The wordes of the Preacher, the sonne of Dauid King in Ierusalem.
2 Vanitie of vanities, sayth the Preacher: vanitie of vanities, all is vanitie.
3 What remaineth vnto man in all his trauaile, which he suffereth vnder ye sunne?
4 One generation passeth, and another generation succeedeth: but the earth
remaineth for euer.
5 The sunne riseth, and ye sunne goeth downe, and draweth to his place, where he
6 The winde goeth toward the South, and compasseth towarde the North: the winde
goeth rounde about, and returneth by his circuites.
7 All the riuers goe into the sea, yet the sea is not full: for the riuers goe
vnto ye place, whence they returne, and goe.
8 All things are full of labour: man cannot vtter it: the eye is not satisfied
with seeing, nor the eare filled with hearing.
9 What is it that hath bene? That that shalbe: and what is it that hath bene
done? That which shalbe done: and there is no newe thing vnder the sunne.
10 Is there any thing, whereof one may say, Beholde this, it is newe? It hath
bene already in the olde time that was before vs.
11 There is no memorie of the former, neither shall there be a remembrance of
the latter that shalbe, with them that shall come after.
12 I the Preacher haue bene King ouer Israel in Ierusalem:
13 And I haue giuen mine heart to search and finde out wisdome by all things
that are done vnder the heauen: (this sore trauaile hath GOD giuen to the sonnes
of men, to humble them thereby)
14 I haue considered all the workes that are done vnder the sunne, and beholde,
all is vanitie, and vexation of the spirit.
15 That which is crooked, can none make straight: and that which faileth, cannot
16 I thought in mine heart, and said, Behold, I am become great, and excell in
wisdome all them that haue bene before me in Ierusalem: and mine heart hath
seene much wisedome and knowledge.
17 And I gaue mine heart to knowe wisdome and knowledge, madnes and foolishnes:
I knew also that this is a vexation of the spirit.
18 For in the multitude of wisedome is much griefe: and he that increaseth
knowledge, increaseth sorowe.
1 I said in mine heart, Goe to nowe, I will proue thee with ioy: therefore take
thou pleasure in pleasant things: and beholde, this also is vanitie.
2 I saide of laughter, Thou art mad: and of ioy, What is this that thou doest?
3 I sought in mine heart to giue my selfe to wine, and to leade mine heart in
wisdome, and to take holde of follie, till I might see where is that goodnesse
of the children of men, which they enioy vnder the sunne: the whole nomber of
the dayes of their life.
4 I haue made my great workes: I haue built me houses: I haue planted me
5 I haue made me gardens and orchards, and planted in them trees of all fruite.
6 I haue made me cisternes of water, to water therewith the woods that growe
7 I haue gotten seruants and maides, and had children borne in the house: also I
had great possession of beeues and sheepe aboue all that were before me in
8 I haue gathered vnto me also siluer and gold, and the chiefe treasures of
Kings & prouinces: I haue prouided me men singers and women singers, and the
delites of the sonnes of men, as a woman taken captiue, & women taken
9 And I was great, & increased aboue all that were before me in Ierusalem:
also my wisedome remained with me.
10 And whatsoeuer mine eyes desired, I withheld it not from them: I withdrew not
mine heart from any ioy: for mine heart reioyced in al my labour: & this was
my portion of all my trauaile.
11 Then I looked on all my workes that mine hands had wrought, and on the
trauaile that I had laboured to doe: and beholde, all is vanitie and vexation of
the spirit: and there is no profite vnder the sunne.
12 And I turned to beholde wisedome, and madnes and follie: (for who is the man
that will come after the King in things, which men nowe haue done?)
13 Then I saw that there is profite in wisdome, more then in follie: as the
light is more excellent then darkenes.
14 For the wise mans eyes are in his head, but the foole walketh in darknes: yet
I know also that the same condition falleth to them all.
