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Sundry observations

PROVERBS.

Lemuel's lesson of chastity. 4 Who hath ascended up into heaven, or de-s if thou hast'thought evil, lay thy hand upon thy mouth. cir700 H. 460" scended ? who hath gathered the wind in his fists? 33 Surely the churning of milk bringeth forth but- cir. 700.

who hath bound the waters in a garment? who hathter, and the wringing of the nose bringeth forth established all the ends of the earth ? 'what is his blood ; so the forcing of wrath bringeth forth strife. & 10, 22 name, and what is liis son's name, if thou canst tell?

CHAPTER XXXI. 5. Every word of God is pure; he is a shield unto Lemuel's lesson of chastity and temperance. 1 Isa. 9, 5. them that put their trust in him.

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HE words of king Lemuel, the prophecy that cit. 1015. 6 Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove his mother taught him. thee. and thou be found a liar.

2 What, my son? and what, the son of my bwomb? chap

. 4, 4. 7 Two things have I required of thee; i deny me and what, the son of my vows? them not hefore I die:

3 Give not thy strength unto women, nor thy c1 Sam. 1, 8 Rer.oyo far from me vanity and lies ; give me ways to that which o destroyeth kings. k Mat. 6, 11. neither poverty nor riches ; feed me with food con- 4 It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings Deut. 17, venient for me;

to drink wine, nor for princes strong drink; 9 Lest I be full, and 'deny thee, and say, Who is 5 Lest they drink, and 'forget

the law and per- chap. 7,
the LORD ? or lest I be "poor, and steal, and take vert the judgment of any of the afflicted.
the name

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my
God in vain.

6 Give strong drink unto him that is ready to per- 18. 10 Accuse not a servant unto his master, lest he ish, and wane unto those that be of heavy hearts. * Psal. 125, curse thee, and thou be found guilty.

Ő Let him drink, and forget his poverty, and re-
11 There is a generation that curseth their father, member his misery no more.
and doth not bless their mother.

8 Open thy mouth for the dumb in the cause of s, 96, 29, 12 There is a generation that are pure in their all such as are "appointed to destruction. o Luke 18, °owneyes, and yet is not washed from theirPfilthiness. 9 Open thy mouth, ' judge righteously, and plead

13 There is a generation, O how I lofty are their the cause of the poor and needy. eyes! and their eye-lids are lifted up.

10 Who can find ka virtuous woman? for her & 14 Thereisa generation whose teeth are as swords, & price is far above rubies. 4 Ps. 131, 1. and their jaw-teeth as knives, to 'devour the poor 11 The heart of her husband doth safely " trust Eph. 5, Exod.1, from off the earth, and the needy from among men. in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.

15 The horse-leech hath two daughters, crying, 12 She will do him good, and not evil, all the me sludg. 17, "Give, give. There are three things that are never > days of her life.

satisfied, yea, four things say not, it is enough: 13 She seeketh wool and flax, and worketh si.

16 The grave; and the barren womb; the earth P willingly with her hands.
that is not filled with water; and the fire, that saith 14 She is like the merchants' ships, she bringeth
not, It is enough.

her food from afar.
17 The eye that "mocketh at his father, and des- 15 She riseth also while it is yet'night, and giveth
piseth to obey his mother, the ravens of the valley meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens. r Col. 3, 1.
shall pick it out, and the young eagles shall eat it. 16 She considereth a 'field, and buyeth it; with s Rom. iż

18 There be three things which are too 'wonderful the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard. for me, yea, four which I know not:

17 She girdeth her loins with strength, and Luke 13 19 The way of an eagle in the air, the way of a strengtheneth her arms. serpent upon a rock, the way of a ship in the midst 18 She perceiveth that her merchandise is good : 4 of the sea, and the way of a man with a maid. ,

her y candle goeth not out by night. 20 Such is the way of an ' adulterous woman; 19 She layeth her hands to the ? spindle, and her tiek. 17,14: she eateth, and ? wipeth her mouth, and saith, I hands hold the distaff. have done no wickedness.

