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Difficulty of getting wisdom. ECCLE
7 fl Surely oppression maketh a wise man mad; and a gist destroyetb the heart.
8 Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof; and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.
9 Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry: for anger resteth in the bosom of fools.
10 Say not thou, What is the cause that the former days were better than thele? for thou dost not enquire wisely concerning this. _ i
ii f[ Wisdom is good with an inheritance: and by it there is profit to them that see the sun.
12 For wisdom is a defence, and money is a defence: but the excellency of knowledge is, that wisdom giveth life to them that have it.
ij Consider the work of God: for ■who can make that straight, which he hath made crooked?
14 In the day of prosperity be joyful, but in the day of adversity consider: God also hath set the one over against the other, to the end that man should find nothing after him.
15 All thmgs have I seen in the days of my vanity: there is a just man that perilheth in his righteousness, aud there js a wicked man that prolongeth his Use in his wickedness.
16 Be not righteous over much; neither make thyself over wise: why (houldest thou destroy thyself.'
17 Be not over much wicked, neither be thou foolish: why Ihouldelt thou die before thy time?
1 8 It is good that thou sliouklest take hold of this; yea, also from this withdraw not thine hand: for lit that feareth God (hall come forth of the.11 all.
19 Wisdom strengthened! the wise more than tea mighty men which are in the city.
20 For tlien is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not.
21 Also take no heed unto all words that are spoken » kst thou hear thy servant curse thee:
22 For oftentimes also thine own heart knoweth that thou thyself likewise hast Cursed others.
25 % All this have I proved by wisdom: I said, I will be wile; but it <zuas far from me.
14 That which is far off, and exceeding deep, who can find if out?
25 I applied mine heart to know, and to search, and to seek"out wiidom, and the'reason of things, and to know the
S IA S T E S Kings to be respeSid.
wickedness of folly, even of foolishness and madness t
26 Arid I find more bitter than death the woman whose heart is snares and nets, and her hands as bands: whoso pleafeth God (hall elcape from her; but the sinner shall be taken by her.
*7 Behold, this have I found, faith the preacher, counting one by one, to find out the account:
28 Which yet my soul secketh, but I find not: one man among a thousand have I found; but a woman among all those have I not found.
29 Lo, this only have I found, that God hath made man upright; but they have sought out many inventions.
CHAP. VIII. 1 Kings are greatly to be refpeBed. 6 Tin divine providence is to be observed, n // is better tuith the godly in adversity, than iuhh the 'wicked in prosperity. 16 The <wt>rk of Gad is unsearchable.
WHO is as the wise man? and who knoweth the interpretation of a thing? a man's wisoom maketh his face to shine, and the boldness of his face (hall be chauged.
21 counsel t/tec to keep the king's commandment, and that in regard of the oath of God.
3 Be not hasty to go out of his fight: stand not in an evil thing; for he doeth whatsoever pleafeth him.
4 Where the word of a king is, there is power: and who may fay unto hial, What doest thou?
5 Whoso keepeth the commandment shall seel no evil thing: and a wife man's heart dilccrneth Dotli time and judgement.
6 qj Because to every purpose there is time and judgement, therefore the misery of man ts great upon him.
7 For he knoweth not that which (lull be: forwhocan tell him when itstiallbe?
8 There is no man that hath power over the spirit to retain the spirit; neiter hath he power in the day of death: and there is no discharge in that war; neither (hall wickedness deliver those that are given to it.
9 All this have I seen, and applied my heart unto every work that is done under the fun: there is a time wherein one man ruleth over another to his own hurt.
10 And so I sow the wicked buried who had come and gone from the pfece of the holy, and they were forgotten in the city where they had so done: this is also vanitv.
11 Bccauii sentence against au *v"
work work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully'set in them to do evil.
Tht vnrh os God is unsearchable: Chap. ix. his providence ruleth over all.
12 <[ Though a sinner do evil an hundred times, and his days be prolonged, yet surely I know that it ihall be well with them that sear God, which fear besore him:
t; But it (hall not be well with the wicked, neither ihall he prolong his days, which are as a shadow; because he feareth not before God.
14. There is a vanity which is done upon the earth; that there be just men, unto whom it happeneth according to the work of the wicked; again, there be wicked men, to whom it happeneth according to the work of the. righteous: I laid that this also is vanity.
15 Then I commended mu'th, because J man huh no better tiling under the sun than to eat, and to drink, and to be merry: for that shall abide with him of liislabouithedaysof his life, which God giveth him under the fun. _
16 «] When I applied mine heart to know wisdom, and to see the business that ia done upon the earth i (for also thtrt is that neither day nor night seeth flap with his eyes:)
»7Then I beheld all the work of God, that a man cannot find out the work that is done under the fun: because though a man labour to seek it Out, yet he ihall BotnndiV; ye.i farther; though a wise man think to know it, yet (hall he not be able to find it.