15 Then I thought in mine heart, It befalleth vnto me, as it befalleth to ye
foole. Why therefore doe I then labour to be more wise? And I sayd in mine
heart, that this also is vanitie.
16 For there shalbe no remembrance of the wise, nor of the foole for euer: for
that that now is, in the dayes to come shall all be forgotten; howe dyeth the
wise man, as doeth the foole?
17 Therefore I hated life: for the worke that is wrought vnder the sunne is
grieuous vnto me: for all is vanitie, and vexation of the spirit.
18 I hated also all my labour, wherein I had trauailed vnder the sunne, which I
shall leaue to the man that shalbe after me.
19 And who knoweth whether he shalbe wise or foolish? yet shall hee haue rule
ouer all my labour, wherein I haue trauailed, and wherein I haue shewed my selfe
wise vnder the sunne. This is also vanitie.
20 Therefore I went about to make mine heart abhorre all the labour, wherein I
had trauailed vnder the sunne.
21 For there is a man whose trauaile is in wisdome, and in knowledge and in
equitie: yet to a man that hath not trauailed herein, shal he giue his portion:
this also is vanitie and a great griefe.
22 For what hath man of all his trauaile and griefe of his heart, wherein he
hath trauailed vnder the sunne?
23 For all his dayes are sorowes, and his trauaile griefe: his heart also taketh
not rest in the night: which also is vanitie.
24 There is no profit to man: but that he eate, and drinke, & delight his
soule with the profit of his labour: I saw also this, that it was of the hand of
25 For who could eate, and who could haste to outward things more then I?
26 Surely to a man that is good in his sight, God giueth wisdome, and knowledge,
and ioy: but to the sinner he giueth paine, to gather, and to heape to giue to
him that is good before God: this is also vanitie, and vexation of the spirit.
1 To all things there is an appointed time, and a time to euery purpose vnder
2 A time to bee borne, and a time to die: a time to plant, and a time to plucke
vp that which is planted.
3 A time to slay, and a time to heale: a time to breake downe, and a time to
4 A time to weepe, and a time to laugh: a time to mourne, and a time to dance.
5 A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones: a time to embrace,
and a time to be farre from embracing.
6 A time to seeke, and a time to lose: a time to keepe, and a time to cast away.
7 A time to rent, and a time to sowe: a time to keepe silence, and a time to
8 A time to loue, and a time to hate: a time of warre, and a time of peace.
9 What profite hath hee that worketh of the thing wherein he trauaileth?
10 I haue seene the trauaile that God hath giuen to ye sonnes of men to humble
11 He hath made euery thing beautifull in his time: also he hath set the worlde
in their heart, yet can not man finde out the worke that God hath wrought fro
the beginning euen to the end.
12 I know that there is nothing good in them, but to reioyce, and to doe good in
13 And also that euery man eateth and drinketh, and seeth the commoditie of all
his labour. This is the gift of God.
14 I knowe that whatsoeuer God shall doe, it shalbe for euer: to it can no man
adde, and from it can none diminish: for God hath done it, that they should
feare before him.
15 What is that that hath bene? That is nowe: and that that shalbe, hath now
bene: for God requireth that which is past.
16 And moreouer I haue seene vnder the sunne the place of iudgement, where was
wickednesse, and the place of iustice where was iniquitie.
17 I thought in mine heart, God wil iudge the iust and the wicked: for time is
there for euery purpose and for euery worke.
18 I considered in mine heart the state of the children of men that God had
purged them: yet to see to, they are in themselues as beastes.
19 For the condition of the children of men, and the condition of beasts are
euen as one condition vnto them. As the one dyeth, so dyeth the other: for they
haue all one breath, and there is no excellency of man aboue ye beast: for all
20 All goe to one place, & all was of the dust, and all shall returne to the
21 Who knoweth whether the spirit of man ascend vpward, and the spirit of the
beast descend downeward to the earth?