20 She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, ? 21 For three things the earth is disquieted, and she reacheth forth her hands to the needy. for four which it cannot bear:

21 She is not afraid of the snow for her household; 16. 22 For a servant when he reigneth, and a fool fokáll

her household are clothed with scarlet. (1 Sam. 25, when he is filled with meat ;

22 She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her b Rev. 19, & 23 For an odious woman when she is married, clothing is silk and purple. and a handmaid that is heir to her mistress. 23 Her husband is known in the gates, when he .John 25

, 24 There be four things which are little upon the sitteth among the elders of the land. earth, but they are exceeding wise :

24 She maketh fine ven, and selleth it; and 25 The ants are a people not strong, yet they pre-delivereth girdles unto V.le merchant.

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25 Strength and honour are her clothing; and 26 The conies are but a feeble folk, yet make they she shall rejoice in time to come. 4 Job 8, 14. their houses in the rocks;

26 She openeth her mouth' with wisdom; and in (Col. 4, 6. 27 The locusts have no king, yet go they forth all her tongi e is the 5 law of kindness.

I Cor. 13 of them by bands;

27 She looketh well to the ways of her house-
28 The spider taketh hold with her hands, and is hold, and eateth not the bread of idleness.
in kings' palaces.

28 Her i children rise up, and call her blessed;
29 There be three things which go well, yea, four her husband also, and he praiseth her.
• Hlet. An are comely in going:

29 Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou hele uke 1, old miglty

30 A lion, which is strongest among beasts, and excellest them all. p5, 11. turneth not away for any,

30 Favour is 'deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a 31 A greyhound ; a he-goat also; and a king, woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised. 2a

. e Job 14, 15. against whom there is no rising up

31 Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let n Ps. 107, 321f thou hast done foolishly in lifting up thyself, or her own works praise her in the gates.

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I 1 ECCLESIASTES, or the PREACHCR.
CHAPTER I.

5 I made me gardens and Sorchards, and I planted Bakers The Preacher sheweth that all human courses are vain.

trees in them of all kind of fruits ;
HE words of the Preacher, the son of David, 6 I made me 'pools of water, to water therewith
a king of Jerusalem.

the wood that bring eth forth trees;
2 Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of 7 I got me serva'its and maidens, and had servants i Gen. 2c,
vanities; all is vapity.

born in my house ; also I had * great possessions of 3 What profit hath a man of all his labour which great and small rattle above all that were in Jerusa- 10

, 14, 2017 he taketh under the sun ?

lem before me ; 4 One generation passeth away, and another ge- 8 1 gathereri me also silver and gold, and the pecu4.2 Pet. s neration cometh : but the earth abideth for ever. liar treasure of kings and of the provinces; I gat me

5 The sun also ariseth, and the sun goeth down, men-singers and women-singers, and the delights of e Ps. 13, 5. and hasteth to his place where he arose.

the sons of men, as i musical instruments, and that 11 Kings 6 The wind goeth toward the south, and turneth of all sorts. about onto the north: it'whirleth about continu- 9 So 'i was great, and increased more than all that ally; and the wind returneth again according to his were before me in Jerusalem : also my wisdom re- m Job 1, 22, circuits.

mained with me. 7 All the rivers run into the sea ; yet the sea is not 1 And whatsoever mine eyes desired I kept not Judg. 14, full: unto the place from whence the rivers come from them ; I withheld nct my heart from any joy : İlat. 6, 22. thither they ® return again, .

for my heart rejoiced in all my labour: and this was o ch. 5, 17. 8 All things are full of labour, man cannot utter my portion of all my labour. Phil. 1, 11, it: the eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear 11 Then I Plooked on all the works that my hands p Luke 15, filled with hearing.

had wrought, and on the labour that I had laboured
9 The thing that hath been, it is that which sballto do: and, behold, all was vanity and vexation of
be; and that which is done, is that which shall be spirit, and there was a 110 profit under the sun.
done : and there is no new thing under the su.n.
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12 And I turned myself to behold wisdom, and
10 Is there any thing whereof it may be said, {' madness, and folly: for what can the man du that ? Nark 9,10.

