Ecclesiastes 9


The Common Destiny of All

1As the just, and the wise, even their works are in the hand of God. Indeed even love, indeed even hatred, there is no [2knowing 1man] all the things before them. 2Folly is in all things; [2event 1there is one] to the just, and one to the impious; to the good and to the bad; and to the clean and to the unclean; and to the one sacrificing and to the one not sacrificing; as is the good, as is the one sinning; as the one swearing by an oath, as is the one [2the 3oath 1fearing]. 3This evil is in all being done under the sun, for there is [2event 1one] to all. And indeed the heart of the sons of man are filled with evil; and madness in their heart during their life, and after them they go to the dead. 4For someone who participates with all the living there is hope; for the [2dog 1living] himself is good over the [2lion 1dead]. 5For the living shall know that they shall die; but the dead are not knowing anything; and there is not [2to them 3any longer 1a wage], for [2was forgotten 1their remembrance]. 6And indeed their love, and indeed their hatred, and indeed their zeal already perished; and [2portion 1there is no] to them any longer into the eon, in all things being done under the sun. 7Come, eat with gladness of your bread, and drink [2with 4heart 3a good 1your wine]! for already God thought well of your actions 8In every time let [2be 1your garments] white, and [2oil 4upon 5your head 1let not 3be lacking]! 9And behold life with the wife which you loved all the days of the life of your folly! the ones being given to you under the sun, all the days of the life of your folly. For it is your portion in your life, and in your effort wherein you made an effort under the sun. 10All as much as [2should find 1your hand] to do, [2as 3is 5power 4in your 1you do]; for there is no action, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom in Hades, of where you should go there. 11I turned, and I beheld under the sun, that not to the light of foot is the race; and not to the mighty ones in battle; and indeed not to the wise is the bread; and indeed not to the discerning ones is the riches; and indeed not to the ones knowing favor; for a season and a meeting shall meet with them all. 12And indeed [2does not know 1man] his season. As fishes being hunted with [2casting-net 1a hurtful], and as birds being hunted with a snare -- as them [4shall be ensnared 1the 2sons 3of man] in [2season 1an evil], whenever it should fall upon them suddenly. 13And indeed this I beheld -- wisdom under the sun, and it is great to me. 14[2city 1If there were a small], and the men in it few; and there should come against it [2king 1a great], and he shall encircle it, and shall build against it [2siege mounds 1great]; 15and there should be found in it [3man 1a needy 2wise]; and [2shall deliver 1he himself] the city in his wisdom; but man remembered not with [3man 2needy 1that]. 16And I said, [2is good 1Wisdom] over power. But the wisdom of the needy man is being treated with contempt, and his words are not being listened to. 17Words of the wise being at rest are heard above a cry of ones being in authority in follies. 18[2is good 1Wisdom] over weapons of war; but [2sinning 1one] shall destroy [2goodness 1much].
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