sun?

23 For all his days are ° sorrows, and his
travail grief; yea, his heart taketh not rest
in the night. This is also vanity.

24 H P There is nothing better for a man
than that he should eat and drink, and that
he II should make his soul enjoy good in his
labour. This also I saw, that it was from
the hand of God.

25 For who can eat, or who else can hasten
hereunto more than I ?

26 For God giveth to a man that is good
t in his sight, wisdom, and knowledge, and
joy : but to the sinner he giveth travail, to
gather and to heap up, that ihe may give to
him that is good before God. This also is
vanity and vexation of spirit.


I By the necessary change of times, vanity is added to
human travail. 11 There is an excellence in God's
works. 16 But as for man, God shall jvdge his
works there, and here he shall he like a beast.

TO every thing there is a season, and
a ^time to every purpose under the
heaven :

2 A time f to be born, and ""a time to die ;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that
which is planted;

3 A time to kill, and a time to heal ; a
time to break down, and a time to build up ;

4 A time to weep, and a time to laugh ;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance ;

5 A time to cast away stones, and a time
to gather stones together; a time to embrace,
and "a time f to refrain from embracing ;

G A time to || get, and a time to lose ; a
time to keep, and a time to cast away ;

7 A time to rend, and a time to sew; ^a
time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

8 A time to love, and a time to " hate ; a
time of war, and a time of peace.


about 977.

I Ileb.
m Fs. 49. 10.

r Heb.

n ch. 1. 3.

o Job 5. 7.

tL 14. 1.

p ch. 3. la,
)3, 22. & 5.
18. t a 15.

\\Ot. .
delieht his

T Heb. .
before him.
Gen. 7. 1.
Luke 1. 6.

g Job 27.
16, 17.
Prov. 28 8.

a ver. 17.
ch. 8. 6.

t Heb.
to bear.
b Hcbr. 9.


c Joel 2. 16.

I Cor. 7. 5.
T Heb.

to be far

II Or,

il AmoB 5.

e Luke 14.

about 9T7.

f ch. 1. 3.
e ch. 1. 13.

h ch. a 17.
Rom. 11. 33.

k ch. S. 24.

I Jam. 1. 17.

m ch. 1. 9.

that which
is driven

o Rom. 3. 6,

7, 8.

2 Cor. 5. 10.

2 Thesi. 1.


p ver. 1.

11 Or,
that they
might clear
Qod and
see. 6rc.

g Pa. 49. 12,
20. & 73. 22.

r Gen. 3.-19.

B Ch. 12. 7.
t Heb.
of the sons "
of man.
t Heb.
is ascend-

t ver. 12.
ch. 2. 24. &
5. 18. & 11.

u ch. 2. 10.

X ch. 6. 12.

a ch. 3. 10.
&5. 8.


God the judge of all.

9 fWhat profit hath he that worketh in
that wherein he laboureth ?

10 el have seen the travail, which God
hath given to the sons of men to be exer-
cised in it.

11 He hath made every thing beautiful
in his time : also he hath set the world in
their heart, so that '"no man can find out the
work that God maketh from the beginning
to the end.

12 'I know that there is no good in
them, but for a man to rejoice, and to do
good in his life.

13 And also ''that every man should eat
and drink, and enjoy the good of all his
labour ; it is the gift of God.

14 I know that, whatsoever God doeth, it
shall be for ever: 'nothing can be put to it,
nor any thing taken from it : and God doeth
it, that men should fear before him.

15 "That which hath been is now; and
that which is to be hath already been ; and
God requireth t that which is past.

16 IT And moreover "I saw under the sun
the place of judgment, that wickedness was
there; and the place of righteousness, that
iniquity was there.

17 I said in mine heart, °God shall judge
the righteous and the wicked : for there is
p a time there for every purpose and for every

18 I said in mine heart concerning the
estate of the sons of men, || that God might
manifest them, and that th^y might see that
they themselves are beasts.

19 iFor that which befalleth the sons of
men befalleth beasts; even one thing be-
falleth them : as the one dieth, so dieth the
other ; yea, they have all one breath ; so that
a man hath no pre-eminence above a beast :
for all is vanity.

20 All go unto one place ; 'all are of the
dust, and all turn to dust again.

21 ' Who knoweth the spirit f of man
that tgoeth upward, and. the spirit of the
beast that goeth downward -to the earth ?

22 IT 'Wherefore I perceive that there is
nothing better, than that a man should rejoice
in his own works; for "that- is his portion:
''for who shall bring him to see what shall
be after him ?