See, k this is new? it hath been already of old time, cometh after the king? even that which hath been 1 Pr. 19,7. ,which was before us.

already done.
11 There is no remembrance of former: things; 13 'Then I saw that wisdom excelleth folly, as far
neither shall there be any remembrance of things as light excelleth darkr’ss.
that are to come with those that shall corne after. 14 The wise man's eyes are in bis head, but the
12 11 the Preacher was king over Israel in Je-} fool walketh in darkness: and I myself perceived also

that " one event happeneth to them all.
13 And I gave my heart to seek and search out 15 Then said I in my heart, As it happeneth to the
Dalt

. $ 25. by wisdom concerning oall things that are done under fool, so it happeneth even to me: and why was I then kom. 1, 2) heaven: this sore travail hath God given to the sons more wise? Then I said in

more wise? Then I said in my heart, that this also 9. of man, to be exercised therewith.

is vanity.
14 I have seen all the works that are done under 16 For there is no reinembrance of the wise more
the sun ; ard, behold, all is vanity and vexation of} than of the fool for ever; seeing that which nowis, in

the days to come shall be y forgotten. And how y Pr. 10, 7.
15 That which is crooked cannot be made straight;} dieth the wise onan? As the fool.
and that which is wanting cannot be numbered. 17 Therefore I hated life; because the work that

16 I communed with mine own heart, saying, Lo, is wrought underthe sun is grievous unto me: for all , I am come to great estate, and have gotten more wis-is vanity and vexation of spirit.

dom than all they that have been before me in Jeri- 18 Yea, "I hated all my labour which I had taken b Jon. 4, 1. Tleb5, 14. salem; yea, my heart had 'great experience of wis- under the sun; because I should leave it unto the dom and knowledge.

man that shall be after me. 17 And I gave my heart to know wisdom, and to 19 And who knoweth whether he shall be a wise 1 ch. 11, 3. know madness and folly : I perceived that this also man or a fool? yet shall he have rule over all my 2. Kings is vexation of spirit.

labour wherein I have laboured, and wherein I have 18 For in much wisdom is much "grief; and he shewed myself wise under the sun. This is also Timi, that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow.

vanity. CHAPTER II.

20 Therefore I went about to cause my heart to The vanity of human courses in the works of pleasure

despair of all the labour which I took under the sun. Rom.6, 2.. SAID in mine heart, Go to now, I will prove thee 21 For there is a man whose labour is in wisdom,

with mirth; therefore enjoy pleasure; and, behold, and in knowledge, and in equity; yet to a man that this also is vanity.

hath not laboured thereia shall he leave it for his Mat. 6.99 21 said of laughter, It is mad: and of mirth, portion. This also is vanity, and a great evil.

a What doeth it? 22 For what hath man of all his labour, and of 1,3,...

15 31 sought in mine heart to give myself unto wine, the vexation of his heart, wherein he hath laboured ("yet acquainting mine heart with wisdom,) and to lay under the sun ? hold on folly, till I might see what was that good for 23 For all his days are sorrow's, and his travail 1 Jol 11, 1 the sons of men which they should do under the grief: yea, his heart taketh not rest in the night. 14.127.1.

i Dan. 4,90. heaven all the days of their life.

This is also vanity.
4 I made me great works; I builded me 'houses; 21 There is nothing better for a man than that he
I planted me vineyards ;

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A time for all things.

ECCLESIASTES.

Of oppression, envy, &c. soul enjoy good in his labor. This also I saw, thats for that is his 'portion : for who shall bring him to it was * from the hand of Liod.

see what shall be after him? 25 For who can eat, or w.ho else can hasten here

CHAPTER IV. unto more than 1 ?

Vanity is increased unto men by oppression. 26 For

God giveth to a mar that is' pod in his So I returned, and considered all the oppressions a 1.45 1Hosea 2, 6 , and , : but to the

sinner he giveth travail, to gather, and to heap up, tears of such as were oppressed, and they had no b Isa.59, 16

that he may give to him that is good before Godcomforter ; and on the side of their oppressors there Lam., 12 mJob 20, This also is vanity and vexation of spirit.

was power; but they had no comforter. CHAPTER III.