C A H P. IX. • Like things happen to good and bad.
t,1here is a necessity of death Who nun.
7 Comfort is all I'h,fir portion in this life.
11 God's providence ruleih over all. 13
Wi/ilm is belter than strength.
FOR all this I considered in my heart even to.declare all this, that the righwous.and the wise, and their work %,are in thehandof God: nomanknoweth either love or hatred by ali that is before them.
* All things come alike to all: there is one event to the righteous and to the wicked; to the good and to the clean, and to the unclean; to him that facrifictth, and to him that sacrificeth not: as "the good, so is the sinner; and he that iweweth, as hi that feareth .an oath.
\ Thisis an evil among all things that aredone under the fun, that there is one event unto all: yea, also the heart of the '""s of men is full of evil, and madness "in their heart while they live, and after that they go to the dead.
♦ K For to him that is joined to all the
living there is hope: for a living dog is better than a dead lion.
5 For the living know that they [hall die: but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten.
si Also their love, and their hatred, and their envy, is now perished; neither have they any more a portion for ever in any thing that is done under the fun.
7 fl Go thy way, eat thy bread with joy, and drink thy wine with a meiry heart; forGod nowaccepteth thy works.
8 Let thy garments be always white; and let thy head lack no ointment.
9 Live joyfully with the wise whom thou lovest all the days of thje life of thy vanity, which he hath given thee under the fun, all the days ot thy vanity: for that is thy portion in this life, and in thy labour which thou takelt under the fun.
10 Whatsoever thy handfindeth to do, do:'f with thy might; for/Acr^u no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.
11 fl I returned, aud saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of (kill; but time and dunce happeneth to them all.
11 For man also knoweth not his time: as the fishes that are taken in an evil net, and as the birds that are caught in the snare; so are the sons of men snared in an evil time, when it falleth suddenly upon them.
13 fl This wisdom have I seen also under the sun, and it Jeenied great untg me •.
H.There -iwm a little city, and few men within it; and there came a great king againstit, and besieged it, and built great bulwarks against it:
15 Now there was found in it a poor wife man, and he by his wililom delivered the city; yet no man remembered that (ame poor man.
16 Then said I, Wisdom is better than strength: nevertheless the poor man's wisdom is despised, and his words are not heard.
17 The words of wife men are hear4 in quiet more than the cry of him that ruleth among fools.
18 Wisdom is better than weapons of war: but one sinner deitroyeth muck good.
CHAP. X. 1 Observations of'wisdom and folly, isi Of riot, 1 %jlathfttlness,\ 9 andmoney.2oM«i's thoughts qfiinpj ought lo be reverent. i J A S DEAD CHAP. XI.
Os wisdom Jolly, &c. ECCLESIASTESW* Creator to be remembertd.
DEAD flies cause the ointment of the apothecary to send forth a linking savour: so doth a little folly him that is in reputation for wiidom and honour, i A wife man's heart is at his right hand; but a fool's heart at his left.
■} Yeaalso, when he that is afool walketh by the way, his wisdom faileth him, and he faith to every one, tliat he is a fool.
4 If the spirit os the ruler rise up against thee, leave not thy place; for yielding pacifieth great offences.
5 There is an evil •which I have seen \mder the sun, as an error nuhich proceeded! from the ruler:
I Directions for charity, y Death in life, 9 and the day of judgement in the dajt of youth are to be thought on.
CAST thy bread upon the waters.- for thou (halt find it after many days, x Give a portion to seven, and also to eight; for thou knowest not what evil sliall be upon the earth.
3 If the clouds be full of rain, they empty themselves upon the earth: and if
6 Folly is set in great dignity, and the rich sit in low place.
7 I have seen servants upon horses, and princes walking as servants upon the earth.
8 He that diggeth a pit shall fall into it; and whoso breaketh an hedge, a serpent (hall bite him.
9 Wholb removeth stones shall be hurt therewith; and he that cleaveth wood shall be endangered thereby.
io If the iron be blunt, and he do not wbet the edge, then must he put to more strength: but wisdom is profitable to direct.
11 Surely the serpent will bite without enchantment; and a babbler is no better.
Ii The words of a wife man's mouth ere gracious: but the lips of a fool will swallow up himself.
IS The beginning of the words of his mouth is foolishness: and the end of his talk is mischievous madness.
14 A fool allb is full of words: a man cannot tell what (hall be; and what (hall be after him, who can tell him?
15 The labour of the foolish wearieth every one of them, because he knoweth not how to go to the city.
16 %\ Woe to thee, O land, when thy king is a child, and thy princes eat in the morning!
17 Blesled art thou, O land, when thy king is the son of nobles, and thy princes eat in due season, for strength, and not for drunkenness!