1 Vanity is increased unto men by oppression, 4 by envy,
5 by idleness, 7 by covetousness, 9 In/ solitariness, 13 iy

SO I returned, and considered all the
''oppressions that are done under the sun:
and behold the tears of such as were oppressed,
and they had no comforter ; and on the t side


Vanity increased by oppression, Sfc.


The vanity of riches.

of their oppressors there was power; but they
had no comforter.

2 ''Wherefore I praised the dead which
are akeady dead more than the living which
are yet alive.

3 <= Yea, better is he than both they, which
hath not yet been, who hath not seen the
evil work that is done under the sun.

4- 4 IT Again, I considered all travail, and
t every right work*, that t for this a man is
envied of his neighbour. This is also vanity
and vexation of spirit.

5 ^ The fool foldeth his hands together,
and eateth his own flesh.

6 ' Better is an handful with quietness,
than both the hands full with travail and
vexation of spirit.

7 IT Then I returned, and I saw vanity
under the sun.

8 There is one alone, and there is not a
second ; yea, he hath neither child nor bro-
ther : yet is there no end of all his labour ;
neither is his *^eye satisfied with riches;
s neither saith he, For whom do I labour,
and bereave my soul of good ? This is also
vanity, yea, it is a sore travail.

9 H Two are better than one ; because
they have a good reward for their labour.

10 For if they fall, the one will lift up his
fellow : but wo to him that is alone when
he falleth ; for he hath not another to help
him up.

11 Again, if two lie together, then they
have heat : but how can one be warm
alone ?

12 And if one prevail against him, two
shall withstand him; and a threefold cord
is not quickly broken.

13 H Better is a poor and a wise child, than
an old and foolish king, f who will no more
be admonished.

14 For out of prison he cometh to reign ;
whereas also he that is born in his kingdom
Decometh poor.

15 I considered all the living which walk
under the sun, with the second child that
shall stand up in his stead.

16 There is no end of all the people, even
of all that have been before them: they also
that come after shall not rejoice in him.
Surely this also is vanity and vexation of


1 Vanities in divine service, 8 in murmuring against
oppression, 9 and in riches. 18 Joy in riches is the
gift of God.

KEEP ''thy foot when thou goest to
the house of God, and be more ready
to hear, ''than to give the sacrifice of fools:
for they consider not that they do evil.





about 977.

about 977.

b Job 3. 17,

11 Or,


c Prov. 10.


Job 3. 11,

Matt 6. 7.

16, 21.

ch. 6. 3.

d Prov. 10.


Numb. 30.


t Hcb.
all the right
mus^ of
f Heb.

Deut. 23. 21,
K, 23.
Pa. 50. 14.
& 76. 11.
fPs.66. 13,

g Prov. 20.

Acu 5. 4.

this is the
envy ^ a
man from
hin neigh-


d Prov. 6.

10. & 24. 33.

e Prov. 15.

Hi, 17. i 16.


h 1 Cor. 11.


i ch. 12. 13.

f Prov. 27.

k ch. 3. 16. ^



g P3. 39. 6.


at the wilt.

or, purpose.
i fa. lis.

& 58. 11. &.

82. 1.

t Heb.

who knoweth

not to be


m ch. 6. 1.

n Jul) 1. 21.

Pb. 49. 17.

1 Tim 7.

ch. 1. 3.

p Prov. 11.

fh. 127. 2.

a See

r ch. 2. 24.

Exod. 3. 5.

& :i. 12, 13,

Isai. 1. 12,




b 1 Sam. 13.

1 Tim. 6. 17.


t Heb.

Pa. .M. a

there is a

Prov. I,'). 8.

^ood which

& 21. 27.
Ho3. 6. 6.

t3 comely,

2 Be not rash with thy mouth, and let
not thine heart be hasty to utter any \\ thing
before God: for God is in heaven, and
thou upon earth: therefore let thy words
''be few.

3 For a dream cometh through the mul-
titude of business ; and <• a fool's voice is
known by multitude of words.

4 «When thou vowest a vow unto God,
defer not to pay it ; for he hath no pleasure
in fools: ''pay that which thou hast vowed.

5 e Better is it that thou shouldest not
vow, than that thou shouldest vow and not

6 Suffer not thy mouth to cause thy flesh
to sin ; '' neither say thou before the angel,
that it was an error : wherefore should God
be angry at thy voice, and destroy the work
of thine hands ?

7 For in the multitude of dreams and
many "words there are also divers vanities :
but 'fear thou God.

8 Ulf thou ''seest the oppression of the
poor, and violent perverting of judgment
and justice in a province, marvel not f at
the matter : for ' he that is higher than the
highest regardeth ; and there be higher than

9 H Moreover, the profit of the earth is
for all : the king himself is served by the

10 He that loveth silver shall not be satis-
fied with silver; nor he that loveth abundance
with increase : this is also vanity.

