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in wisdom


B. C. 977. do under the heaven B all the days of THE words of the Preacher, a the son

their life. of David, king in Jerusalem.

B the number

4. I made_me great works; I builded 2 Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, of the days. me houses ; I planted me vineyards ;, vanity of vanities; all is vanity.

a ch.12.8..10. 5 I made me gardens and orchards, and 3 What profit hath a man of all his o Ps. 39.5,6. I planted trees in them of all kind of fruits ; labour which he taketh under the sun ?

144. 4. 6 I made me pools of water, to water there4 One generation passeth away, and Mar. 8. 36, with the wood that bringeth forth trees;

37. another generation cometh : but the earth

7 I got me servants and maidens, and had abideth for ever.

y sons of my.

Y servants born in my house; also I had 5 The sunc also ariseth, and the sun c Ps. 19. 5, 6. great possessions of great and small cattle goeth down, and 8 hasteth to his place panteth.

above all that were in Jerusalem before me; where he arose.

8 Id gathered me also silver and gold, 6 The winde goeth toward the south, a1 Ki: 2:28. and the peculiar treasure of kings and of and turneth about unto the north: it

e John 3.8.
the provinces ;

I gat me men singers and whirleth about continually: and the wind

women singers, and the delights of the returneth again according to his circuits.

Ś instrument

sons of men, as musical instruments, 7 Alls the rivers run into the sea ; yet

and instru- and that of all sorts. I

ments. the sea is not full: unto the place from

9 So I was great, and increased more whence the rivers come, thither they 28.104.8, 9. than all that were before me in Jerusa

92 return n again.

lem: also my wisdom remained with me. 8 All things are full of labour; man n to go. 10 And whatsoever mine eyes desired cannot utter it: the eyek is not satisk Pr. 27. 20. I kept not from them; I withheld not my fied with seeing, nor the ear filled with chap. 3. 22. heart from any joy: for my heart rejoiced hearing.

kiJohn 2.16, in all my labour; and i this was my

17. 9 The thing that hath been, it is that

portion of all my labour. which shall be; and that which is done,

Ichap. 7. 10.

11 Thenk I looked on all the works that is that which shall be done: and there is

mchap. 11. 8.
nl Ti. 6. 6.

my hands had wrought, and on the labour no new thing under the sun.

o chap. 7. 25. that I had laboured to do: and, behold, 10 Is there any thing whereof it may be

all was vanity and vexation of spirit, said, See, this is new? it hath been already or in those and there was no profits under the sun. of old time, which was before us.


12 And I turned myself to behold wis11 There is no remembrance of former

dom, and madness,' and folly: for what can things; neither shall there be any remem

k there is an

the man do that cometh after the king ? brance of things that are to come with


even that which hath been already done. those that shall come after.

13 Then I saw that wisdom P excelleth

more than 12 I the Preacher was king ? over Israel


folly, as far as light excelleth darkness. in Jerusalem :

14 Ther wise man's eyes are in his 13 And I gave my heart to seek and ? chap: 7. 12. head, but the fool walketh in darkness : search out by wisdom concerning all 4.1, 2. and I myself perceived also that one 8 things that are done under heaven: this 21 Ki.4.1,&c. event happeneth to them all. sore travail hath Godt given to the sons 7 Pr. 17. 24. 15 Then said I in my heart, As it hapof man, to be exercised therewith.

& Ps. 49. 10. peneth to the fool, so it happeneth Meven 14 I have seen all the works that are t Ge. 3. 19. to me: and why was I then more wise? done under the sun; and, behold, all is 1 or, afflict Then I said in my heart, that this also is vanity and vexation of spirit.


vanity. 15 That which is crooked cannot be u to me, even 16 For there is no remembrance of made straight; and that which is vwant

the wise more than of the fool for ever; ingw cannot be numbered.

u chap. 7. 13. seeing that which now is, in the days to 16 I communed with mine own heart, v Ex. 1. 6, 8. come shall all be forgotten. And how saying, Lo, I am come to great estate, v defect. dieth* the wise man? as the fool. and have gotten morey wisdom than all w Job 11. 6. 17 Therefore I hated life; because the they that have been before me in Jerusa- * He. 9. 27. work that is wrought under the sun is lem; yea, my heart had great experi- y1Ki.4.29..31 grievous unto me: for all is vanity and ence of wisdom and knowledge.