2 Wherefore I praised thedead which are already s Mat... The excellency of God's work..

dead, more than the living which are yet alive. To everything there is a season, alıd a time to 3 Yea, better is he than both they which hath not d Jol,1, purpose :

yet been, who hath not seen the evil work that is 2 A time to be born, and a time to de: a time done under the sun. b Heb. 9, 27. toplant, and a time to pluck"upthat which is planted: 4 1 Again, I considered all travail, and every right

3 A time e to kill, and a time to heal : a time to work, that for this a man is e enviedof his neighbour. Nat9,54. break down, and a time to build up:

This is also vanity and vexation of spirit. 4 A time to 'weep, and a time to laugh: a time 5 The fool' foldeth his hands together, and eateth ( Mat. 25, to mourn, and a time to dance:

his own flesh. 5 A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather 6 Better is a handful with quietness, than both g Pr. , 16 91 Cor. 5, k refrain from embracing. stones together: a time to embrace, and a time to the hands full with travail and vexation of spirit.

7 1 Then I returned,and I sawvanity underthesun. 6 A time to get, and a time to lose: a time to keep, 8 There is one alone and there is not a second ; and a time to cast away:

yi?a, he hath neither child nor brother: yet is there no 7 A time to rend, and a time to sew : a time to end of all his labour; neither is his eye satisfied with 11 John 2, (Amos 3,13. ' keep silence, and a time to speak :

riches; neither saith he, For whom do I labour, and 8 À time to love, and a time to "hate: a time of bereave my soul of good ? This is also vanity, yea, it war, and a time of peace.

{ is a sore travail. 9 What profit hath hethat worketh in that wherein 9 I "Two are better than one; because they have k Mark 6, 7.

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a good reward for their labour.
10 I have seen the trava:l which God hath given 10 For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow :
to the sons of men to be exercised in it.

but wo to him that is alone when he falleth ; for he John 8, 16 11 P He hath made every thing beautiful in his hath not another to help him up.

time : also he hath set the world in their heart; so 11 Again, ifm two lie together, then they have m ) Kings Roma. 11, that no man can find out the work that God maketh} heat: but how can one be warm alone? from the beginning to the end.

12 And if one prevail against him, two shall with12 I know that there is no good 'in them, but for stand him; and nathreefoldcord is not quickly broken. - Dan. 3,17 a man to rejoice, and to do good in his life.

13 I Better is a poor and a wise child than an old 1 Tim.4,

o 13 And also that every man should $ eat and drink, and foolish king, who will no more P be admonished. and enjoy the good of all his labour, it is the gift of God. 14 For out of prison hecometh o to reign; whereas 2, 6.

14 I know that whatsoever God doeth, it shall be also he that is born in his kingdom becometh 'poor. 9 Gen. 11, ! Rom. 11, for ever: "nothing can be put to it, nor any thing 15 I considered all the living which walk under

taken from it: and God doeth it that men should fear the sun, with the second child that shall stand up in Dan. 4, 81.
before him.

his stead.
15 That which hath been is now; and that which 16 There is no end of all the people, even of all

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John 13,10, * is to be hath already been: and God requireth that that have been before them: they also that come after
which is past.

shall not rejoice in him. Surely this also is vanity Rev. 17,13. 16 And, moreover, I saw under the sun the place and vexation of spirit. y Micab 7, of judgment, that " wickedness was there ; and the

CHAPTER V.
place of righteousness, that iniquity was there. Vanities in divine service, and in murmuring against op-
17 I said in my heart, God shall ? judge the right-

pression. Thess

. 1, eous and the wicked: for there is a time there for KEEP thy foot when thou goest to the house acts 10, 2 . ,

• every , every .

of God, and be ready to give Peter 2 sons of men, that God might manifest them,

and that they do not rash with thy mouth, and let not thy 18 I said in my heart concerning the estate of the the sacrifice of fools : for they consider not that '; 2.

, evil. * Ps. 49, 12 they might see that they themselves are * beasts. Be

: 19 For that which befalleth the sons of men befall- heart be hasty to utter any thing before God; for
eth beasts; even one thing befalleth them: as the one God is in heaven, and thou upon earth : therefore Prov. 30,

dieth so dieth the other; yea, they have all one let thy words be “few. Phil 3, 24. breath • so that a man bath no pre-eminence above 3 For a dream cometh through the multitude of a Mat. 67. a beast : for all is vanity. business; and a fool's voice is known by multitude e Pr. 10,18

. 20 All go unto one place : all are of the dust, and of words. Phil. I, 23. all turn to dust again.