11 When goods increase, th«y are in-
creased that eat them: and what good is
there to the owners thereof, saving the behold-
ing of them with their eyes ?

12 The sleep of a labouring man is sweet,
whether he eat little or much: but the
abundance of the rich will not suffer him
to sleep.

13 ""There is a sore evil which I have
seen under the sun, namely, riches kept for
the owners thereof to their hurt.

14 But those riches perish by evil travail ;
and he begetteth a son, and there is nothing
in his hand.

15 "As he came forth of his mother's
womb, naked shall he return to go as he
came, and shall take nothing of his labour,
which he may carry away in his hand.

16 And this also is a sore evil, that in all
points as he came, so shall he go : and
"what profit hath he p that hath laboured
for the wind?

17 All his days also i he eateth in dark-
ness, and he hath much sorrow and wrath
with his sickness.

18 IT Behold that which I have seen: ''t ii



The vanity of riches without use.

is good and comely for one to eat and to
drink, and to enjoy the good of all his la-
bour that he taketh under the sun tall the
days of his life, which God giveth him: 'for
it is his portion.

19 'Every man also to whom God hath
given riches and wealth, and hath given
him power to eat thereof, and to take his
portion, and to rejoice in his labour; this
is the gift of God.

20 II For he shall not much remember the
days of his life ; because God answereth him
in the joy of his heart.


I The vanity of riches without use, 3 of children, 6 and
old age without riches. 9 The vanity of sight and
wandering desires. 11 The conclusion of vanities.

THERE ^is an evil which I have seen
under the sun, and it is common among

2 A man to whom God hath given riches,
wealth, and honour, ""so that he wanteth
nothing for his soul of all that he desireth,
«yet God giveth him not power to eat
thereof, but a stranger eateth it : this is
vanity, and it is an evil disease.

3 IF If a man beget an hundred children,
and live many years, so that the days of his
years be many, and his soul be not filled
with good, and "^also that he have no bu-
rial; I say, that *an untimely birth is better
than he.

4 For he cometh in with vanity, and de-
parteth in darkness, and his name shall be
covered with darkness.

5 Moreover he hath not seen the sun,
nor known any thing : this hath more rest
than the other.

6 IF Yea, though he live a thousand years
twice told, yet hath he seen no good : do
not all go to one place ?

7 *■ All the labour of man is for his
mouth, and yet the appetite fis not filled.

8 For what hath the wise more than the
fool ? what hath the poor, that knoweth
to walk before the "living ?

9 Better is the sight of the eyes fthan
the wandering of the desire: this is also
vanity and vexation of spirit.

10 That which hath been is named
already, and it is known that it is man :
e neither may he contend with him that is
mightier than he.

llTFSeeing there be many things that in-
crease vanity, what is man the better.?

12 For who knoweth what is good for
man in this life, fall the days of his vain
life which he spendeth as ''a shadow? for
'who can tell a man what shall be after
him under the sun ?



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t Hob.
ttie numbor
of the days.
B ch. 2. TO.
& 3. 23.

t ch. 2. 24.
& :<. 13. tt.
U. 2.

II Or,

Thougk he
give Tiot
much, yet he
clA, cS-c.

a ch. S. 13.

b Job 21.
10, &c.
P>. 17. 14.
& 73. 7.

c Luke 12.

(1 2 Kings
9. 35.

Isai. 14. 19,

Jer. 22. 19.
e Job 3. 16.
Ps. 58. 8.
ch. 4. 3.

f Prov. 16.

1 Hcb. soul.

t Heb.
than the
walkins of
tti£ sold.

g Job 9. 32.
Isai. 45. 9.
Jer. 48. 19.

t Heb. the
Ttumbcr of
the days of
the life of
his vanity.
h Po. 102.
11. & 109.
23. & 144. 4.
Jam. 4. 14.
i Pb. 39. 6.
cb. 8. 7.

about 977.

a Prov. 15.
30. & 22. 1.

II Or,
b 2 Cor. 7.

c See
Ps. 141. 5.
Prov. 13. 18.
& 15. 31, 32.

ch. 2. 2.
t Heb.

e Exod. 23.


DeuL 16. 19.

f Prov. 14.

fProv. 14.
7. & IS. 32.
James 1. 19.

t Heb. out
of wisdom.

II Or,

as good as
an inherit-
ance, yea,
better too.
h ch. 11. 7.

t Hcb.

I See

Job 12. 14.
ch. 1. 15.
Isai. 14. 27.

k ch. 3. 4.
Ueut. 28.


t Heb.

I ch. 8. 14.