10.23, 24. vexation of spirit. 17 And. I gave my heart to know or seen much. 18 Yea, I hated all my labour which wisdom, and to know madness and folly : . ch.7.23, 25. I had ptaken under the sun; because I I perceived that this also is vexation of 1 Th. 5.21. should leave it unto the man that shall spirit.

be after me. °18 Fora in mụch wisdom is much grief: achap. 12.12

. be a wise man or a fool? yeto shall he have plaboured.

19 And who knoweth whether he shall and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow.

61 Ki. 12. 8, rule over all my labour wherein I have la. CHAPTER II. I SAID in mine heart, Go to now, I will & Thap2.3.1wise under the sun. This is also vanity.

c Lu.12.19,20 boured, and wherein I have shewed myself prove thee with mirth;d therefore enjoy e Tit. 3. 3. 20 Therefore I went about to cause my pleasure:e and, behold, this also is vanity. Ś Pr. 14. 13. heart to despair of all the labour which 2 I said of 'laughter. It is mad: and draw my

I took under the sun. of mirth, What doeth it?

flesh with.

21 For there is a man whose labour is 3 I sought in mine heart to give myo Pr. 20. 1.

in wisdom, and in knowledge, and in equi. self unto wine, g yet acquainting mine

ty; yet to a man that hath not laboured heart with wisdom, and to lay hold on

I give.

therein shall her leave it for his portion. folly, till I might see what was that good - Mat. 16.26. This also is vanity, and a great evil. for the sons of men, which they should

22 For whatk hath man of all his

to me.

n hand.


Coincidence with the Divine plan. ECCLESIASTES, III. Vanity of human wishes. labour, and of the vexation of his heart, B.C. 977. so that a man hath no preeminence abore wherein he hath laboured under the sun ?

a beast: for all is vanity. 23 For all his days are sorrows, and his a Job. 5. 7. 20 All go unto one place : allo are of

14. 1. travail grief; yea, his heart taketh not

the dust, and all turn to dust again.

Ac. 14. 22. reste in the night. This is also vanity.

21 Who knoweth the spirit B of man that

b Ge. 3. 19. 24 There is nothing better for a man cchap. 8.'16.goeth upward, s, and the spirit of the than that he should eat and drink, and

Ps. 127. 2.

beast that goeth downward to the earth ? that he should 8 make his soul enjoy Bof the sons

22 Wherefore I perceive that there is good in his labour. This also I saw, that

of man.

nothing better, than that a man should its was from the hand of God. 25 For who can eat, or who else can vis ascending. rejoice in his own works; for that is his

portion: for who shall bring him to see hasten hereunto, more than I?

dchap. 12. 7. what shall be after him? 26 For God giveth to a man that is good 8 or, delight $in his sight, wisdom, and knowledge, and

his senses.


So I returned, and considered all the joy: but to the sinner he giveth travail, e chap. 2. 24. to gather, and to heap up, that o he may 1 ch.5. 18,19. oppressions that are done under the sun; give to him that is good before God. This Sbefore him, pressed, and they had no comforter; and

and, behold, the tears of such as were op; also is vanity and vexation of spirit. CHAPTER III.

Lu. 1. 6.

on the inside of their oppressors there was To every thing there is a season, and a Job 27.16, power; but they had no comforter.


2 Wherefore I praised the dead which time to every purpose under the heaven.

Pr. 13. 22. are already dead, more than the living 2 A time to be born, and a time to

28. 8. which are yet alive. die:i a time to plant, and a time to pluck

3 Yea, h better is he than both they up that which is planted :

time to heal : a

o bear. 3 A time to kill, and

which hath not yet been, who hath not time to break down, and a time to build

seen the evil work that is done under chap. 6. 3.

up: 4 A times to weep, and a time to laugh: Le. 9. 27.

Job 3.11,&c. the sun. a time to mourn, and a time to dance :?

