This is also Vanity; yea, it is a sore Travel. Two are better then one; because they have a good reward for their Labour. For if they fall, the one will lift up his Fellow; but Wo to him that is alone, when he falleth: For he hath not another to help him up. Again, if two lie together, then they have heat: but, how can one be warm alone? And, if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a three-fold Cord is not quickly broken.
Better is a poor and a wise Child, than an Old and foolish King, who will no more be admonished Heb. For, out of Prison he cometh to Reign Heb. I considered all the living which walk under the Sun, with the second Child that shall stand up in his stead.
There is no end of all the People, even of all that have been before them: they also that come after, shall not rejoyce in him: surely this also is vanity, and vexation of Spirit. Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter any thing before God: for, God is in heaven; and thou, upon earth: therefore, let thy words be few. For, a Dream cometh through the multitude of business; and a fool's voice is known by a multitude of words.
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When thou vowest a Vow unto God, deferr not to pay it: For, he hath no pleasure in Fools; pay that which thou hast vowed. Better is it, that thou should'st not vow, then that thou should'st vow, and not pay. Suffer not thy mouth to cause thy flesh to Sin; neither say thou before the Angel For, in the multitude of Dreams, and many Words, there are also divers Vanities: but, fear thou God.
He that loveth silver, shall not be satisfied with silver: nor he that loveth abundance, with encrease: this is also vanity. When goods encrease, they are increas'd that eat them: and what good is there to the owners thereof, saving the beholding of them with their eyes. The sleep of a labouring Man is sweet, whether he eat little or much: but the abundance Arab.
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There is a sore Evil, which I have seen under the Sun; namely, Riches kept for the Owners thereof, to their hurt. But, those riches perish by evil travel Heb. And, this also is a sore evil, that in all points as he came, so shall he go: and what profit hath he that hath laboured for the Wind? All his days also he eateth in darkness; and he hath much sorrow, and wrath with his sickness. Behold that which I have seen: it is good and comly for one to eat and to drink, and to enjoy the good of all his labour, that he taketh vnder the Sun, all the days of his Life, which God giveth him: for, it is his portion.
Every man also, to whom God hath given riches and wealth, and hath given him power to eat thereof, and to take his Portion, and to rejoyce in his labour; This is the Gift of God. There is an evil which I have seen under the Sun, and it is common among Men: Hebr. For he cometh in with Vanity, and departeth in darkness; and, his name shall be covered with darkness.
Moreover, he hath not seen the Sun, nor known any thing: this hath more rest than the other. Yea, though he live a thousand years, twice told; yet hath he seen no good: do not all go to one place? All the labour of Man is for his mouth: and yet the appetite Heb. Soul is not fill'd. For, what hath the Wise more than the Fool? What hath the Poor, that knoweth to walk before the Living? Better is the sight of the Eyes, than the wandring of the desire, Heb walking of the Soul this is also vanity, and vexation of Spirit. That which hath bin, is named already; and it is known, that it is Man: neither may he contend with him that is mightier than he.
Seeing there be many things that encrease vanity, what is Man the better? For, who knoweth what is good for Man, in this life, all the days of his vain life, which he spendeth as a shadow? For, who can tell a Man, what shall be after him, under the Sun? A good Name is better then precious Ointment: and the day of death, then the day of one's birth. It is better to go to the house of mourning, than to go to the house of feasting: for, that is the end of all Men, and the living will lay it to his heart.
The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning; but, the heart of fools is in the house of mirth. It is better to hear the rebuke of the wise, than for a Man to hear the song of fools. For, as the crackling Voice or Sound of thorns under a pa, so is the laughter of the Fool: this also is Vanity. Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry: for anger resteth in the bosom of fools. Say not thou, what is the cause that the former days were better then these?
Wisdom is good with an inheritance: and by it there is profit to them that see the Sun. For, Wisdom is a defence Heb. Consider the work of God: for who can make that straight, which he hath made crooked? All things have I seen in the days of my Vanity: there is a just Man, that perisheth in his Righteousness; and, there is a wicked Man, that prolongeth his life in his wickedness.