22 Therefore I see that there is nothing better then that a man shoulde reioyce
in his affaires, because that is his portion. For who shal bring him to see what
shalbe after him?
1 So I turned and considered all the oppressions that are wrought vnder the
sunne, and beholde the teares of the oppressed, and none comforteth them: and
lo, the strength is of the hand of them that oppresse them, & none
2 Wherefore I praysed the dead which now are dead, aboue the liuing, which are
3 And I count him better then them both, which hath not yet bin: for he hath not
seene the euill workes which are wrought vnder the sunne.
4 Also I beheld all trauaile, & all perfection of workes that this is ye
enuie of a man against his neighbour: this also is vanitie & vexation of
5 The foole foldeth his hands, and eateth vp his owne flesh.
6 Better is an handfull with quietnesse, then two handfuls with labour and
vexation of spirit.
7 Againe I returned, and sawe vanitie vnder the sunne.
8 There is one alone, & there is not a second, which hath neither sonne nor
brother, yet is there none end of all his trauaile, neither can his eye be
satisfied with riches: neither doeth he thinke, For whome doe I trauaile and
defraude my soule of pleasure? this also is vanitie, and this is an euill
9 Two are better then one: for they haue better wages for their labour.
10 For if they fal, the one wil lift vp his felow: but wo vnto him that is
alone: for he falleth, and there is not a second to lift him vp.
11 Also if two sleepe together, then shall they haue heate: but to one how
should there be heate?
12 And if one ouercome him, two shall stand against him: and a threefolde coard
is not easily broken.
13 Better is a poore and wise childe, then an olde and foolish King, which will
no more be admonished.
14 For out of the prison he commeth forth to reigne: when as he that is borne in
his kingdome, is made poore.
15 I behelde all the liuing, which walke vnder the sunne, with the second
childe, which shall stand vp in his place.
16 There is none ende of all the people, nor of all that were before them, and
they that come after, shall not reioyce in him: surely this is also vanitie and
vexation of spirit.
1 Take heede to thy foote when thou entrest into the House of God, and be more
neere to heare then to giue the sacrifice of fooles: for they knowe not that
they doe euil.
2 Be not rash with thy mouth, nor let thine heart be hastie to vtter a thing
before God: for God is in the heauens, and thou art on the earth: therefore let
thy wordes be fewe.
3 For as a dreame commeth by the multitude of businesse: so the voyce of a foole
is in the multitude of wordes.
4 When thou hast vowed a vowe to God, deferre not to pay it: for he deliteth not
in fooles: pay therefore that thou hast vowed.
5 It is better that thou shouldest not vowe, then that thou shouldest vow and
not pay it.
6 Suffer not thy mouth to make thy flesh to sinne: neither say before the Angel,
that this is ignorance: wherefore shall God bee angry by thy voyce, and destroy
the worke of thine hands?
7 For in the multitude of dreames, and vanities are also many wordes: but feare
8 If in a countrey thou seest the oppression of the poore, and the defrauding of
iudgement and iustice, be not astonied at the matter: for hee that is higher
then the highest, regardeth, and there be higher then they.
9 And the abundance of the earth is ouer all: the King also consisteth by the
fielde that is tilled.
10 He that loueth siluer, shall not be satisfied with siluer, and he that loueth
riches, shalbe without the fruite thereof: this also is vanitie.
11 When goods increase, they are increased that eate them: and what good commeth
to the owners thereof, but the beholding thereof with their eyes?
12 The sleepe of him that traueileth, is sweete, whether he eate litle or much:
but the sacietie of the riche will not suffer him to sleepe.
13 There is an euill sickenes that I haue seene vnder the sunne: to wit, riches
reserued to the owners thereof for their euill.
14 And these riches perish by euill trauel, and he begetteth a sonne, and in his
hand is nothing.
15 As hee came foorth of his mothers belly, he shall returne naked to goe as he
came, and shal beare away nothing of his labour, which hee hath caused to passe
by his hand.
