Obey Rulers1 Who is like the wise man and who knows the interpretation of a matter? A man’s wisdom a illumines ▼
▼ Lit his facehim and causes his c stern face to ▼
▼ Or changebeam. 2 I say, “Keep the ▼
▼ Lit mouthcommand of the king because of the f oath ▼
▼ Lit ofbefore God. 3 “Do not be in a hurry ▼
▼ Lit to go out from his presence, i to leave him. Do not join in an evil matter, for he will do whatever he pleases.” 4 Since the word of the king is authoritative j who will say to him, “What are you doing?” 5 He who k keeps a royal command l experiences no ▼
▼ Lit evil thingtrouble, for a wise heart knows the proper time and procedure. 6 For n there is a proper time and procedure for every delight, though a man’s trouble is heavy upon him. 7 If no one o knows what will happen, who can tell him when it will happen? 8 p No man has authority to restrain the wind with the wind, or authority over the day of death; and there is no discharge in the time of war, and q evil will not deliver ▼
▼ Lit its possessorsthose who practice it. 9 All this I have seen and applied my ▼
▼ Lit heartmind to every deed that has been done under the sun wherein a man has exercised t authority over another man to his hurt. 10 So then, I have seen the wicked buried, those who used to go in and out from the holy place, and they are u soon forgotten in the city where they did thus. This too is futility. 11 Because the v sentence against an evil deed is not executed quickly, therefore w the hearts of the sons of men among them are given fully to do evil. 12 Although a sinner does evil a hundred times and may x lengthen his life, still I know that it will be y well for those who fear God, who fear ▼
▼ Lit before HimHim openly. 13 But it will aa not be well for the evil man and he will not lengthen his days like a ab shadow, because he does not fear God. 14 There is futility which is done on the earth, that is, there are ac righteous men to whom it ▼
▼ Lit strikeshappens according to the deeds of the wicked. On the other hand, there are ae evil men to whom it ▼
▼ Lit strikeshappens according to the deeds of the righteous. I say that this too is futility. 15 So I commended pleasure, for there is nothing good for ag a man under the sun except to eat and to drink and to be merry, and this will stand by him in his ▼
▼ Lit labortoils throughout the days of his life which God has given him under the sun. 16 When I ai gave my heart to know wisdom and to see the task which has been done on the earth (even though one should ▼
▼ Lit see no sleep in his eyes, ak never sleep day or night), 17 and I saw every work of God, I concluded that al man cannot discover the work which has been done under the sun. Even though man should seek laboriously, he will not discover; and am though the wise man should say, “I know,” he cannot discover.
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