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Ecclesiastes, Or, The Preacher... Is a BOOK that records that the best of man comes to nothing!

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Or, The Preacher

John Bunyan at the CrossEcclesiastes 1:1 The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in

Ecclesiastes 1:2 Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities;
all is vanity.

Ecclesiastes 1:3 What profit hath a man of all his labour which he taketh
under the sun?

Ecclesiastes 1:4 One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh:
but the earth abideth for ever.

Ecclesiastes 1:5 The sun also ariseth, and the sun goeth down, and hasteth
to his place where he arose.

Ecclesiastes 1:6 The wind goeth toward the south, and turneth about unto the
north; it whirleth about continually, and the wind returneth again according
to his circuits.

Ecclesiastes 1:7 All the rivers run into the sea; yet the sea is not full;
unto the place from whence the rivers come, thither they return again.

Ecclesiastes 1:8 All things are full of labour; man cannot utter it: the eye
is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing.

Ecclesiastes 1:9 The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and
that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing
under the sun.

Ecclesiastes 1:10 Is there any thing whereof it may be said, See, this is
new? it hath been already of old time, which was before us.

Ecclesiastes 1:11 There is no remembrance of former things; neither shall
there be any remembrance of things that are to come with those that shall come

Ecclesiastes 1:12 I the Preacher was king over Israel in Jerusalem.

Ecclesiastes 1:13 And I gave my heart to seek and search out by wisdom
concerning all things that are done under heaven: this sore travail hath God
given to the sons of man to be exercised therewith.

Ecclesiastes 1:14 I have seen all the works that are done under the sun;
and, behold, all is vanity and vexation of spirit.

Ecclesiastes 1:15 That which is crooked cannot be made straight: and that
which is wanting cannot be numbered.

Ecclesiastes 1:16 I communed with mine own heart, saying, Lo, I am come to
great estate, and have gotten more wisdom than all they that have been before
me in Jerusalem: yea, my heart had great experience of wisdom and knowledge.

Ecclesiastes 1:17 And I gave my heart to know wisdom, and to know madness
and folly: I perceived that this also is vexation of spirit.

Ecclesiastes 1:18 For in much wisdom is much grief: and he that increaseth
knowledge increaseth sorrow.

Ecclesiastes 2:1 I said in mine heart, Go to now, I will prove thee with
mirth, therefore enjoy pleasure: and, behold, this also is vanity.

Ecclesiastes 2:2 I said of laughter, It is mad: and of mirth, What doeth it?

Ecclesiastes 2:3 I sought in mine heart to give myself unto wine, yet
acquainting mine heart with wisdom; and to lay hold on folly, till I might see
what was that good for the sons of men, which they should do under the heaven
all the days of their life.

Ecclesiastes 2:4 I made me great works; I builded me houses; I planted me

Ecclesiastes 2:5 I made me gardens and orchards, and I planted trees in them
of all kind of fruits:

Ecclesiastes 2:6 I made me pools of water, to water therewith the wood that
bringeth forth trees:

Ecclesiastes 2:7 I got me servants and maidens, and had servants born in my
house; also I had great possessions of great and small cattle above all that
were in Jerusalem before me:

Ecclesiastes 2:8 I gathered me also silver and gold, and the peculiar
treasure of kings and of the provinces: I gat me men singers and women
singers, and the delights of the sons of men, as musical instruments, and that
of all sorts.

Ecclesiastes 2:9 So I was great, and increased more than all that were
before me in Jerusalem: also my wisdom remained with me.

Ecclesiastes 2:10 And whatsoever mine eyes desired I kept not from them, I
withheld not my heart from any joy; for my heart rejoiced in all my labour:
and this was my portion of all my labour.

Ecclesiastes 2:11 Then I looked on all the works that my hands had wrought,
and on the labour that I had laboured to do: and, behold, all was vanity and
vexation of spirit, and there was no profit under the sun.

Ecclesiastes 2:12 And I turned myself to behold wisdom, and madness, and
folly: for what can the man do that cometh after the king? even that which
hath been already done.

Ecclesiastes 2:13 Then I saw that wisdom excelleth folly, as far as light
excelleth darkness.

Ecclesiastes 2:14 The wise man's eyes are in his head; but the fool walketh
in darkness: and I myself perceived also that one event happeneth to them all.

Ecclesiastes 2:15 Then said I in my heart, As it happeneth to the fool, so
it happeneth even to me; and why was I then more wise? Then I said in my
heart, that this also is vanity.