18 %\ By much flothfulnefs the building decayeth; and through idleness of the hands the house droppeth through.
19s A feast i« made for laughter, and wine maketh merry: but money answereth all things.
Io^i Curse not the king, no, not in thy thought; and curse not the rich in thy bedchamber: for a bird of the air shall carry the voice, and that which hath wings (hall tell the matter.
the tree fall toward the Couth, or toward the north, in the place where the tree faileth, there it (hall be.
4 He that obscrveth the wind (hall not low; and he that regardeth the clouds shall not reap.
5 As thou knowest not what is the way of the spirit, nor how the bones do groiu in the womb of her that is with child: even so thou knowest not the works of God who maketh all.
6 In the morning sow thy feed, and in the evening withhold not thine hand: for thou knowest not whether (hall prosper either this or that, or whether they both shall be alike good.
7 ej Truly the light is sweet, and a pleasant thing it is for the eyes to behold the fun:
8 But if a man live many years, arj rejoice in them all; yet let him remember the days of darkness; for they (hall be many. All that cometh is vanity.
9 ^J Rejoice, O young man, in thy youth; and let thy heart cheer thee inthe days of thy youth, and walk in the ways of thine heart, and in the fight of thine eyes: but know thou, that for all these things God will bring thee into judgement.
10 Therefore remove sorrow from thy heart, and put away evil from thy flesti: for childhood and youth are vanity.
CHAP. XII. 1 The Creator is to be remembered in due time.%Thef readier'scare to edify. 1S the fear of God is the chief antidote of-vanity.
REmembernowthy Creator in thedays of thy youth.whik theevil clays come not, nor the years draw nigh, when theu (halt fay, I have no pleasure in them;
% While the sun, or the light, or the moon, or the stars, be not darkened, nor the clouds return after the rain:
3 In the day when the keepers of the house (hall tremble, and the strong men shall bow themselves, and the grinders cease because they arefew, and these thjf look out of the windows be darkened,
4 And the doors (hall be (hut in the streets, when the found of the griadin? is low, and he (hall rise up at the voice of the bird, and all the daughters of musick (hall be brought low;
Tkt mutual levies SOLOMON'S SONG. Christ and his church.
j Also when they (hall be afraid of that •which is high, aud fear /hall be in the way, and the almond tree (hall flourish, ana the grasshopper (hall be a burden,anil desire (hall fail: because man goeth to his long home, and the mourners go about the streets:
6 Or ever the silver cord be loosed, or the golden bowl be broken, or the pitcher be broken at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the cistern.
7 Then (hall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit (hall return unto God who gave it.
8 f\ Vanity of vanities, faith the preacher; all is vanity.
9 And moreover, because the preacher was wife, he still taught the people
knowledge; yea, he gave good heed, and sought out, and set in order many proverbs.
10 The preacher sought to find out acceptable words i and thai which was written was upright, even words of truth.
11 The words of the wife are as goads, and as nails fastened by the masters of assemblies, ivhich are given from one (hepherd.
11 And further, by these, my son, be admonished: of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesti.
i j fj Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.
i4For God shall bring every work into judgement, with every (ecret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.
The SONG of SOLOMON.
i tie church's love unto Christ. 5 She conftjseth her deformity, 7 andprayeth to be dinged to his flock. % Christ direBfth her to the shepherds'tents: 9 and/hewing his love to her, 11 giveth her gracious promises. 12. The church and Christ congratulate one another.
THE song of songs, which is Solomon's. x Let him kiss me with the
kisses of his mouth: for thy love is
better than wine, j Because of the savour os thy good
ointments thy name is as ointment poured
forth, therefore do the virgins love thee.
4 Draw me, we will run after thee: the king hath brought me into his chambers: we will be glad and rejoice in thee, we will remember thy love more than wine: the upright love thee.
5 *J I am black, but comely, O ye daughters of Jerusalem, as the tents of Keaar, as the curtains of Solomon.
< Look not upon me, because I am Mack, because the sun hath looked upon m«: my mother's children were angry with _ me -r they made me keeper of the vineyards; but mine own vineyard have I not kept.
7 *J Tell me, O thou whom my soul loveth, where thou feedest, where thou raakeft thy flock to rest at noon-, for why should I be as one that turneth aside by the flocks of thy companions?
'H If thou know not, O thou fairest among women, go thy way forth by
the footsteps of the flock, and feed thy kids beside the shepherds' tents.
9 *J I have compared thee, O my love, to a company of horses in Pharaoh'* chariots.
10 Thy cheeks are comely with rows of jewels, thy neck with chains of gold.
11 «J We will make thee borders of gold with studs of silver.
11 «J While the kingJitteth at his table, my spikenard sendeth forth the smell thereof.