4 Again, I considered all travail, and

k Ro. 12. 15. 5 A time to cast away stones, and a

& every right work, that for this a man

K all the time to gather stones together: a time to

is envied of his neighbour. This is also embrace, and a time to y refrain P from

rightness of vanity and vexation of spirit.

this is the 5 The fool foldeth" his hands together, embracing :

envy of a

and eateth his own flesh. 6 A time to vget, and a time to lose: a

man from. time to keep, and a time to cast away:

6 Bettere is an handful with quietness,

1 Ps. 150. 4. than both the hands full with travail and 7 A time to rend, and a time to sew : a

m Ge.37.4..11 vexation of spirit. time to keep silence, and a time to * Pr. 6. 10. 7 Then I returned, and I saw vanity speak:

01 Co.7.3..5. under the sun. 8 A time to love, and a time to hate: a time of war, and a time of peace.

u be far from 8 There is one alone, and there is not a 9 What profit hath he that worketh in Ex. 19. 15. second : yea, he hath neither child nor that wherein he laboureth ?

Joel 2. 16.

brother: yet is there no end of all his 10 I have seen the travail which God 9 Pr.15.16,17. labour; neither u is his eye satisfied with

riches; neither saith he, For" whom do I hath given to the sons of men to be ex- v seek. ercised in it.

r Am. 5. 13. labour, and bereave my soul of good? 11 He hath made every thing beautiful Job 32.4,&c This is also vanity, yea, it is a sore travail.

9 Two are better than one; because in his time : also he hath set the world Ps. 139. 21. in their heart; so that no man can find

Lu. 14. 26. they have a good reward for their labour.

Re. 2. 2. outw the work that God maketh from

10 For if they fall, the one will lift up

u Pr. 27. 20. the beginning to the end.

his fellow: but woe to him that is alone 12 I know that there is no good in v Ps. 39. 6.

1 John 2.16. when he falleth; for he hath not another them, but for a man to rejoice, and to w Job 11.7,8.

to help him up. do good in his life.

Ro. 11.33.

11 Again, if two lie together, then they 13 And also that every man should eat * Ps. 37.3.

have heat: but how can one be warm

alone ? and drink, and enjoy the good of all his y chap. 2. 24.

z Ja. 1. 17. labour, ity is the gift of God.

12 And if one prevail against him, two

a Pr. 30. 6. 14 I know that whatsoever God doeth,

shall withstand him; and a threefold it shall be for ever :: nothing a can be knoweth not cord is not quickly broken. put to it, nor any thing taken from it:

to be.

13 Better is a poor and a wise child and God doeth it that men should fear 6 chap. 1. 9. than an old and foolish king, who will before him.

pdriven away

no more be admonished. 15 That which hath been is b now; and cchap. 5. 8.

14 For out of prison he cometh to that which is to be hath already been :

Je. 5.1, 2. reign; whereas also he that is born in and God requireth that which is p past.

d Mat. 25. 32. his kingdom becometh poor.

Ro. 2. 6..8. 16 And, moreover, I saw under the

15 I considered all the living which sun the place of judgment, that wicked

2 Co. 5. 10. walk under the sun, with the second child

2Th.1.6..10. that shall stand up in his stead. ness was there, and the place of righteousness, that iniquity was there.

oor, they

16 There is no end of all the people, 17 I said in mine heart, God shall

might even of all that have been before them: judged the righteous and the wicked : for

clear God, they also that come after shall not rejoice there is a time there for every purpose,

in him. Surely this also is vanity and

Ps. 51. 4. and for every work.

vexation of spirit.

e Ex. 3. 5. 18 I said in mine heart concerning the 2 Ch. 26.16.

CHAPTER V. estate of the song of men, that o God might P3.49.12,20: KEEP thy foot when thou goest to the manifest them, and that they might see 73. 22. house of God, and be more ready to hear that they themselves are beasts.

91 Sa. 15. 22. than to give the sacrifices of fools : for 19 For that which befalleth the sons of Pr. 21. 27. they consider not that they do evil. men befalleth beasts; even one thing be

Ho. 6. 6.