Ecclesiastes 2:16 For there is no remembrance of the wise more than of the
fool for ever; seeing that which now is in the days to come shall all be
forgotten. And how dieth the wise man? as the fool.

Ecclesiastes 2:17 Therefore I hated life; because the work that is wrought
under the sun is grievous unto me: for all is vanity and vexation of spirit.

Ecclesiastes 2:18 Yea, I hated all my labour which I had taken under the
sun: because I should leave it unto the man that shall be after me.

Ecclesiastes 2:19 And who knoweth whether he shall be a wise man or a fool?
yet shall he have rule over all my labour wherein I have laboured, and wherein
I have showed myself wise under the sun. This is also vanity.

Ecclesiastes 2:20 Therefore I went about to cause my heart to despair of all
the labour which I took under the sun.

Ecclesiastes 2:21 For there is a man whose labour is in wisdom, and in
knowledge, and in equity; yet to a man that hath not laboured therein shall he
leave it for his portion. This also is vanity and a great evil.

Ecclesiastes 2:22 For what hath man of all his labour, and of the vexation
of his heart, wherein he hath laboured under the sun?

Ecclesiastes 2:23 For all his days are sorrows, and his travail grief; yea,
his heart taketh not rest in the night. This is also vanity.

Ecclesiastes 2:24 There is nothing better for a man, than that he should eat
and drink, and that he should make his soul enjoy good in his labour. This
also I saw, that it was from the hand of God.

Ecclesiastes 2:25 For who can eat, or who else can hasten hereunto, more
than I?

Ecclesiastes 2:26 For God giveth to a man that is good in his sight wisdom,
and knowledge, and joy: but to the sinner he giveth travail, to gather and to
heap up, that he may give to him that is good before God. This also is vanity
and vexation of spirit.

Ecclesiastes 3:1 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every
purpose under the heaven:

Ecclesiastes 3:2 A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and
a time to pluck up that which is planted;

Ecclesiastes 3:3 A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down,
and a time to build up;

Ecclesiastes 3:4 A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a
time to dance;

Ecclesiastes 3:5 A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones
together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

Ecclesiastes 3:6 A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a
time to cast away;

Ecclesiastes 3:7 A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence,
and a time to speak;

Ecclesiastes 3:8 A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a
time of peace.

Ecclesiastes 3:9 What profit hath he that worketh in that wherein he

Ecclesiastes 3:10 I have seen the travail, which God hath given to the sons
of men to be exercised in it.

Ecclesiastes 3:11 He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he
hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that
God maketh from the beginning to the end.

Ecclesiastes 3:12 I know that there is no good in them, but for a man to
rejoice, and to do good in his life.

Ecclesiastes 3:13 And also that every man should eat and drink, and enjoy
the good of all his labour, it is the gift of God.

Ecclesiastes 3:14 I know that, whatsoever God doeth, it shall be for ever:
nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it: and God doeth it, that
men should fear before him.

Ecclesiastes 3:15 That which hath been is now; and that which is to be hath
already been; and God requireth that which is past.

Ecclesiastes 3:16 And moreover I saw under the sun the place of judgment,
that wickedness was there; and the place of righteousness, that iniquity was

Ecclesiastes 3:17 I said in mine heart, God shall judge the righteous and
the wicked: for there is a time there for every purpose and for every work.

Ecclesiastes 3:18 I said in mine heart concerning the estate of the sons of
men, that God might manifest them, and that they might see that they
themselves are beasts.

Ecclesiastes 3:19 For that which befalleth the sons of men befalleth beasts;
even one thing befalleth them: as the one dieth, so dieth the other; yea, they
have all one breath; so that a man hath no preeminence above a beast: for all
is vanity.

Ecclesiastes 3:20 All go unto one place; all are of the dust, and all turn
to dust again.

Ecclesiastes 3:21 Who knoweth the spirit of man that goeth upward, and the
spirit of the beast that goeth downward to the earth?

Ecclesiastes 3:22 Wherefore I perceive that there is nothing better, than
that a man should rejoice in his own works; for that is his portion: for who
shall bring him to see what shall be after him?

Ecclesiastes 4:1 So I returned, and considered all the oppressions that are
done under the sun: and behold the tears of such as were oppressed, and they
had no comforter; and on the side of their oppressors there was power; but
they had no comforter.

Ecclesiastes 4:2 Wherefore I praised the dead which are already dead more
than the living which are yet alive.

