Ecclesiastes 8


Life's Actions

1[2wisdom 1A man's] will lighten his countenance; and an impudent man's countenance will be detested. 2[2the mouth 3of a king 1Watch]! even because of the word of the oath of God. 3[2not 3hurriedly 5from 6his face 1You should 4go]. You should not stand in [2matter 1an evil], for what ever he wants, he does. 4As a king exercising authority, and who shall say to him, What do you do? 5The one keeping the commandment shall not know [2matter 1an evil]. And [4the time 5of judgment 3knows 1the heart 2of the wise]. 6For every thing there is a season and judgment; for knowledge of man is vast unto him. 7For there is not one knowing what shall be being; for as it will be, who shall announce to him? 8There is no man exercising authority over spirit to restrain with the spirit; and there is no exercising authority in the day of death; and there is no discharge in the day of battle; and [2shall not 3preserve 1impiety] the thing for her. 9And all this I beheld; and I gave my heart to every action which I had done under the sun; the things, as much as [2exercises authority 1a man] to a man to inflict evil on him. 10And then I beheld the impious [2into 3the tombs 1being brought], and from out of the holy place; and they went and were praised in the city, because they did thus. And indeed this is folly. 11Because there is no existing objection for the ones doing evil quickly, therefore by this [4have full assurance 1the heart 2of the sons 3of man] in themselves to do evil. 12The one who sinned did evil from then, and of their duration. For also even I know that there is good to the ones fearing God, so that they should fear from in front of him. 13But [2good 1it will not be] to the impious, and he shall not prolong his days which are as a shadow; for he is not fearing from before God. 14There is a folly which is done upon the earth; that there are just ones that attain unto them, as the action of the impious; and there are impious that attain to them, as the action of the just. I said that, Indeed also this is folly. 15And I praised with the gladness, because there is no good thing to man under the sun, were it not to eat, and to drink, and to be glad. And it will adhere to him in his effort all the days of his life, as [2gave 3to him 1God] under the sun. 16Whereupon I gave my heart to know wisdom, and to behold the distraction being done upon the earth. For also at day and at night [3sleep 4with 5his eyes 1a person is not 2seeing]. 17And I beheld all the actions of God, that [2shall not 3be able 1man] to find out the action being done under the sun. As long as [2should make an effort 1man] to seek, even he shall not find it. And indeed, as long as [2should speak 1the wise] to know it, he shall not be able to find it. For all this I gave to my heart, and my heart [2all 1beheld] this.
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