2 Be not rash with thy mouth, and falleth them: as the one dieth, so dieth ror, word. let not thine heart be hasty to utter any the other; yea, they have all one breath;

I thing before God: for God is in heaven,

and see,

The vanity of riches.

ECCLESIASTES, VII. Miseries of covetousness. and thou upon earth : therefore let thy B. C.977. | and live many years, so that the days words be few.a

of his years be many, and his soul be not 3 For a dream cometh through the a Pr. 10. 19. filled with good, and also that he have multitude of business; and a fool's voice

Mat. 6. 7. no burial;I say, that an untimely birth is known by multitude of words.

62 Ki. 9. 35..

is better than he:

37. 4 When thou vowest a vow unto God,

Is.14.19, 20.

4 For he cometh in with vanity, and defer not to pay it; for he hath no pleasured

Je. 22. 19.

departeth in darkness, and his name shall in fools : pay that which thou hast vowed. cNu. 30. 2.

be covered with darkness. 5 Bettere is it that thou shouldest not vow, De.23.21..23 5 Moreover, he hath not seen the sun, than that thou shouldest vow and not pay. Ps.66.13,14. nor known any thing: this hath more

6 Suffer not thy mouth to cause thy a He. 10. 38. rest than the other. flesh to sin; neither say thou before the ePr. 20. 25. 6 Yea, though he live a thousand years angelo that it was an error: wherefore

Ac. 5. 4.

twice told, yet hath he seen no good: do should God be angry at thy voice, and Ps. 59. 8, not all go to one place ?

g1 Co. 11. 10. destroy the work of thine hands ?

He. 1. 14.

Allh the labour of man is for his 7 For in the multitude of dreams and a Pr. 16. 26. mouth, and yet the ß appetite is not filled. many words there are also divers vanities :

8 For what hath the wise more than but feari thou God.


the fool? what hath the poor, that know8 If* thou seest the oppression of the chap: 12:13. eth to walk before the living? poor, and violent perverting of judgment

k .

9 Better is the sight of the eyes than and justice in a province, marvel not at y walking of the y wandering of the desire. this is

. the matter: for her that is higher than

also vanity and vexation of spirit. the highest regardeth; and there bem 8 will, or, 10 That which hath been is named higher than they.


already, and it is known that it is man: 9 Moreover, the profit of the earth is for ? Ps. 12. 5.

58. 11,

peitherr. may he contend with him that all: the king himself is served by the field.

m Ps. 95. 3.

is mightier than he. 10 Heo that loveth silver shall not be sa

n Job 40. 2.

11 Seeing there be many things that intisfied with silver; nor he that loveth abun- Is. 45. 9.

crease vanity, what is man the better? dance with increase. This is also vanity. o Mat.6.19,24

12 For who knoweth what is good for 11 When goods increase, they are in- p Ps. 73. 6. man in this life, 5 all the days of his vain creased that eat them: and what good is ? Ps. 47. 4. life which he spendeth as a shadow ?r for there to the owners thereof, saving the 5 the num. who can tell a man what shall be after beholding of them with their eyes ?

ber of the him under the sun ? 12 The sleep of a labouring manis

days of the

CHAPTER VII. sweet, whether he eat little or much :

life of his

A GOOD. name is better than precious

vanity. but the abundance of the rich will not

* Ps. 102. 11. ointment; and the day of death than the suffer him to sleep.

Ja. 4. 14.

day of one's birth. 13 There is a sore evil which I have. Pr. 22. 1. 2 It is better to go to the house of seen under the sun, namely, riches kept tiTi.6. 9. mourning than to go to the house of feastfor the owners thereof to their hurt.t

Ja. 5.1, 2. ing: for that is the end of all men; and 14 But those riches perish by, evil tra- nor, Anger. the living will lay it to his heart. vail; and he begetteth à son, and there is u2 Co. 7. 10.

