says the Teacher.
Everything is meaningless."
at which he toils under the sun?
but the earth remains forever.
and hurries back to where it rises.
and turns to the north;
round and round it goes,
ever returning on its course.
yet the sea is never full.
To the place the streams come from,
there they return again.
more than one can say.
The eye never has enough of seeing,
nor the ear its fill of hearing.
what has been done will be done again;
there is nothing new under the sun.
"Look! This is something new"?
It was here already, long ago;
it was here before our time.
and even those who are yet to come
will not be remembered
by those who follow.
I refused my heart no pleasure.
My heart took delight in all my work,
and this was the reward for all my labor.
and what I had toiled to achieve,
everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind;
nothing was gained under the sun.
do not be hasty in your heart
to utter anything before God.
God is in heaven
and you are on earth,
so let your words be few.
so the speech of a fool when there are many words.
and benefits those who see the sun.
as money is a shelter,
but the advantage of knowledge is this:
that wisdom preserves the life of its possessor.
Who can straighten
what he has made crooked?
but when times are bad, consider:
God has made the one
as well as the other.
Therefore, a man cannot discover
anything about his future.
a righteous man perishing in his righteousness,
and a wicked man living long in his wickedness.
neither be overwise—
why destroy yourself?
and do not be a fool—
why die before your time?
and not let go of the other.
The man who fears God will avoid all extremes . [a]
than ten rulers in a city.
who does what is right and never sins.
or you may hear your servant cursing you-
that many times you yourself have cursed others.
"I am determined to be wise"—
but this was beyond me.
it is far off and most profound—
who can discover it?
to investigate and to search out wisdom and the scheme of things
and to understand the stupidity of wickedness
and the madness of folly.