16 And this also is an euill sickenes that in all pointes as he came, so shall
he goe, and what profit hath he that he hath traueiled for the winde?
17 Also all his dayes hee eateth in darkenes with much griefe, and in his sorowe
18 Beholde then, what I haue seene good, that it is comely to eate, and to
drinke, and to take pleasure in all his labour, wherein he traueileth vnder the
sunne, the whole nomber of the dayes of his life, which God giueth him: for this
is his portion.
19 Also to euery man to whom God hath giuen riches and treasures, and giueth him
power to eate thereof, and to take his part, and to enioy his labour: this is
the gift of God.
20 Surely hee will not much remember the dayes of his life, because God
answereth to the ioy of his heart.
1 There is an euill, which I sawe vnder the sunne, and it is much among men:
2 A man to whom God hath giuen riches and treasures and honour, and he wanteth
nothing for his soule of all that it desireth: but God giueth him not power to
eate thereof, but a strange man shall eate it vp: this is vanitie, and this is
an euill sicknesse.
3 If a man beget an hundreth children and liue many yeeres, and the dayes of his
yeeres be multiplied, & his soule be not satisfied with good things, and he
be not buried, I say that an vntimely fruite is better then he.
4 For he commeth into vanitie and goeth into darkenesse: and his name shall be
couered with darkenesse.
5 Also he hath not seene ye sunne, nor knowen it: therefore this hath more rest
then the other.
6 And if he had liued a thousand yeeres twise tolde, and had seene no good,
shall not all goe to one place?
7 All the labour of man is for his mouth: yet the soule is not filled.
8 For what hath the wise man more then the foole? what hath the poore that
knoweth how to walke before the liuing?
9 The sight of ye eye is better then to walke in ye lustes: this also is vanitie,
& vexation of spirit.
10 What is that that hath bene? the name thereof is nowe named: and it is knowen
that it is man: and he cannot striue with him that is stronger then he.
11 Svrely there be many things that increase vanitie: and what auaileth it man?
12 For who knoweth what is good for man in the life and in the nomber of the
dayes of the life of his vanitie, seeing he maketh them as a shadowe? For who
can shewe vnto man what shall be after him vnder the sunne?
1 A good name is better then a good oyntment, and the day of death, then the day
that one is borne.
2 It is better to goe to the house of mourning, then to goe to the house of
feasting, because this is the ende of all men: and the liuing shall lay it to
3 Anger is better then laughter: for by a sad looke the heart is made better.
4 The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning: but the heart of fooles is
in the house of mirth.
5 Better it is to heare ye rebuke of a wise man, then that a man should heare
the song of fooles.
6 For like ye noyse of the thornes vnder the pot, so is the laughter of the
foole: this also is vanitie.
7 Surely oppression maketh a wise man mad: and the rewarde destroyeth the heart.
8 The ende of a thing is better then the beginning thereof, and the pacient in
spirit is better then the proude in spirit.
9 Be not thou of an hastie spirit to be angry: for anger resteth in the bosome
10 Say not thou, Why is it that the former dayes were better then these? For
thou doest not enquire wisely of this thing.
11 Wisedome is good with an inheritance, and excellent to them that see the
12 For man shall rest in the shadowe of wisedome, and in the shadowe of siluer:
but the excellencie of the knowledge of wisedome giueth life to the possessers
13 Beholde the worke of God: for who can make straight that which he hath made
14 In the day of wealth be of good comfort, and in the day of affliction
consider: God also hath made this contrary to that, to the intent that man
shoulde finde nothing after him.
15 I haue seene all things in the dayes of my vanitie: there is a iust man that
perisheth in his iustice, and there is a wicked man that continueth long in his
16 Be not thou iust ouermuch, neither make thy selfe ouerwise: wherefore
shouldest thou be desolate?