3 n Sorrow is better than laughter: for* nothing in his hand.

v Job 1. 21.

by the sadness of the countenance the 15 Aso he came forth of his mother's Ps. 49. 17. heart is made better. womb, naked shall he return to go as he w Ps. 141. 5. 4 The heart of the wise is in the house came, and shall take nothing, of his labour, a sound. of mourning: but the heart of fools is which he may carry away in his hand. * Pr. 11. 29.

in the house of mirth. 16 And this also is a sore evil, that in Ho. 8. 7. 5 It is better to hear the rebukew of all points as he came, so shall he go: and Pr.1.27..29. the wise, than for a man to hear the song what profit hath he that hath laboured for

. De. 16. 19. of fools. the wind ? *

k there is a 6 For as the crackling of thorns un. 17 All his days also he eateth in dark

good which

der a pot, so is the laughter of the fool. ness, and he hath much sorrow and wrathy

is comely. This also is vanity. with his sickness.

a Pr. 14. 29.

7 Surely oppression maketh a wise man 18 Behold that which I have seen : kita the num- mad; and a gift: destroyeth the heart. is good and comely for one to eat and to

ber of

8 Better is the end of a thing than the drink, and to enjoy the good of all his 61 Ti. 6. 17., beginning thereof; and the patienta in labour that he taketh under the sun à all c chap. 2. 24. spirit is better than the proud in spirit. the days of his life, which God giveth 6

3. 12, 13.

9 Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry: him ; for it is his portion.

M out of wis-

for anger resteth in the bosom of fools. 19 Every man also to whom God hath

vor, as good

10 Say not thou, What is the cause that given riches and wealth, and hath given as an inherit the former days were better than these ? him power to eat thereof, and to take his ance, yea,

for thou dost not inquire il wisely conportion, and to rejoice in his labour; this better too.

cerning this. is the gift of God.

IT or, though 11 Wisdom is v good with an inherit20 For a he shall not much remember he give not ance; and by it there is profit to them the days of his life; because God answer

much, yet that see the sun.

he rememeth him in the joy of his heart.

12 For wisdom is a p defence, and mo

bereth. CHAPTER VI. THERE is an evil which I have seen


ney is a defence: but the excellency of

knowledge is, that wisdomd giveth life

d Pr. 8. 35. under the sun, and it is common among e Is. 14. 27.

to them that have it. Job 21. 10,

13 Consider the work of God: for e 2 A man to whom God hath given riches, &c. who can make that straight which he wealth, and honour, so that he wanteth Ps. 73. 7. hath made crooked ? nothing for his soul of all that he desireth, Lu. 12. 20. 14 In the day of prosperity be joyful, yeto God giveth him not power to eat o made. but in the day of adversity consider: thereof, but a stranger eateth it: this is John 16.33. God also hath o set the one over againsth vanity, and it is an evil disease.

Ac. 14. 22. the other, to the end that man should find 3 If a man beget an hundred children,

nothing after him.


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Advantages of wisdom. ECCLESIASTES, VIII. Mysteries of Providence.

15 All things have I seen in the days B. C. 977. 9 All this have I seen, and applied my of my vanity: there is a a just man that

heart unto every work that is done under perisheth in his righteousness, and there a chap. 8. 14. the sun: there is a time wherein one man is a wicked man that prolongeth his life John 16. 2. ruleth over another to his own hurt. in his wickedness.

Ac. 7. 59.

10 And so I saw the wicked buried,

Is. 65. 20. 16 Be not righteous over much, neither

who had come and gone from the place

cRo. 10. 2. make thyself over wise: why shouldest

d Je. 17. 13.

of the holy, and they were forgottena in thou B destroye thyself?

He. 10. 38.

the city where they had so done. This is 17 Be not over much wicked, neither Bbe deso- also vanity. be thou foolish: whys shouldest thou die late,

11 Becauses sentence against an evil y before thy time?

e chap. 12.12. work is not executed speedily, thereforeh 18 It is good that thou shouldest take 1 Ps.55.23. the heart of the sons of men is fully set hold of this; yea, also from this with Ps. 10. 6. in them to do evil. draw not thine hand: for he i that feareth

50. 21.