4 When thou' vowest a vow unto God, defer not (Num. 50,5 21 Who knoweth the spirit of man that goeth up-s to pay it ; for he hath no pleasure in fools': pay that

g Mal. 214. ward, and the spirit of the beast that goeth down-{ which thou hast vowed. ward to the earth?

5 Better is it that thou shouldest. " not vow, than 1. Acks 5,2 , 22 Wherefore I perceive that there is nothing bet- that thou shouldest vow and not pay. ter, than that a man should rejoice in his own works; 6 Suffer not thy mouth to cause thy flesh to sin;

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The vanity of riches.
CHAPTER VI....VII.

Remedies against vanitu. Beforest neither say thou before the 'angel, that it was an 7. All the labour of man es for his mouth, and

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error: wherefore should God be "angry at thy voice, yet the appetite is not filled.
and destroy the work of thy hands?

8 For what hath the wise o more than the fool ? 7 For in the multitude of dreams and many words what hath the poor, that knoweth to walk before the Rev.2 1. there are also divers vanities : but ' fear thou God. } living ?

8 If thou seest the oppression of the poor, and 9 Better is the sight of the eyes than P the wan I ch. 13 14 violent perverting of judgment and justice in a prov- dering of the desire : this is also vanity and vexation Mat. 5, 6

ince, marvel not at the matter: for he that is higher of spirit. m Pr. 12, 5. than the highest " regardeth; and there be " higher. 10 That which hath been is named already, and PXum. 93, n 2 Kings than they.

it is known that it is man: neither may he contend 1 John 3, 2. 9 Moreover, the profit of the earth is for all : the with him that is mightier than he. king himself is served by the field.

11 Seeing there be many things that 'increase r Rev. 3,17. 10 He that P loveth silver shall not be satisfied vanity, what is man the better?

with silver ; nor he that loveth abundance with in- 12 For who knoweth what is good for man in Job 11,12 p Ps. 62, 7. crease. This is also vanity.

this life, all the days of his vain life which he spend11 When goods increase, they are increased thateth as a shadow for who can tell a man what shall • Ps. 39, 4. 21. kings cat them: and what good is there to the owners be after him under the sun ? Prov.30,15. thereof, saving the beholding of them with their eyes?

CHAPTER VII.
12 The sleep of a labouring man is sweet, whe-Remedies against vanity are, a good name, patience, and
ther he eat little or much: but the abundance of the

wisdom. s Ps. 127, 2 rich will not suffer him to sleep.

A , 13 There is a sore evil which I have seen under ment; and the day of death than the day of b1 John 3, Kings the sun, namely, riches kept for the owners thereof one's birth. Mat 13. 22 to their hurt.

2 It is better to go to the house of mourning than 14 But those riches perish by evil travail; and he to go to the house of feasting: for that is the end cJer. 18, 2. begetteth a son, and there is nothing in his hand. of all men; and the living will lay it to his heart.

15 " As he came forth of his mother's womb, 3 e Sorrow is better than laughter: for by the sad1 Tim. 6,17. ? naked shall he return to go as he came, and shall ness of the countenance the heart is made better. & Ps 51,5. take nothing of his labour, which he may carry away

4 The heart of the wise is in the house of mourn- ( Nch. i, . in his hand.

ing: but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth.
16 And this also is a sore evil, that in all points as 5 It is better to hear the "rebuke of the wise, than
he came so shall he go: and what profit hath he that's for a man to hear the song of fools.
hath laboured for the wind ?

6 For as the crackling of thorns under a pot, so is y Job Sq, &. 17 All his days also he eateth in " darkness, and the ' laughter of the fool. This also is vanity. : Esther 3, he hath much ? sorrow and wrath with his sickness. 7 Surely oppression maketh ka wise man mad; k Jer. 20,7

18 Behold that which I have seen: it is good and } and a gift destroyeth the heart. comely for one to eat and to drink, and to enjoy the 8 Better is the end of a thing than the beginning Like It, good of all his labour that he takéth under the sun thereof; and the patient in spirit is better than the

all the days of his life, which God giveth him ; for it proud in spirit. Ps. 16, & es his portion.