17 Be not thou wicked ouermuch, neither be thou foolish: wherefore shouldest
thou perish not in thy time?
18 It is good that thou lay hold on this: but yet withdrawe not thine hand from
that: for he that feareth God, shall come forth of them all.
19 Wisedome shall strengthen the wise man more then ten mightie princes that are
in ye citie.
20 Surely there is no man iust in the earth, that doeth good and sinneth not.
21 Giue not thine heart also to all ye wordes that men speake, lest thou doe
heare thy seruant cursing thee.
22 For often times also thine heart knoweth that thou likewise hast cursed
23 All this haue I prooued by wisedome: I thought I will be wise, but it went
farre from me.
24 It is farre off, what may it be? And it is a profound deepenesse, who can
25 I haue compassed about, both I and mine heart to knowe and to enquire and to
search wisedome, and reason, and to knowe the wickednesse of follie, and the
foolishnesse of madnesse,
26 And I finde more bitter then death the woman whose heart is as nettes and
snares, and her handes, as bands: he that is good before God, shalbe deliuered
from her, but the sinner shall be taken by her.
27 Beholde, sayth the Preacher, this haue I found, seeking one by one to finde
28 And yet my soule seeketh, but I finde it not: I haue found one man of a
thousand: but a woman among them all haue I not founde.
29 Onely loe, this haue I founde, that God hath made man righteous: but they
haue sought many inuentions.
1 Who is as the wise man? and who knoweth the interpretation of a thing? the
wisedome of a man doth make his face to shine: and the strength of his face
2 I aduertise thee to take heede to ye mouth of the King, and to the worde of
the othe of God.
3 Haste not to goe forth of his sight: stand not in an euill thing: for he will
doe whatsoeuer pleaseth him.
4 Where the word of ye King is, there is power, and who shall say vnto him, What
5 He that keepeth the commandement, shall knowe none euill thing, and the heart
of the wise shall knowe the time and iudgement.
6 For to euery purpose there is a time and iudgement, because the miserie of man
is great vpon him.
7 For he knoweth not that which shalbe: for who can tell him when it shalbe?
8 Man is not lorde ouer the spirit to retaine the spirite: neither hath hee
power in the day of death, nor deliuerance in the battell, neither shall
wickednesse deliuer the possessers thereof.
9 All this haue I seene, and haue giuen mine heart to euery worke, which is
wrought vnder the sunne, and I sawe a time that man ruleth ouer man to his owne
10 And likewise I sawe the wicked buried, and they returned, and they that came
from the holy place, were yet forgotten in the citie where they had done right:
this also is vanitie.
11 Because sentence against an euill worke is not executed speedily, therefore
the heart of the children of men is fully set in them to doe euill.
12 Though a sinner doe euill an hundreth times, and God prolongeth his dayes,
yet I knowe that it shalbe well with them that feare the Lord, and doe reuerence
13 But it shall not be well to the wicked, neither shall he prolong his dayes:
he shall be like a shadowe, because he feareth not before God.
14 There is a vanitie, which is done vpon the earth, that there be righteous men
to whom it commeth according to the worke of the wicked: and there be wicked men
to whom it commeth according to the worke of the iust: I thought also that this
15 And I praysed ioy: for there is no goodnesse to man vnder the sunne, saue to
eate and to drinke and to reioyce: for this is adioyned to his labour, the dayes
of his life that God hath giuen him vnder the sunne.
16 When I applied mine heart to knowe wisedome, and to behold the busines that
is done on earth, that neither day nor night the eyes of man take sleepe,
17 Then I behelde the whole worke of God, that man cannot finde out ye worke
that is wrought vnder the sunne: for the which man laboureth to seeke it, and
cannot finde it: yea, and though the wise man thinke to knowe it, he cannot
1 I haue surely giuen mine heart to all this, and to declare all this, that the
iust, and the wise, and their workes are in the hand of God: and no man knoweth
eyther loue or hatred of all that is before them.