12 Though k a sinner do evil an hun. God shall come forth of them all.

2 Pe. 3.3, 4. dred times, and his days be prolonged, 19 Wisdom strengtheneth the wise more

y not in.

yet surely I know that it shall be well

h Is. 26. 10. than ten mighty men which are in the city.

ich.8. 12, 13.

with them that fear God, which fear 20 Form there is not a just man upon

before him :

Mal. 4. 2. earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not.

k chap.7. 15.

13 But it shall not be well with the 21 Also 8 take no heed unto all", words ? Ps.37.18,19. wicked, neither shall he prolong his that are spoken; lest thou hear thy ser- Is. 3.10, 11. days, which are as a shadow; because vant curse thee:

m2 Ch. 6. 36. he feareth not before God. 22 For oftentimes also thine own heart 1 John 1. 8. 14 There is a vanity which is done knoweth that thou thyself likewise hast & give not upon the earth; that there be just men, cursed others.

thy heart.

unto whomo it happeneth according to 23 All this have I proved by wisdom: n Is. 29. 21. the work of the wicked: again, there be IP said, I will be wise; but it was far o Job 21.7, wicked men, to whom it happeneth acfrom me.

&c. cording to the work of the righteous. I 24 That which is far off, and exceeding Ps. 73. 14. said, that this also is vanity.

Mal. 3. 15. deep, who can find it out?

15 Then I commended mirth, because

p Ro. 1. 22. 25 I 5 applied mine heart to know, and

1 Co. 1. 20.

a man hath no better thing under the to search, and to seek out wisdom, and

sun, than to eat, 9 and to drink, and to the reason of things, and to know the

heart com

be merry; for that shall abide with him wickedness of folly, even of foolishness passed. of his labour the days of his life, which and madness :

a chap.5.18. God giveth him under the sun. 26 And I find more bitter than death

9.7. 16 When I applied mine heart to know the woman whose heart is snares" and 1 Ti. 4. 3, 4. wisdom, and to see the business that is nets, and her hands as bands : n whoso 6. 17. done upon the earth: (for also there is pleaseth. God shall escape from her ; but Pr. 5. 3... that neither day nor night seeth sleep the sinner shall be taken by her.

n he that is

with his eyes :) 27 Behold, this have I found, saith the good before. 17 Then I beheld all the work of God, Preacher, counting one by one, to find Pr. 22. 14. that a man cannot find out the work out the account;

O weighing that is done under the sun; because 28 Which yet my soul seeketh, but I one thing though a man labour to seek it out, yet find not: one man among a thousand after an. he shall not find it; yea, farther, though have I found; but a woman among all

other, to

a wise man think to know it, yet shawl those have I not found.

find out

he not be able to find it.

the reason, 29 Lo, this only have I found, that God

CHAPTER IX. hath made man upright ;u but they have Job 5. 9; FOR all this I k considered in my heart,

Ps. 40. 5. sought out many" inventions.

Ro. 11.33.

even to declarer all this, that the rightCHAPTER VIII.

u Ge. 1. 27. WHO is as the wise man? and whox

eous, and the wise, and their works, are K gave, or,

in the hand of God: no man knoweth knoweth the interpretation of a thing? a

either love or hatred by all that is before man's wisdom maketh his face to shine, v Ge.3.6, &c. them. and the a boldness of his face shall be wch. 12.9, 10. 2 Ally things come alike: to all: there changed.

* Pr. 1. 5, 6. is one event to the righteous and to the 2 | counsel thee to keep the king's a com- 1 strength. wicked; to the good, and to the clean, mandment, and that in regard of the oath y chap. 8. 14. and to the unclean; to him that sacri. of God.

Mal. 3. 18. ficeth, and to him that sacrificeth pot: as 3 Beb not hasty to go out of his sight: a Ro. 13. 1..6. is the good, so is the sinner; and he that stand not in an evil thing; for he doeth chap: 10,4 sweareth, as he that feareth an oath.

. whatsoever pleaseth him.

Pr. 30. 31. 4 Where the word of a king is, there is a Ge. 6.5.

3 This is an evil among all things that

are done under the sun, that there is one power;, and who may say unto him, Je. 17. 9.

event unto all: yea, also the heart d of the What doest thou ?