Ecclesiastes 4:3 Yea, better is he than both they, which hath not yet been,
who hath not seen the evil work that is done under the sun.

Ecclesiastes 4:4 Again, I considered all travail, and every right work, that
for this a man is envied of his neighbour. This is also vanity and vexation of

Ecclesiastes 4:5 The fool foldeth his hands together, and eateth his own

Ecclesiastes 4:6 Better is an handful with quietness, than both the hands
full with travail and vexation of spirit.

Ecclesiastes 4:7 Then I returned, and I saw vanity under the sun.

Ecclesiastes 4:8 There is one alone, and there is not a second; yea, he hath
neither child nor brother: yet is there no end of all his labour; neither is
his eye satisfied with riches; neither saith he, For whom do I labour, and
bereave my soul of good? This is also vanity, yea, it is a sore travail.

Ecclesiastes 4:9 Two are better than one; because they have a good reward
for their labour.

Ecclesiastes 4:10 For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe
to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up.

Ecclesiastes 4:11 Again, if two lie together, then they have heat: but how
can one be warm alone?

Ecclesiastes 4:12 And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him;
and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.

Ecclesiastes 4:13 Better is a poor and a wise child than an old and foolish
king, who will no more be admonished.

Ecclesiastes 4:14 For out of prison he cometh to reign; whereas also he that
is born in his kingdom becometh poor.

Ecclesiastes 4:15 I considered all the living which walk under the sun, with
the second child that shall stand up in his stead.

Ecclesiastes 4:16 There is no end of all the people, even of all that have
been before them: they also that come after shall not rejoice in him. Surely
this also is vanity and vexation of spirit.

Ecclesiastes 5:1 Keep thy foot when thou goest to the house of God, and be
more ready to hear, than to give the sacrifice of fools: for they consider not
that they do evil.

Ecclesiastes 5:2 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.

Ecclesiastes 5:3 For a dream cometh through the multitude of business; and a
fool's voice is known by multitude of words.

Ecclesiastes 5:4 When thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay it; for
he hath no pleasure in fools: pay that which thou hast vowed.

Ecclesiastes 5:5 Better is it that thou shouldest not vow, than that thou
shouldest vow and not pay.

Ecclesiastes 5:6 Suffer not thy mouth to cause thy flesh to sin; neither say
thou before the angel, that it was an error: wherefore should God be angry at
thy voice, and destroy the work of thine hands?

Ecclesiastes 5:7 For in the multitude of dreams and many words there are
also divers vanities: but fear thou God.

Ecclesiastes 5:8 If thou seest the oppression of the poor, and violent
perverting of judgment and justice in a province, marvel not at the matter:
for he that is higher than the highest regardeth; and there be higher than

Ecclesiastes 5:9 Moreover the profit of the earth is for all: the king
himself is served by the field.

Ecclesiastes 5:10 He that loveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver;
nor he that loveth abundance with increase: this is also vanity.

Ecclesiastes 5:11 When goods increase, they are increased that eat them: and
what good is there to the owners thereof, saving the beholding of them with
their eyes?

Ecclesiastes 5:12 The sleep of a labouring man is sweet, whether he eat
little or much: but the abundance of the rich will not suffer him to sleep.

Ecclesiastes 5:13 There is a sore evil which I have seen under the sun,
namely, riches kept for the owners thereof to their hurt.

Ecclesiastes 5:14 But those riches perish by evil travail: and he begetteth
a son, and there is nothing in his hand.

Ecclesiastes 5:15 As he came forth of his mother's womb, naked shall he
return to go as he came, and shall take nothing of his labour, which he may
carry away in his hand.

Ecclesiastes 5:16 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?

Ecclesiastes 5:17 All his days also he eateth in darkness, and he hath much
sorrow and wrath with his sickness.

Ecclesiastes 5:18 Behold that which I have seen: it is good and comely for
one to eat and to drink, and to enjoy the good of all his labour that he
taketh under the sun all the days of his life, which God giveth him: for it is
his portion.

Ecclesiastes 5:19 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
rejoice in his labour; this is the gift of God.

Ecclesiastes 5:20 For he shall not much remember the days of his life;
because God answereth him in the joy of his heart.

Ecclesiastes 6:1 There is an evil which I have seen under the sun, and it is
common among men:

Ecclesiastes 6:2 A man to whom God hath given riches, wealth, and honour, so
that he wanteth nothing for his soul of all that he desireth, yet God giveth
him not power to eat thereof, but a stranger eateth it: this is vanity, and it
is an evil disease.