13 A bundle of myrrh is my wellbeloved unto me; he fliall lie all night betwixt my breasts.
14. My beloved is unto me as a cluster of camphire in the vineyards of En-gedi.
1 j Behold, thou art lair, my love; behold, thou art fair; thou hast doves' eyes.
16 Behold, thou art fair, my beloved, yea, pleasant: also our bed is green.
17 The beams of our house are cedar, and our rafters of sir.
1 The mutual love of Christ and his church.
8 The hope, 1 o and calling of the church.
■^Christ's careof the church. 16 Thepro*
fe/Jion of the church, her faith and hope.
I AM the rose of Sharon, and the lily of the v al lies.
a As the lily among thorns, so is my love among the daughters.
3 As the apple tree among the trees of
the wood, so is my beloved among the
sons. I fat down under his shadow with
I great delight, and his fruit was sweet
I to my taste,
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4. He brought me to the banqueting
haule, and hj.s banner over me -ivus love.
5 Stay me with flagons, comfort me with apples: for I am sick of love.
6 Ills left hand it under my head, and his right hand doth embrace me.
7 I charge you, O ye daughters of Jerusalem, by the roes, and by the hinds of the -field, that ye stir not up, nor awake my love, till he please.
8 f\ The voice of my beloved! behold, he cometh leaping upon the mountains, (kipping upon the hills.
9 My beloved is like a roe or a young hart: behold, he standeth behind our wall, he looketh forth at the windows, (hewing himself through the lattice.
10 My beloved spake, and said unto me, Rile up, my love, my fair one, and come away.
11 For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone;
12 The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the tinging of birds is come, ami the voice of the turtle is heard in our land;
n The fig tree putteth forth her green firs, and the vines with the tender grape £vve * goad (me\l. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away.
1 + ]\ O iny dove, that art in the clefts of the rock, in the lecret places of the stairs, let me fee thy countenance, let me hear thy voice; for sweet is thy voice, and thy countenance is comely.
15 Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines: for our vines ha-ve tender grapes.
16 ^[ My beloved is mine, and I am his: he feedeth among the lilies.
17 Until the day break, and the shadows flee away, turn, my beloved, and he thou like a'roe or a young hart upon the mountains of Bether.
CHAP. III. 1 The church*5fight and-viilary in temptation. 6 The church glorieth in Christ. BY night on my bed I sought him whom my soul loveth: I sought him, but 1 found him not.
2 I will rise now, and go about the eity in the streets, and in the broad ways I will seek him whom my soul loveth: I sought him, but I found him not.
j The watchmen that go about the city found me: to •whom I said, Saw ye him whom my soul loveth?
4. // iuas but a little that I passed from them, but I found him whom my soul loveth: I held him, and would not let him go, until I bad brought him into my mother's house, and into the
chamber of her that conceived me.
5 I charge you, O ye daughters of Jerusalem, by the roes, and by the hinds of the field, that ye stir not up, nor awake my love, till he please.
6 fl Who is this that cometh out of the wilderness like pillars of smoke, perfumed with myrrh and frankincense, with all powders of the merchant?
7 Behold his bed, which is Solomon's; threescore valiant men are about it, of the valiant of Israel.'
8 They all hold swords, being expert in war: every man hath bis sword upon his thigli because of fear in the night.
9 King Solomon made himself a chariot of the wood of Lebanon.
10 He made the pillars thereof of silver, the bottom thereof of gold, the covering of it of purple, the midst thereof being paved -with love, for the daughters of Jerusalem.
11 Go forth, O ye daughters of Zion, and behold king Solomon with the crown wherewith his mother crowned him in the day of his espousals, and in the day of the gladness of his heart.
CHAP. IV. 1 Christ fetteth forth the graces of the church. % He fhfuieth Jus iove to her. 16 The church prayeth to be made fit fur his presence.
BEHOLD, thou art fair, my love; behold, thou art fair; thou haft doves' eyes within thy locks: thy hair/; asaflock of goats, that appear from mount Gile.ul.
2 Thy teeth are like a flock offers that are even (horn, which came up from the washing; whereof every one bear twins, and none is barren among them.
3 Thy lips are like a thread ofscarlet, and thy speech is comely: thy temples are like a piece of a pomegranate within thy locks.
+ Thy neck is like the tower of David builded for an armoury, whereon there hang a thousand bucklers, all shields of mighty men.
5 Thy two breasts are like two young roes that are twins, which feed among the lilies.
6 Until the day break, and the shadows flee away, I wijl get rae t» the mountain of myrrh, and to the bill of frankincense.
7 Thou art all fair, my love; there u no spot in thee.
8 f Come with me from Lebanon, *> spouse, with me from Lebanon 1 look from the top of Amana, from the top ol Shenir and Hermon, from the lions'dens, from the mountains of the leopirdi.