Mat.15.19. sons of men is full of evil, and madness 5. Whoso keepeth the commandment u know. is in their heart while they live, and after shall we feel noe evil thing: and a wise man's Ps. 119. 6. that they go to the dead. heart discerneth both time and judgment.

1 Pe. 3. 13. 4 For to him that is joined to all the 6 Because to every purpose there is vhow. living there is hope : for a living dog is

Job 14. 21. time and judgment; therefore the misery

better than a dead lion.

Is. 63. 16. of man is great upon him.

g Ps. 49. 7. 5 For the living, know that they shall 7 For he knoweth not that which shall be: h Job 7.8.10. die; but the dead, know not any thing, for who can tell him v when it shall be ? Is. 26. 14.

neither have they any more a reward, 8 Therel is no man that hath power i Ex. 1.8. fork the memory of them is forgotten. over the spirit, to retain the spirit; nei- * Mat. 2. 20. 6. Also their love, and their hatred," ther hath he power in the day of death; * or, casting and their envy, is now perished; neiand there is no a discharge in that war; of weapons. ther have they any more a portion for neither shall wickedness? deliver those ? Ps.73.18,&c ever in any thing that is done under that are given to it.

set to.

the sun.

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Duties of princes and subjects. ECCLESIASTES, XII. Obligation to be liberal.

7. Go thy way, eata thy bread with joy, B.C. 977. enchantment; and B a babbler is no better. and drink thy wine b with a merry heart;

12 The words of a wise man's mouth for God now accepteth thy works.

a chap. 8. 15. are y gracious : buta the lips of a fool will 8 Let thy garmentse be always white ; B the master swallow up himself. and let thy head lack no ointment.

of the tongue.

13 The beginning of the words of his 9 Live joyfully with the wife, whom 6 chap.10.19. mouth is foolishness: and the end of his thou lovest all the days of the life of thy c Pr. 15. 2. Śtalk is mischievous madness. vanity, which he hath given thee under

14 A fool also n is full of words : a man

y grace, the sun, all the days of thy vanity:" for Col. 4. 6.

cannot tell what shall be; and what shall that is thy portion in this life, and in thy a Pr. 18.7. be after him, who can tell him? labour which thou takest under the sun. e Re. 16. 15. 15 The labour of the foolish wearieth

10 Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, Mat. 6. 17. every one of them: because he knoweth do it with thy might;i for there is no work, 8 see, or, en- not how to go to the city. por device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, joy life. 16 Woe

to thee, O land, when thy king is a in the grave, whither thou goest.

g Pr.5.15..19. child, and thy princes eat in the morning! 11 I returned, and saw under the sun, s mouth. 17 Blessed art thou, O land, when thy that m the race is not to the swift, nor the , multiplieth

. king is the son of nobles, and thy princes battle to the strong, neither yet bread

eat in due season, for strength, and not to the wise, nor yet riches to men of un

chap. 5, 18. il Co.9.24..26

for drunkenness! derstanding, nor yet favour to men of k chap. 11. 3.

18 By much slothfulness the building skill; but time and chance happeneth to Job 14.7..12 decayeth ;, and through idleness of the them all.

1 Is. 3. 4, 12. hands the house droppeth through. 12 For man also knoweth not his time: m Ps. 75.6, 7. 19 A feast is made for laughter, and as the fishes that are taken in an evil net, Je. 9. 23. winen maketh e merry: but money anand as the birds that are caught in the

Am.2.14,15. swereth all things. snare; so are the sons of men snaredo in ~ Ps. 104. 15.

20 Curse notř the king, no, not in thy an evil time, when it falleth suddenly glad the life « thought: and curse not the rich in thy upon them.

Lu. 21. 34. bedchamber: for? a bird of the air shall 13 This wisdom have I seen also under 1 Th. 5. 3. carry the voice, and that which hath wings the sun, and it seemed great unto me:

p Ex. 22. 28. shall tell the matter. 14 Therer was a little city, and few men

Ac, 23. 5.