Ecclesiastes 6:3 If a man beget an hundred children, and live many years, so
that the days of his years be many, and his soul be not filled with good, and
also that he have no burial; I say, that an untimely birth is better than he.

Ecclesiastes 6:4 For he cometh in with vanity, and departeth in darkness,
and his name shall be covered with darkness.

Ecclesiastes 6:5 Moreover he hath not seen the sun, nor known any thing:
this hath more rest than the other.

Ecclesiastes 6:6 Yea, though he live a thousand years twice told, yet hath
he seen no good: do not all go to one place?

Ecclesiastes 6:7 All the labour of man is for his mouth, and yet the
appetite is not filled.

Ecclesiastes 6:8 For what hath the wise more than the fool? what hath the
poor, that knoweth to walk before the living?

Ecclesiastes 6:9 Better is the sight of the eyes than the wandering of the
desire: this is also vanity and vexation of spirit.

Ecclesiastes 6:10 That which hath been is named already, and it is known
that it is man: neither may he contend with him that is mightier than he.

Ecclesiastes 6:11 Seeing there be many things that increase vanity, what is
man the better?

Ecclesiastes 6:12 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?

Ecclesiastes 7:1 A good name is better than precious ointment; and the day
of death than the day of one's birth.

Ecclesiastes 7:2 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.

Ecclesiastes 7:3 Sorrow is better than laughter: for by the sadness of the
countenance the heart is made better.

Ecclesiastes 7:4 The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning; but the
heart of fools is in the house of mirth.

Ecclesiastes 7:5 It is better to hear the rebuke of the wise, than for a man
to hear the song of fools.

Ecclesiastes 7:6 For as the crackling of thorns under a pot, so is the
laughter of the fool: this also is vanity.

Ecclesiastes 7:7 Surely oppression maketh a wise man mad; and a gift
destroyeth the heart.

Ecclesiastes 7:8 Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof: and
the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.

Ecclesiastes 7:9 Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry: for anger resteth
in the bosom of fools.

Ecclesiastes 7:10 Say not thou, What is the cause that the former days were
better than these? for thou dost not inquire wisely concerning this.

Ecclesiastes 7:11 Wisdom is good with an inheritance: and by it there is
profit to them that see the sun.

Ecclesiastes 7:12 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.

Ecclesiastes 7:13 Consider the work of God: for who can make that straight,
which he hath made crooked?

Ecclesiastes 7:14 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.

Ecclesiastes 7:15 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.

Ecclesiastes 7:16 Be not righteous over much; neither make thyself over
wise: why shouldest thou destroy thyself?

Ecclesiastes 7:17 Be not over much wicked, neither be thou foolish: why
shouldest thou die before thy time?

Ecclesiastes 7:18 It is good that thou shouldest take hold of this; yea,
also from this withdraw not thine hand: for he that feareth God shall come
forth of them all.

Ecclesiastes 7:19 Wisdom strengtheneth the wise more than ten mighty men
which are in the city.

Ecclesiastes 7:20 For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good,
and sinneth not.

Ecclesiastes 7:21 Also take no heed unto all words that are spoken; lest
thou hear thy servant curse thee:

Ecclesiastes 7:22 For oftentimes also thine own heart knoweth that thou
thyself likewise hast cursed others.

Ecclesiastes 7:23 All this have I proved by wisdom: I said, I will be wise;
but it was far from me.

Ecclesiastes 7:24 That which is far off, and exceeding deep, who can find it

Ecclesiastes 7:25 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:

Ecclesiastes 7:26 And I find more bitter than death the woman, whose heart is
snares and nets, and her hands as bands: whoso pleaseth God shall escape from
her; but the sinner shall be taken by her.

Ecclesiastes 7:27 Behold, this have I found, saith the preacher, counting
one by one, to find out the account:

Ecclesiastes 7:28 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.

Ecclesiastes 7:29 Lo, this only have I found, that God hath made man
upright; but they have sought out many inventions.

Ecclesiastes 8:1 Who is as the wise man? and who knoweth the interpretation
of a thing? a man's wisdom maketh his face to shine, and the boldness of his
face shall be changed.

Ecclesiastes 8:2 I counsel thee to keep the king's commandment, and that in
regard of the oath of God.

Ecclesiastes 8:3 Be not hasty to go out of his sight: stand not in an evil
thing; for he doeth whatsoever pleaseth him.