9 Be not " hasty in thy spirit to be angry: for n Jon. 4.4 19 Every man also to whom God hath given anger resteth in the bosom of fools. 3,3 These. riches and wealth, and hath given him power to eat

10 Say not thou, What is the cause that the for- o Judges en thereof, and to take his portion, and to rejoice in his mer days were better than these ? for thou dost not Ier. 44, 17. labour, this is the gift of God.

inquire wisely concerning this. 20 For he shall not much remember the days of 11 I Wisdom is ' good with an inheritance ; and p Job i, ''

; Ps. 4,6,7. nis life; because God answereth him in the joy of} by it there is profit to them that see the sun. his heart.

12 For wisdom is a defence, and 'money is a q Job 1, 10 CHAPTER VI.

detence : but the excellency of knowledge is, that r Pr. 14,20. The vanity of riches without use.

wisdom giveth life to them that have it. a ch. 5 14. THERE IS "an evil which I have seen under the is

13 Consider s the work of God: for who can s Ps. 107,

make that 'straight which he hath made crooked ? 2 A man to whom God hath given riches, wealth, 14 In the day of prosperity be joyful, but in the ' Isa. 1-4, 27

and honour, so that he wanteth nothing for his soul day of adversity " consider : God also hath set the . 23, Ps. 97, 14 of all that he desireth, yet God giveth him not one over against the other, to the end that man

power to eat thereof, but a stranger eateth it: this should find nothing after him.
is vanity, and it is an evil disease.

15 All things have I seen in the days of my vanity: 11 Kings 3 If a man o beget a hundred children, and live there is a just man that * perisheth in his righteous- 21, 1.. -2 Chr. 11, many years, so that the days of his years be many, ness, and there is a wicked nan that y prolongeth 5 Isa. 57,10.

and his soul be 'not filled with good, and also that his life in his wickedness. f Job 21, 23. he have 5 no burial; I say, that an untimely birth is 16 Be not righteous’over-much; neither makeiny- a tom. 12, better than he :

self • over-wise: why shouldest thou destroy thyself? 4 For he cometh in with vanity, and departeth 17 Be not over-much wicked, neither be thou Mat. 23, in . darkness, and his name shall be covered with foolish : why shouldest thou die before thy time

i darkness.

18 It is good that thou shouldest take hold of 5 Moreover, he hath not seen the sun, ner known this; yea, also from this withdraw not thy hand : for any thing : this hath k more rest than the other. he that feareth God shall e come forth of them all.

6 Yea, though he live'athousand years twice told, 19 Wisdom strengtheneih the wise more than I la 65, 20. yet hath he seen no good: do not all go to one place? ten mighty men which are in the city.

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The difficulty of getting wisdom.

ECCLESIASTES.

God's providence over all. 20 For there is not a just man upon earth, that 14 There is a vanity which is done upon the earth; Before cif. 977. 5 doeth good, and sinneth not.

that there be just men, unto whom it happeneth cir. 977. 21 Also take no heed unto all words that are spo- according to the work of the wicked: again, there ken, lest thou hear thy servant curse thee : be wicked men, to whom it happeneth according to 1, 35.

22 For oftentimes also thine own heart 'knoweth the work of the righteous. I said, that this also is that "thon thyself likewise hast cursed others. vanity.

23 All this have I proved by wisdom : I said I 15 Then I commended mirth, because a man hath Acıs 20, 21 * Mat. 7, 1, will be wise; but it was far from me.

no better thing under the sun, than to eat, and to ych 314
! Rom. 1, who can find it out?
24 That which is " far off, and exceeding odeer, drink, and to be merry; for that shall abide with bim si.

of his labour the days of his life, which God giveth
25 I applied my heart to know, and to search, and him under the sun.
to seek out wisik m, and the reason of things, and 16 When I applied mine heart to know wisdom,

to know the wickedness of folly, even of foolishness and to see the business that is done upon the earth: o Rom. 11, and madness:

(for also there is that neither 2 day nor night seeth Job 9, 10 26 And PI find more bitter than death the woman sleep with his eyes :) p 1 Kings whose heart ? is snares and nets, and her hands as 17 Then I beheld á all the work of God, that a man a Ps. 95. 5.

bands : whoso" pleaseth God shal' escape from her; cannot find out the work that is done under the sun; Judg. 16, but the sinner shall be taken by her.

because though a man labour to seek it out, yet he
27 Behold, this have I found, (saith the Preacher,) shall not find it; yea, further, though a wise man 2 40, 2
counting one by one, to find out the account; think to know it, yet shall he not be able to find it. 12,
28 Which yet my soul seeketh, but I find not:

CHAPTER IX. 3 Mat. 7,15. ® one man among a thousand have I found; but a

Like things happen to good and bad. u Tim. 2 woman among all those have I not found.

