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whereof it may be faid, See, perceived that this also is
this is new? it hath been vexation of spirit.
already of old time which

18 For in much wisdom is was before us.

much grief: and he that inII There is no remem- creaseth knowledge increasbrance of former things ; eth forrow. neither shall there be any remembrance of things that

CHAP. II. are to come with those that

Said in mine heart, Go to shall come after.

now, I will prove thee 12 9 I the Preacher was with mirth, therefore enjoy king over Israel in Jerusa- pleasure : and behold, this allem :

so is vanity. 13 And I gave my heart 2 I said of laughter, It is to seek and search out by mad: and of mirth, What wisdom concerning all things doeth it? that are done under heaven : 3 I fought in mine heart this fore travail hath God to give myself unto wine, given to the sons of man to yet acquainting mine heart be exercised therewith. with wisdom, and to lay hold

14 I have seen all the on folly, till I might see what works that are done under was that good for the sons of the sun, and behold, all is men, which they should do vanity and vexation of spirit. under the heaven all the days

15 That which is croked, of their life. cannot be made straight: and 4 I made me great works; that which is wanting can- I builded me houses ; I plantnot be numbered.

ed me vineyards : 16 I communed with mine 5 I made me gardens and own heart, saying, Lo, Iorchards, and I planted trees am come to great estate, and in them of all kind of fruits : have gotten more wisdom 6 I made me pools of wathan all they that have been ter, to water therewith the before me in Jerusalem : wood that bringeth forth yea, my heart had great ex- trees; perience of wisdom and 7 I got me fervants and knowledge.

maidens, and had servants 17 And I gave my heart born in my house : also I to know wisdom, and to had great possessions of great know madness and folly: I and small cattle above all

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that were in Jerusalem before are in his head; but the fool

walketh in darkness: and I 8I gathered me also filver myself perceived also that one and gold, and the peculiar event happeneth to them all. treasure of kings and of the 15 Then said I in my provinces : I gat me men- heart, As it happeneth to the fingers, and women-fingers, fool, so it happeneth even to and the delights of the fons me; and why was I then of men, as musical instru- more wise ? then I said in my ments, and that of all sorts. heart that this also is vanity.

9 So I was great, and in 16 For there is no rememcreased more than all that brance of the wise more were before me in Jerusalem: than of the fool for ever ; also my wisdom remained seeing that which now is, with me.

in the days to come shall 10 And whatsoever mine all be forgotten. And how eyes desired, I kept not from dieth the wise man? as the them: I with-held not my fool. heart from any joy; for my Therefore I hated life; heart rejoiced in all my la- because the work that is bour : and this was my por- wrought under the sun is tion of all my labour. grievous unto me: for all is

11 Then I looked on all vanity and vexation of spirit. the works that my hands had 18 q Yea, I hated all my wrought, and on the labour labour which I had taken unthat I had laboured to do: der the sun: because I should and behold, all was vanity leave it unto the man that and vexation of spirit, and shall be after me, there was no profit under the 19 And who knoweth fun.

whether he shall be a wise 12 And I turned myself man or a fool ? yet shall he to behold wisdom, and mad- have rule over all my laness, and folly; for what can bour wherein I have labourthe man do that cometh after ed, and wherein I have shewthe king? even that which ed myself wise under the sun. hath been already done. This is also vanity.

13 Then I saw that wif 20 Therefore I went about dom excelleth folly, as far as to cause my heart to despair light excelleth darkness. of all the labour which I took

14 The wise man's eyes under the sun.


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21 For there is a man severy purpose under the heawhose labour is in wisdom, ven: and in knowledge, and in e 2 A- time to be born, and quity : yet to a man that a time to die; a time to hath not laboured therein plant, and a time to pluck up shall he leave it for his por- that which is planted; tion. This also is vanity, 3 A time to kill, and a and a great evil.

time to heal ; a time to break 22 For what hath man of down, and a time to build all his labour, and of the vex- up; ation of his heart, wherein he 4 A time to weep, and a hath laboured under the fun time to laugh ; a time to

23 For all his days are mourn, and a time to dance forrows, and his travail grief:

5 A time to cast away yea,

his heart taketh not rest stones, and a time to gather in the night. This is also ftones together; a time to vanity.