Ecclesiastes 8:4 Where the word of a king is, there is power: and who may
say unto him, What doest thou?

Ecclesiastes 8:5 Whoso keepeth the commandment shall feel no evil thing: and
a wise man's heart discerneth both time and judgment.

Ecclesiastes 8:6 Because to every purpose there is time and judgment,
therefore the misery of man is great upon him.

Ecclesiastes 8:7 For he knoweth not that which shall be: for who can tell
him when it shall be?

Ecclesiastes 8:8 There is no man that hath power over the spirit to retain
the spirit; neither hath he power in the day of death: and there is no
discharge in that war; neither shall wickedness deliver those that are given
to it.

Ecclesiastes 8:9 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.

Ecclesiastes 8:10 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.

Ecclesiastes 8:11 Because sentence against an evil work is not executed
speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do

Ecclesiastes 8:12 Though a sinner do evil an hundred times, and his days be
prolonged, yet surely I know that it shall be well with them that fear God,
which fear before him:

Ecclesiastes 8:13 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.

Ecclesiastes 8:14 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 said that this also is vanity.

Ecclesiastes 8:15 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.

Ecclesiastes 8:16 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:)

Ecclesiastes 8:17 Then I beheld all the work of God, that a man cannot find
out the work that is done under the sun: because though a man labour to seek it
out, yet he shall not find it; yea farther; though a wise man think to know it
, yet shall he not be able to find it.

Ecclesiastes 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.

Ecclesiastes 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.

Ecclesiastes 9:3 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.

Ecclesiastes 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.

Ecclesiastes 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

Ecclesiastes 9:6 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 sun.

Ecclesiastes 9:7 Go thy way, eat thy bread with joy, and drink thy wine with
a merry heart; for God now accepteth thy works.

Ecclesiastes 9:8 Let thy garments be always white; and let thy head lack no

Ecclesiastes 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 labour
which thou takest under the sun.

Ecclesiastes 9:10 Whatsoever 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.

Ecclesiastes 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 favour to men of skill; but time
and chance happeneth to them all.

Ecclesiastes 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.

Ecclesiastes 9:13 This wisdom have I seen also under the sun, and it seemed
great unto me:

Ecclesiastes 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:

Ecclesiastes 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 man.

Ecclesiastes 9:16 Then said I, Wisdom is better than strength: nevertheless
the poor man's wisdom is despised, and his words are not heard.

Ecclesiastes 9:17 The words of wise men are heard in quiet more than the cry
of him that ruleth among fools.

Ecclesiastes 9:18 Wisdom is better than weapons of war: but one sinner
destroyeth much good.

Ecclesiastes 10:1 Dead flies cause the ointment of the apothecary to send
forth a stinking savour: so doth a little folly him that is in reputation for
wisdom and honour.

Ecclesiastes 10:2 A wise man's heart is at his right hand; but a fool's
heart at his left.

Ecclesiastes 10:3 Yea also, when he that is a fool walketh by the way, his
wisdom faileth him, and he saith to every one that he is a fool.

Ecclesiastes 10:4 If the spirit of the ruler rise up against thee, leave not
thy place; for yielding pacifieth great offences.

Ecclesiastes 10:5 There is an evil which I have seen under the sun, as an
error which proceedeth from the ruler:

Ecclesiastes 10:6 Folly is set in great dignity, and the rich sit in low

Ecclesiastes 10:7 I have seen servants upon horses, and princes walking as
servants upon the earth.

Ecclesiastes 10:8 He that diggeth a pit shall fall into it; and whoso
breaketh an hedge, a serpent shall bite him.

Ecclesiastes 10:9 Whoso removeth stones shall be hurt therewith; and he that
cleaveth wood shall be endangered thereby.

Ecclesiastes 10:10 If the iron be blunt, and he do not whet the edge, then
must he put to more strength: but wisdom is profitable to direct.

Ecclesiastes 10:11 Surely the serpent will bite without enchantment; and a
babbler is no better.

Ecclesiastes 10:12 The words of a wise man's mouth are gracious; but the
lips of a fool will swallow up himself.

Ecclesiastes 10:13 The beginning of the words of his mouth is foolishness:
and the end of his talk is mischievous madness.

Ecclesiastes 10:14 A fool also is full of words: a man cannot tell what
shall be; and what shall be after him, who can tell him?

Ecclesiastes 10:15 The labour of the foolish wearieth every one of them,
because he knoweth not how to go to the city.