2 All things come alike to all: and the same condition is to the iust and to the
wicked, to the good and to the pure, and to the polluted, and to him that
sacrificeth, and to him that sacrificeth not: as is the good, so is the sinner,
he that sweareth, as he that feareth an othe.
3 This is euill among all that is done vnder the sunne, that there is one
condition to all, and also the heart of the sonnes of men is full of euill, and
madnes is in their heartes whiles they liue, and after that, they goe to the
4 Surely whosoeuer is ioyned to all ye liuing, there is hope: for it is better
to a liuing dog, then to a dead
5 For the liuing knowe that they shall dye, but the dead knowe nothing at all:
neither haue they any more a rewarde: for their remembrance is forgotten.
6 Also their loue, and their hatred, and their enuie is now perished, and they
haue no more portion for euer, in all that is done vnder the sunne.
7 Goe, eate thy bread with ioy, & drinke thy wine with a cheerefull heart:
for God nowe accepteth thy workes.
8 At all times let thy garments be white, and let not oyle be lacking vpon thine
9 Reioyce with the wife whom thou hast loued all the dayes of the life of thy
vanitie, which God hath giuen thee vnder the sunne all the dayes of thy vanitie:
for this is thy portion in the life, and in thy trauaile wherein thou labourest
vnder the sunne.
10 All that thine hand shall finde to doe, doe it with all thy power: for there
is neither worke nor inuention, nor knowledge, nor wisedome in the graue whither
11 I returned, and I sawe vnder the sunne that the race is not to the swift, nor
the battell to the strong, nor yet bread to the wise, nor also riches to men of
vnderstanding, neither yet fauour to men of knowledge: but time and chance
commeth to them all.
12 For neither doth man knowe his time, but as the fishes which are taken in an
euill net, and as the birdes that are caught in the snare: so are the children
of men snared in the euill time when it falleth vpon them suddenly.
13 I haue also seene this wisedome vnder the sunne, and it is great vnto me.
14 A litle citie and fewe men in it, and a great King came against it, and
compassed it about, and builded fortes against it.
15 And there was founde therein a poore and wise man, and he deliuered the citie
by his wisedome: but none remembred this poore man.
16 Then said I, Better is wisdome then stregth: yet the wisedome of the poore is
despised, and his wordes are not heard.
17 The wordes of the wise are more heard in quietnes, then the crye of him that
ruleth among fooles.
18 Better is wisedome then weapons of warre: but one sinner destroyeth much
1 Dead flies cause to stinke, & putrifie the ointment of the apoticarie: so
doeth a litle follie him that is in estimation for wisedome, and for glorie.
2 The heart of a wise man is at his right hand: but the heart of a foole is at
his left hand.
3 And also when the foole goeth by the way, his heart faileth, and he telleth
vnto all that he is a foole.
4 If the spirite of him that ruleth, rise vp against thee, leaue not thy place:
for gentlenes pacifieth great sinnes.
5 There is an euil that I haue seene vnder the sunne, as an error that
proceedeth from the face of him that ruleth.
6 Follie is set in great excellencie, and the riche set in the lowe place.
7 I haue seene seruants on horses, and princes walking as seruants on the
8 He that diggeth a pit, shall fal into it, and he that breaketh the hedge, a
serpent shall bite him.
9 He that remooueth stones, shall hurt himselfe thereby, and hee that cutteth
wood, shall be in danger thereby.
10 If the yron be blunt, & one hath not whet the edge, he must then put to
more strength: but the excellencie to direct a thing is wisedome.
11 If the serpent bite, when he is not charmed: no better is a babbler.
12 The words of ye mouth of a wise man haue grace: but the lippes of a foole
13 The beginning of the wordes of his mouth is foolishnesse, and the latter ende
of his mouth is wicked madnesse.
14 For the foole multiplieth woordes, saying, Man knoweth not what shall be: and
who can tell him what shall be after him?