embrace, and a time to re. 24 There is nothing better frain from embracing;

than that he should 6 A time to get, and a eat and drink, and that he time to lose ; a time to keep, should make his soul enjoy and a time to cast away; good in his labour. This 7 A time to rend, and a also I saw, that it was from time to sew; a time to keep the hand of God.

filence, and a time to speak; 25 For who can eat, or 8 A time to love, and a who else can hasten hereunto time to hate ; a time of war, more than I!

and a time of peace. 26 For God giveth to a 9 What profit hath he that man that is good in his sight, worketh in that wherein he wisdom, and knowledge, and laboureth? joy: but to the finner he 10 I have seen the travail giveth travail, to gather and which God hath given to the to hexp up, that he may give sons of men to be exercised to him that is good before in it. God. This also is vanity and II G He hath made every vexation of spirit.

thing beautiful in his time :

also he hath set the world in CHAP. II.

their heart, so that no man O every thing there is can find out the work that a season, and a time to God maketh from the be




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ginning to the end.

falleth them : as the one di12 I know that there is no eth, fo dieth the other; yea, good in them, but for a man they have all one breath; so to rejoice, and to do good in that a man hath no pre-emihis life.

nence above a beast : for all 13 And also that every is vanity. man should eat and drink, 20 All go unto one place; and enjoy the good of all his all are of the dust, and all turn labour, it is the gift of God.

to dust again. 14 I know that whatsoever 21 Who knoweth the spiGod doeth, it shall be for rit of man that goeth upever : nothing can be put to ward, and the spirit of the it, nor any thing taken from beast that goeth downward to it: and God doeth it that the earth ? men ihould fear before him. 22 Wherefore I perceive

15 That which hath been that there is nothing better is now; and that which is to than that a man should rebe hath already been; and joice in his own works; for God requireth that which is that is his portion ; for who past.

shall bring him to see what 16 And moreover, I shall be after him? faw under the fun the place of judgment, that wickedness

CHAP. IV. was there ; and the place of righteousness, that iniquity O I returned, and conwas there.

sidered all the oppressions 17 I said in mine heart, that are done under the sun: God fhail judge the righteous and behold, the tears of such as and the wicked; for there is were oppreffed, and they had a time there for every pur- no comforter; and on the pose and for every work. fide of their opprcffcrs there

18 I said in mine heart was power, but they had no concerning the estate of the comforter. fons of men, that God might Wherefore I praised manifest them, and that they the dead which are already inight see that they them-dead, more than the living (elses are beasts.

which are yet alive. 19 For that which befall 3 Yea, better is he thin eth the fons of men befalleth | both they which hath not beaits; even one thing be- yet been, who hath not feen


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the evil work that is done against him, two shall withunder the sun.

stand him: and a threefold 4 q Again, I considered cord is not quickly broken. all travail, and every right 13 9 Better is a poor

and work, that for this a man is a wise child than an old and envied of his neighbour. foolish king, who will no This is also vanity and vexa more be admonished. tion of spirit.

14 For out of prison he 59 The fool foldeth his cometh to reign; whereas hands together, and eateth also be that is born in his his own flesh.

kingdom becometh poor. 6 Better is an handful with 15 I confidered all the quietness, than both the hands living which walk under the full with travail and vexation fun, with the second child of spirit.

that shall stand up in his 7 Then I returned, and stead. I saw vanity under the fun. 16 There is no end of all

8 There is one alone, and the people, even of all that there is not a second; yea, have been before them: they he hath neither child nor also that come after shall not brother : yet is there no end rejoice in him. Surely this of all his labour; neither is also is vanity and vexation of his eyes satisfied with riches; spirit. neither faith he, For whom do I labour, and bereave my

CHAP. V. soul of good ? this is also E EP thy foot when vanity, yea, it is a sore tra thou goeft to the house vail.

of God, and be more ready 94 Two are better than to hear than to give the saone; because they have a crifice of fools : for they congood reward for their labour. sider not that they do evil.

10 For if they fall, the one 2 Be not rash with thy will lift up his fellow: but mouth, and let not thine heart wo to him that is alone when be hasty to utter any thing he falleth ! for he hath not before God: for God is in another to help him up. heaven, and thou upon earth :

11 Again, if two lie toge- therefore let thy words be ther, then they have heat: few. but how can one be warm 3 For a dream cometh alone ?

through the multitude of by12 And if one prevail finess, and a fool's voice is


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