2I say, “Keep the king’s command!” because of the oath of God.
3Do not be hasty to go out of his presence. Do not persist in an evil thing, for he does whatever pleases him,
4for the king’s word is authoritative. Who can say to him, “What are you doing?”
5Whoever keeps the commandment will not come to harm, and his wise heart will know the proper time and procedure.
6For there is a proper time and procedure for every purpose, even though the misery of man is heavy on him.
7For no one knows what will happen, because who can tell him when it will happen?
8There is no man who has power over the spirita to retain the spirit, and no one has power over the day of his death. No one is discharged in that war, and wickedness will not rescue its owners.
9All this have I seen, and applied my heart to every work that is done under the sun. There is a time when one man has power over another to his hurt.
10Indeed, I saw the wicked buried and departed. They used to go from the holy place and were praised in the city where they did such things. This also is pointless.
11Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil.
12Though a sinner does evil 100 times and lives long, yet surely I know that it will be better for those who fear God, who are reverent before him.
13But it will not be well with the wicked person, nor will he lengthen his days like a shadow, because he does not fear God.
14There is a pointless thing that is done on the earth, that there are righteous people to whom it happens according to the work of the wicked. Again, there are wicked people to whom it happens according to the work of the righteous. I said that this also is pointless.
15So I recommend the enjoyment of life, because a man has no better thing under the sun than to eat, and to drink, and to be merry, and that will accompany him in his labor all the days of his life that God has given him under the sun.
16When I applied my heart to know wisdom and to see the activity that is done on the earth (indeed, there is one that neither day nor night sees sleep with his eyes),
17then I saw all the work of God, that man cannot find out the work that is done under the sun because however much man labors to seek it out, yet he will not find it. Even if a wise man thinks he can comprehend it, he will not be able to find it.