TO Prov. 25.


n Rom. 12. 3.

t Heb.

he desolate.

o Job 15.


Ps. 55. 23.

Prov. 10.


t Heb.

vot in thy


Remedies against vanity.

1 Eemedies against vanity, are a good name, 2 morti-
fication, 7 patience, 11 wisdom. 23 The difficulty
of getting wisdom.

A 'GOOD name is better than precious
ointment ; and the day of death than
the day of one's birth.

.2 IF /if is better to go to the house of
mourning, than to go to the house of feast-
ing : for that is the end of all men ; and the
living will lay it to his heart.

3 II Sorrow IS better than laughter: *'for
by the sadness of the countenance the heart
is made better.

4 The heart of the wise is in the house
of mourning ; but the heart of fools is in
the house of mirth.

5 "It is better to hear the rebuke of the
wise, than for a man to hear the song of
fools :

6 ^For as the f crackling of thorns under
a pot, so is the laughter of the fool : this
also is vanity.

7 IF Surely oppression maketh a wise man
mad; *and a gift destroy eth the heart.

8 Better is the end of a thing than the
beginning thereof : and Hhe patient in spirit
is better than the proud in spirit.

9 eBe not hasty in thy spirit to be angry :
for anger resteth in the bosom of fools.

10 Say not thou. What is the cause that
the former days were better than these ? for
thou dost not inquire f wisely concerning

11 IF Wisdom II IS good with an inherit-
ance: and by it there is profit ''to them that
see the sun.

12 For wisdom is a t defence, and money
is a defence : but the excellency of know-
ledge is, that wisdom giveth life to them
that have it.

13 Consider the work of God: for 'who
can make that straight, which he hath made

14 ''In the day of prosperity be joyful, but
in the day of adversity consider: God also
hath t set the one over against the other, to
the end that man should find nothing after

15 All things have I seen in the days or
my vanity : 'there is a just man that perish-
eth in his righteousness, and there is a
wicked man that prolongeth his life in his

16 ""Be not righteous over much; "nei-
ther make thyself over wise : why shouldest
thou t destroy thyself ?

17 Be not over much wicked, neither
be thou foolish : "why shouldest thou die

t before thy time?



The diffimhy of 'getting wisdom.

ECCLESIASTES, The divine providence is to he observed.


18 It is good that thou shouldest take
hold of this; yea, also from this withdraw not
thine hand: for he that feareth God shall
come forth of them all.

19 p Wisdom strengtheneth the wise more
than ten mighty men which are in the city.

20 1 For there is not a just man upon earth,
that doeth good, and sinneth not.

21 Also t take no heed unto all words that
are spoken; lest thou hear thy servant curse
thee :

22 For oftentimes also thine own heart
knoweth that thou thyself likewise hast
cursed others.

23 UAH this have I proved by wisdom :
'I said, I will be wise ; but it was far from

24 "That which is far off, and 'exceeding
deep, who can find it out?

25 t " I applied mine heart, to know, and
to search, and to seek out wisdom, and the
reason of things, and to know the wickedness
of folly, even of foolishness and madness :

26 ^ And I find more bitter than death the
woman whose heart is snares and nets, and
her hands as bands: t whoso pleaseth God
shall escape from her ; but the sinner shall be
taken by her.

27 Behold, this have I found, saith ^the
Preacher, |1 counting one by one, to find out
the account;

28 Which yet my soul seeketh, but I find
not: ^one man among a thousand have I
found ; but a woman among all those have
I not found.

29 Lo, this only have I found, ''that God
hath made man upright; but ''they have
sought out many inventions.


1 Kings are greatly to be respected. 6 The divine pro-
vidence is to be observed. 12 It is better with the
godly in adversity, than with the wicked in prosperity.
16 The work of God is unsearchable.

WHO is as the wise man? and who
knoweth the interpretation of a thing ?
" a man's wisdom maketh his face to shine', and
fthe boldness of his face shall be changed.

2 I counsel thee to keep the king's com-
mandment, ^and that in regard of the oath
of God.

3 "^ Be not hasty to go out of his sight :
stand not in an evil thing ; for he doeth
whatsoever pleaseth him.

4 Where the word of a king is, there is
power : and « who may say unto him, What
doest thou ?

5 Whoso keepeth the commandment t shall
feel no evil thing : and a wise man's heart
discerneth both time and judgment.

6 H Because ''to every purpose there is time





about 977.

about 977.

I^Prov. 24.

ch! 6. 12. &

9. 12. & 10.


II Or,

how it shall


p Prov. a.

22. & 24. 5.
ch. 9. 16, 18.


g IKmgB


2 Chron. 6.

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