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declare all this, that the righteous, and the wise u Gen. 1,26. man " upright ; but they have sought out many * in- and their works, are in the hand of God: no man x Gen. 3, 6, ventions.

"knoweth either love or hatred by all that is before CHAPTER VIII.

them. It is better with the godly in adversity, than with the wicked

2 All things come alike to all: there is one event John 3:7

© in prosperity.

to the righteous and to the wicked ; to the good, and Rev. 11, 13 НО

the interpretation of a thing? A man's wis- {ticeth, and to him that sacrificeth not: as is the good, 1. Mark 6, dom makerhobis face to shine, and the boldness of so is the sinner; and he that sweareth, as he that Acts 6, 13. his face shall be changed.

feareth an oath.
2 I counsel thee to keev the king's commandment, 3 This is an evil among all things that are done
Ezek. 17, and that in regard of the oath of God.

under the sun, that there is one event unto all : yea
3 4 Benot hasty to go out of his sight : stand not in Žalso, the heart of the sons of men is full of evil, and
an evil thing; for he doeth o whatsoever pleaseth him. {t madness is in their heart while they live, and after Heb,

4 Where the word of a king is, there is power; that they go to the dead.
and who may say unto him, 'What doest thou ? 4 For to him that is joined to all the living there Mal. 3, 13

5 Whoso . keepeth the commandment shall feel is hope : for 4 a living dog is better than a dead lion. d Esth. , 1 Kings 18, no evil thing: and a wise man's heart discerneth 5 For the living e know that they shall die : but Ezek. 29, Jul 34, 18. both time and judgment.

the dead 'know not any thing, neither have they any
6 Because to every purpose there is time and judg-more a 5 reward; forthe memory of them is forgotten. 22
Tlos. 5, 11. ment; therefore the misery of man is great upon him. 6 Also their love and their hatred, and their envy, f Job 1421

7 For he knoweth not that which shall be: for is now perished; neither have they any more a por-
who can tell him when it shall be ?

tion for ever in any thing that is done under the sun.
8 There is nu man that hath power over the spirit, 7. Go thy way, eat thy bread with joy, and drink & Isa. 49, 1
k Num. 14, to retain the spirit; neither hath he power in the day thy wine with a merry heart ; for God now accept- 1 ps. 17:44

of death; and there is no discharge in that war ; nei-eth thy works.
ther shall wickedness deliver those that are given to it. 8 Let thy 'garments be always white ; and let thy

9 All this have I seen, and applied my heart unto head lack no ointment.
every work that is done under the sun: there is a 9 Live joyfully with the wife whom thou lovest
time wherein one man ruleth over another to his all the days of the m life of thy vanity, which he hath

given thee under the sun, all the days of thy vanity : 1 Acts 5, 24 10 And so I saw the wicked" buried, who had for that is thy portion in this life, and in thy labour m Rom. &

come and gone from the place of the holy, and they which thou takest under the sun. < Ps. 82,1. were P forgotten in the city where they had so done. 10 Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with

P p Pr 19, 7. This is also vanity.

'thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor 1o. 11 Because sentence against an evil work is not knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave whither thou Eph. S, 14. ? Ps. 50, 21. executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons goest. of men is fully set in them to do evil.

11 I returned, and saw under the sun, that the 12 Though a sinner do evil a hundred 'times, šo race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, o Amos 2, and his days be prolonged, yet surely I know that it neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men shall be s well with them that fear God, which fear of understanding, nor 9 yet favour to men of skill; 12. Sam

१ before him:

Lut time and chance happeneth to them all. 13 But it shall not be well with the wicked, nei- 12 For man also knoweth not his time: as the g Pag. 1,5 ther shall he prolong his days, which are as a shad- fishes that are taken in an evil net, and as the birds aw; because he feareth not before God.

that are caught in the snare ; so are the sons of men

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