CHAPTER XI. within it; and there came a great king Kor, con


's thy bread a upon the waters:t for against it, and besieged it, and built great

science. thou shalt find it after many days. bulwarks against it:

9 Lu. 19. 40.

2. Give a portion to seven, and also to 15 Now there was found in it a poor 2 Sa. 20.16. eight; for thou knowest not what evil

& Is. 32. 20. wise man, and he by his wisdom deli

shall be upon the earth. vered the city; yet no man remembered upon the 3 If the clouds be full of rain, they

face of that same poor man.

empty themselves upon the earth : and if 16 Then said I, Wisdom is better v than t De. 15. 10. the tree fall toward the south or toward strength: nevertheless w the poor man's Ps: 41.1, 2. the north, in the place where the tree

. 11. 25. wisdom is despised, and his words are

19. 17.

falleth, there it shall be. not heard.

Is. 32.8. 4 He that observeth the wind, shall not 17 The words of wise men are heard in Mat. 10. 42. sow; and he that regardeth the clouds, quiet, more than the cry of him that 2 Co. 9. 8. shall not reap. ruleth among fools.

He. 6.10,11. 5 As y thou knowest not what is the way 18 Wisdom is better than weapons of " Mi. 5. 5. of the spirit, nor how the bones do grow war: but one a sinner destroyeth much v Pr. 21. 22. in the womb of her that is with child;

24. 5, 6. good.

even so thou knowest not the works of

w Mar. 6.2, 3. CHAPTER X.

* Pr. 28. 23.

God who maketh all. DEAD M flies cause the ointment of the John 3. 8. In the morning sow thy seed, and in apothecary to send forth & stinking, sa- Ps. 139. 15. the evening withhold not thine hand : for vour: sob doth a little folly him that is in a Jos.7.1,&o. thou knowest not whether shall v prosreputation for wisdom and honour.

u flies of per, either this or that, or whether they 2 A wise man's heart is at his right death.

both shall be alike good. hand; but a fool's heart at his left.

Mat. 5. 13. 7 Truly the light is sweet, and a plea3 Yea also, when he that is a fool walk- c1 Co. 3.7. sant thing it is for the eyes to behold the eth by the way, his a wisdom faileth him, vbe right. and he saitha to every one that he is a fool. I heart. 8 But if a man live many years, and re4 If the spirit of the ruler rise

up against a Pr. 13. 16. joice in them all; yet e let him remember thee, leave not thy place; for å yielding John 12.35. the days of darkness; for they shall be pacifieth great offences.

chap. 8. 3. many. . All that cometh is vanity. 5 There is an evil which I have seen g1 Sa. 25. 24, 9 Rejoice, O young man, in thy youth, under the sun, as an error which pro

&c. and let thy heart cheer thee in the days ceedeth p from the ruler :

h Job 14. 10. of thy youth, and walk in the ways of 6 Follyk is set in great o dignity, and pfrom before. thine heart, and in the sight of thine eyes : the rich sit in low place.

i Nu. 15. 39. but know thou, that for all these things 7 I have seen servants? upon horses, and De.29.19,20 God will bring thee into judgment.m princes walking as servants upon the earth. * Es. 3. 1. 10 Therefore remove T sorrow from thy

8 Her that diggeth a pit shall fall into heights. heart, and put awayo evil from thy flesh: it; and whoso breaketh an hedge, a ser- i Pr. 30. 22.

for childhood and youth are vanity. pent shall bite him.

mchap. 12.14.

CHAPTER XII. 9 Whoso removeth stones shall be hurt Не, 9. 27.

REMEMBERP now thy Creator in the therewith; and he that cleaveth wood for, anger. days of thy youth, while the evil days shall be endangered thereby.

n Ps. 7. 15.

come not, nor the years draw nigh, when 10 If the iron be blunt, and he do not 02 Ti. 2. 22. thou shalt say, I ¢ have no pleasure in whet the edge, then must be put to more PIs. 26.8.

them; strength: but wisdom is profitable to 92 Sa. 19.35. 2 While the sun, or the light, or the direct.

ri Ch. 12. 32. moon, or the stars, be not darkened ; nor 11 Surely the serpent will bite without

the clouds return after the rain :


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