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Be not righteous over-much, neither make thy-self over-wise: why shouldst thou destroy thy felf? Be not over-much wicked, neither be thou foolish: why shouldst thou die before thy time? It is good that thou should'st take hold of this; yea also, from this withdraw not thine hand: for, he that feareth God, shall come forth of them all. Wisdom strength'neth the wise, more then ten mighty Men which are in the City. For, there is not a just man upon earth, that doth good, and sinneth not. Also, take no heed unto all words that are spoken; lest thou hear thy Servant curse thee. For often-times also, thine own heart knoweth, that thou thy self likewise hast cursed others.
Ecclesiastes; or the Preacher, with notes by E.H. Plumptre
All this have I proved by Wisdom: I said I will be wise; but, it was far from me. That which is far off, and exceeding deep, who can find it out? I applied mine heart, to know, and to search, and to seek out Wisdom, and the reason of things; and to know the wickedness of folly, even of foolishness and madness.
And I find more bitter then death, the Woman whose heart is snares and nets, and her hands as bands: whoso pleaseth God Heb.
Behold, this have I found saith the Preacher counting one by one, to find out the account,. Which yet my Soul seeketh, but I find not: one Man, among a thousand, have I found; but, a Woman among all those, have I not found. Who is as the wise Man? I counsel thee to keep the King's Commandment; and that, in regard of the Oath of God. Be not hasty to go out of his sight: stand not in an evil thing; for, he doth whatsoever pleaseth him.
Where the word of a King is, there is power: and who may say unto him, what dost thou? Whoso keepeth the Commandment, shall feel no evil thing: and, a wise man's heart discerneth both time and judgment. For, he knoweth not that which shall be: for, who can tell him, when or how it shall be?
All this have I seen, and applied my heart unto every work that is done under the Sun: there is a time, wherein one man ruleth over another, to his own hurt. And so, I saw the wicked buried, who had come and gone from the place of the holy; and they were forgotten in the City where they had so done: this is also Vanity. But, it shall not be well with the wicked, neither shall he prolong his days which are as a shadow, because he feareth not before God.
Then I commended Mirth, because a man hath no better thing under the Sun, then to eat, and to drink, and to be merry: for, that shall abide with him of his labour, the days of his life, which God giveth him under the Sun. When I applied mine Heart to know Wisdom, and to see the business, that is done upon the Earth: for also there is that neither Day nor Night seeth sleep with his Eyes. For all this I consider'd in my Heart, Heb. This is an evil among all things that are done under the Sun' that there is one Event unto all: yea, also the heart of the Sons of Men is full of evil, and madness is in their Heart while they live, and after that they go to the dead.
For, to him that is joyned to all the living, there is hope: for, a living Dog is better then a dead Lion. For the Living know that they shall die; but the Dead know not any thing; neither have they any more a reward; for, the memory of them is forgotten. Also their Love, and their Hatred, and their Envy is now perish'd; neither have they any more a Portion for ever, in any thing that is done under the Sun.
Go thy way, eat thy Bread with joy, and drink thy Wine with a merry Heart; for, God now accepteth thy Works. Let thy Garments be always white; and let thy head lack no ointment.
Whatsoever thine Hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for, there is no Work, nor Device, nor Knowledg, nor Wisdom in the Grave whither thou goest. I returned, and saw under the Sun, that the Race is not to the swift, nor the Battel to the strong; neither yet Bread to the wise, nor yet Riches to Men of understanding; nor yet favour to Men of skill; but, time and chance happeneth to them all. This Wisdom have I seen also under the Sun, and it seem'd great unto me. Then said I, Wisdom is better than strength: nevertheless, the poor Man's wisdom is despis'd, and his words are not heard.
The words of wise Men are heard in quiet, more then the cry of him that ruleth among fools.
Dead Flies Heb. A wise Man's heart is at his right hand; but, a fool's heart, at his left. He that diggeth a Pit, shall fall into it; and, whoso breaketh an Hedg, a Serpent shall bite him. Whoso removeth stones, shall be hurt therewith: and, he that cleaveth Wood, shall be endangered thereby. Ecclesiastes I, the Teacher, was king over Israel in Jerusalem. Ecclesiastes "Behold," says the Teacher, "I have discovered this by adding one thing to another to find an explanation. Ecclesiastes "Futility of futilities," says the Teacher.
Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers. Everything is futile!