Ecclesiastes 10:16 Woe to thee, O land, when thy king is a child, and thy
princes eat in the morning!

Ecclesiastes 10:17 Blessed art thou, O land, when thy king is the son of
nobles, and thy princes eat in due season, for strength, and not for

Ecclesiastes 10:18 By much slothfulness the building decayeth; and through
idleness of the hands the house droppeth through.

Ecclesiastes 10:19 A feast is made for laughter, and wine maketh merry: but
money answereth all things.

Ecclesiastes 10:20 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 shall tell the matter.

Ecclesiastes 11:1 Cast thy bread upon the waters: for thou shalt find it
after many days.

Ecclesiastes 11:2 Give a portion to seven, and also to eight; for thou
knowest not what evil shall be upon the earth.

Ecclesiastes 11:3 If the clouds be full of rain, they empty themselves upon
the earth: and if the tree fall toward the south, or toward the north, in the
place where the tree falleth, there it shall be.

Ecclesiastes 11:4 He that observeth the wind shall not sow; and he that
regardeth the clouds shall not reap.

Ecclesiastes 11:5 As thou knowest not what is the way of the spirit, nor how
the bones do grow in the womb of her that is with child: even so thou knowest
not the works of God who maketh all.

Ecclesiastes 11:6 In the morning sow thy seed, and in the evening withhold
not thine hand: for thou knowest not whether shall prosper, either this or
that, or whether they both shall be alike good.

Ecclesiastes 11:7 Truly the light is sweet, and a pleasant thing it is for
the eyes to behold the sun:

Ecclesiastes 11:8 But if a man live many years, and rejoice in them all; yet
let him remember the days of darkness; for they shall be many. All that cometh
is vanity.

Ecclesiastes 11:9 Rejoice, O young man, in thy youth; and let thy heart
cheer thee in the days of thy youth, and walk in the ways of thine heart, and
in the sight of thine eyes: but know thou, that for all these things God will
bring thee into judgment.

Ecclesiastes 11:10 Therefore remove sorrow from thy heart, and put away evil
from thy flesh: for childhood and youth are vanity.

Ecclesiastes 12:1 Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while
the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have
no pleasure in them;

Ecclesiastes 12:2 While the sun, or the light, or the moon, or the stars, be
not darkened, nor the clouds return after the rain:

Ecclesiastes 12:3 In the day when the keepers of the house shall tremble,
and the strong men shall bow themselves, and the grinders cease because they
are few, and those that look out of the windows be darkened,

Ecclesiastes 12:4 And the doors shall be shut in the streets, when the sound
of the grinding is low, and he shall rise up at the voice of the bird, and all
the daughters of music shall be brought low;

Ecclesiastes 12:5 Also when they shall be afraid of that which is high, and
fears shall be in the way, and the almond tree shall flourish, and the
grasshopper shall be a burden, and desire shall fail: because man goeth to his
long home, and the mourners go about the streets:

Ecclesiastes 12:6 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

Ecclesiastes 12:7 Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the
spirit shall return unto God who gave it.

Ecclesiastes 12:8 Vanity of vanities, saith the preacher; all is vanity.

Ecclesiastes 12:9 And moreover, because the preacher was wise, he still
taught the people knowledge; yea, he gave good heed, and sought out, and set
in order many proverbs.

Ecclesiastes 12:10 The preacher sought to find out acceptable words: and
that which was written was upright, even words of truth.

Ecclesiastes 12:11 The words of the wise are as goads, and as nails fastened
by the masters of assemblies, which are given from one shepherd.

Ecclesiastes 12:12 And further, by these, my son, be admonished: of making
many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh.

Ecclesiastes 12:13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God,
and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.

Ecclesiastes 12:14 For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every
secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.


God's word to you ... The secret things belong unto the Lord our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law.
 [Deuteronomy 29:29]


Questions to ask yourself while reading God's word:

Are you ready?

1) Do you have a "prepared heart" to seek God?

2) Have you found His Book?

3) Is your heart "fixed"? John 3:5 "born of water and of the Spirit"

4) Do you inquire of the LORD?

 "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth" [2 Timothy 3:15]

5) Do you show forth your light by your good works?   "Let your light so shine..." [Matthew 5:16]

6) Are you openly, before all men, publishing your relationship to Jesus?   Do you possess "a good profession before many witnesses" ?  [1 Timothy 6:11-12]

 7) Are you following after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness?

8) Do you have a heart in communion with the Spirit of God in a celebration of a worship of praise?