Ecclesiastes 9

9:1 For all this I considered in my heart even to declare all
 this, that the righteous, and the wise, and their works, [are]
 in the hand of God: no man knoweth either love or hatred [by]
 all [that is] before them.
9:2 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 sacrificeth, and to him that
 sacrificeth not: as [is] the good, so [is] the sinner; [and] he
 that sweareth, as [he] that feareth an oath.
9:3 This [is] an evil among all [things] that are done under the
 sun, that [there is] one event to all: yes, 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.
9:4 For to him that is joined to all the living there is hope:
 for a living dog is better than a dead lion.
9:5 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.
9:6 Also their love, and their hatred, and their envy, hath now
 perished; neither have they any more a portion for ever in any
 [thing] that is done under the sun.
9:7 Go thy way, eat thy bread with joy, and drink thy wine with
 a merry heart; for God now accepteth thy works.
9:8 Let thy garments be always white; and let thy head lack no
9:9 Live joyfully with the wife whom thou lovest all the days of
 the life of thy vanity, which he hath given thee under the sun,
 all the days of thy vanity: for that [is] thy portion in [this]
 life, and in thy labor which thou takest under the sun.
9:10 Whatever thy hand findeth to do, do [it] with thy might;
 for [there is] no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom,
 in the grave, whither thou goest.
9:11 I returned, and 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 favor
 to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all.
9:12 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.
9:13 This wisdom have I seen also under the sun, and it [seemed]
 to me great:
9:14 [There was] a little city, and few men within it; and there
 came a great king against it, and besieged it, and built great
 bulwarks against it:
9:15 Now there was found in it a poor wise man, and he by his
 wisdom delivered the city; yet no man remembered that same poor
9:16 Then said I, wisdom [is] better than strength: nevertheless
 the poor man's wisdom [is] despised, and his words are not
9:17 The words of wise [men are] heard in quiet more than the
 cry of him that ruleth among fools.
9:18 Wisdom [is] better than weapons of war: but one sinner
 destroyeth much good.

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