15 The labour of the foolish doeth wearie him: for he knoweth not to goe into
16 Woe to thee, O lande, when thy King is a childe, and thy princes eate in the
17 Blessed art thou, O land, when thy King is the sonne of nobles, and thy
princes eate in time, for strength and not for drunkennesse.
18 By slouthfulnes the roofe of the house goeth to decaie, and by the ydlenesse
of the handes the house droppeth through.
19 They prepare bread for laughter, and wine comforteth the liuing, but siluer
answereth to all.
20 Curse not the King, no not in thy thought, neither curse the rich in thy bed
chamber: for the foule of the heauen shall carie the voice, & that which
hath wings, shall declare the matter.
1 Cast thy bread vpon the waters: for after many daies thou shalt finde it.
2 Giue a portion to seuen, & also to eight: for thou knowest not what euill
shalbe vpon ye earth.
3 If the clouds be full, they wil powre forth raine vpon the earth: and if the
tree doe fall toward the South, or toward the North, in the place that the tree
falleth, there it shalbe.
4 He that obserueth ye winde, shall not sow, and he that regardeth the cloudes,
shall not reape.
5 As thou knowest not which is ye way of the spirit, nor how the bones doe growe
in the wombe of her that is with child: so thou knowest not the worke of God
that worketh all.
6 In the morning sowe thy seede, and in the euening let not thine hand rest: for
thou knowest not whither shall prosper, this or that, or whether both shalbe a
7 Surely the light is a pleasant thing: and it is a good thing to the eyes to
see the sunne.
8 Though a man liue many yeeres, and in them all he reioyce, yet hee shall
remember the daies of darkenesse, because they are manie, all that commeth is
9 Reioyce, O yong man, in thy youth, and let thine heart cheere thee in the
dayes of thy youth: and walke in the waies of thine heart, and in the sight of
thine eyes: but knowe that for all these things, God wil bring thee to iudgement.
10 Therefore take away griefe out of thine heart, and cause euil to depart from
thy flesh: for childehoode and youth are vanitie.
1 Remember nowe thy Creator in the daies of thy youth, whiles the euill daies
come not, nor the yeeres approche, wherein thou shalt say, I haue no pleasure in
2 Whiles the sunne is not darke, nor ye light, nor the moone, nor the starres,
nor the cloudes returne after the raine:
3 When the keepers of ye house shal tremble, & the strong men shal bow them
selues, and the grinders shal cease, because they are few, and they waxe darke
that looke out by ye windowes:
4 And the doores shall be shut without by the base sound of the grinding, and he
shall rise vp at the voice of the birde: and all the daughters of singing shall
5 Also they shalbe afraide of the hie thing, and feare shalbe in the way, and
the almond tree shall flourish, and the grassehopper shall be a burden, and
concupiscence shall be driuen away: for man goeth to the house of his age, and
the mourners goe about in the streete.
6 Whiles the siluer coarde is not lengthened, nor the golden ewer broken, nor
the pitcher broken at the wel, nor the wheele broken at the cisterne:
7 And dust returne to the earth as it was, and the spirit returne to God that
8 Vanitie of vanities, saieth the Preacher, all is vanitie.
9 And the more wise the Preacher was, the more he taught the people knowledge,
and caused them to heare, and searched foorth, and prepared many parables.
10 The Preacher sought to finde out pleasant wordes, and an vpright writing,
euen the wordes of trueth.
11 The wordes of the wise are like goads, and like nailes fastened by the
masters of the assemblies, which are giuen by one pastour.
12 And of other things beside these, my sone, take thou heede: for there is none
ende in making many bookes, and much reading is a wearines of the flesh.
13 Let vs heare the end of all: feare God and keepe his commandements: for this
is the whole duetie of man.
14 For God will bring euery worke vnto iudgement, with euery secret thing,
whether it be good or euill.