None have power to avoid death—It will not be well with the wicked; he turns to pleasure and cannot find wisdom.
1 Who is as the wise man? and who knoweth the interpretation of a thing? a man’s wisdom maketh his face to ashine, and the boldness of his face shall be changed.
2 I counsel thee to keep the aking’s commandment, and that in regard of the oath of God.
3 Be not hasty to go out of his sight: stand not in an evil thing; for he doeth whatsoever pleaseth him.
4 Where the word of a king is, there is power: and who may say unto him, What doest thou?
6 ¶ Because to every purpose there is time and judgment, therefore the misery of man is great upon him.
7 For he knoweth not that which shall be: for who can tell him when it shall be?
8 There is no man that hath power over the spirit to retain the spirit; neither hath he power in the day of adeath: and there is no discharge in that war; neither shall wickedness bdeliver those that are given to it.
9 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.
10 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.
13 But it shall not be well with the wicked, neither shall he prolong his days, which are as a shadow; because he afeareth not before God.
14 There is a avanity which is done upon the earth; that there be bjust 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 said that this also is vanity.
15 Then I commended mirth, because a man hath no better thing under the sun, than 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.
16 ¶ When I applied mine heart to know awisdom, 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:)
17 Then I beheld all the work of God, that a man cannot find out the awork that is done under the sun: because though a man labour to seek it out, yet he shall not find it; yea further; though a bwise man think to know it, yet shall he not be able to find it.