These are the wordes of the Preather, şe sonne of Dauid, kynge of Ierusalem.
2 All is but moste vayne vanite (sayeth şe Preacher) & al is moste vayne (I
say) & but plaine vanite.
3 For what els hath a man, of all şe labour şt he taketh vnder şe Sunne?
4 One generacyon passeth awaye, another commeth, but şe earth abydeth styll.
5 The Sunne aryseth, şe sunne goeth downe, & returneth to hys place, şt he
maye there rise vp againe.
6 The winde goeth toward şe South, & turneth vnto the northe, fetchith his
compasse, whirleth aboute, & goth forth, & his circuite returneth agayne
to him selfe.
7 All floudes runne into the see, & yet şe see yt selfe is not fylled: for
loke vnto what place şe waters runne, thence they come to flowe agayne.
8 All thinges are so harde to be knowen, şt no man can expresse them. The eye
is not satisfyed wt syght, the eare is not fylled wt hearinge.
9 The thing şt hath bene, commeth to passe agayne: & şe thinge şt hath
bene done, shall be done agayne, there is no new thing vnder şe sunne.
10 Is there eny thing wherof it maye be sayde: lo, this is new? For it was longe
agoo in şe times şt haue bene before vs.
11 The thing şt is past, is out of remembraunce: Euen so the thinges şt are
for to come, shal no more be thought vpon amonge them şt come after.
12 I my selfe şe Preacher, was kyng of Israel at Ierusalem,
13 & dyd applie my mynde to seke out & search for şe knowledge of all
thinges that are done vnder heauen. Soch trauayle and labour hath God geuen vnto
şe children of men, to excercyse them selues therin.
14 Thus I haue consydred all the thinges şt come to passe vnder the Sunne, and
lo, they are all but vanite, & vexacion of minde.
15 The croked cannot be made strayght, nor şe thinge şt is vnperfecte, cannot
be acompted wt thinges şt are perfecte.
16 I commoned wt mine awne herte, sayinge: lo, I am come to a great estate,
& haue gotten more wysdome, then all they şt haue bene before me in
Ierusalem. Yee my herte had greate experience of wisdome & knowledge,
17 for there vnto I applied my mynde: şt I myght knowe what were wisdome &
vnderstanding, what were errour & folishnes: & I perceaued, şt this
also was but a vexacyon of minde:
18 for where moch wisdome is, there is also greate trauaile & disquietnes:
& şe more knowledge a man hath, şe more is hys care.
Then sayd I thus in my herte: Now go to, I wil take mine ease & haue good
dayes. But lo, şt is vanite:
2 also in so moch şt I sayd vnto şe man gyuen to laughter: şu arte madd,
& to myrth: what doest thou?
3 So I thought in my hert, to gyue my flesh vnto wyne and agayne to applie my
mynde vnto wysdome, and to comprehende folyshnes vntyll the tyme şt (amonge all
şe thinges whych are vnder the Sunne) I myght se what were best for men to do,
so longe as they lyue vnder heauen.
4 I made gorgious fayre worckes. I buylded me houses, and planted vyneyardes.
5 I made me ortchardes and gardens of pleasure, and planted trees in them of al
6 I made poles of water, to water şe grene and fruteful trees withall.
7 I bought seruauntes and maydens, and had a greate housholde. As for catell and
shepe, I had more substaunce of them, then all they that were before me in
8 I gathered syluer & golde together, euen a treasure of kynges and landes.
I prouyded me syngers & wemen, which coulde playe of instrumentes, to make
men myrth and pastime. I gat me psalteries & songes of musicke.
9 And I was greater and in more worshipe, then all my predecessours in Ierusalem.
For wisdome remained with me:
10 & loke whatsoeuer myne eyes desyred, I let them haue it: and wherin
soeuer my hert delyted, or had eny pleasure, I with helde it not from it. Thus
my herte reioysed in all that I dyd, and this was my porcion of all my trauayle.
11 But when I consydred all the workes that my handes had wrought, and all şe
laboure that I had taken therin: lo, all was but vanite and vexacion of mynd,
and nothing of eny value vnder şe Sunne.
12 Then turned I me to considre wysdome, erroure, and folyshnesse (for what is
he among men that myght be compared to me the kyng in soch worckes?)
13 and I sawe: that wysdome excelleth foolishnesse, as farre as light doth
14 For a wyse man hath his eyes in his head, but the foole goeth in the
darkenesse: I perceaued also, şt they both had one ende.
15 Then thought I in my mynde, If it happen vnto the foole as it doth vnto me,
what nedeth me then to labour eny more for wisdome? So I confessed within my
hert, that this also was but vanite.
16 For the wyse are euer as lytle in remembraunce as the folish, for şe dayes
shal come when all shal be forgotten, yee şe wise man dieth as well as şe
17 Thus beganne I to be weery of my lyfe, in so moch that I coulde awaye with
nothing that is done vnder the Sunne, for all was but vanite & vexacion of
18 Yee I was weery of all my labour, whych I had taken vnder the Sunne, because
I shulde be fayne to leaue them vnto another man that commeth after me:
19 And who knoweth, whether he shalbe a wyse man or a fole? And yet shall he be
lord of all my labours, which I with soch wysdome haue taken vnder the Sunne
Thys is also a vayne thyng.
20 So I turned me to refrayne my mynde from all soch trauayle, as I toke vnder
21 for so moch as a man shulde weery hym selfe with wysdome, with vnderstanding
and oportunite, & yet be fayne to leaue his labours vnto another that neuer
swett for them. This is also a vayne thing & greate misery.
22 For what getteth a man of all the laboure and trauayle of his mynde, that he
taketh vnder the Sunne,
23 but heuynesse, sorowe and desquyetnes all the dayes of hys lyfe? In so moch
that his hert cannot rest in the nyght, this is also a vayne thing?
24 Is it not better then for a man to eate & drynche, & his soule to be
mery in his labour? Yee I sawe that thys also was a gyfte of God:
25 For who will eat or go more lustely to hys worcke then I? And why?
26 God gyueth to the man that is good before him, wysdome, vnderstandyng, &
gladnesse. But vnto the synner he geueth weerynes that he maye gather and heape
together the thynge, that afterwarde shalbe geuen vnto him, whom it pleaseth
God. This is now a vayne thinge, yee a very disquietnesse and vexacyon of mynde.
Euery thinge hath a tyme, yee all şt is vnder the heauen, hath his conuenient
2 There is a tyme to be borne, and a tyme to dye. There is a tyme to plante and
a tyme to pleke vp the thing, that is planted.
3 A time to slaye, and a time to make whole. A tyme to breake downe, & a
tyme to build vp.
4 A tyme to wepe, and a tyme to laugh: A tyme to mourne, and a tyme to daunse.
5 A time to cast awaye stones, and a tyme to gather stones together. A tyme to
embrace, and a tyme to refrayne from embracing.
6 A tyme to wynne, and a tyme to lese. A tyme to spare, and a tyme to spende.
7 A tyme to cut in peces, and a tyme to sowe together.
8 A tyme to loue, and a tyme to hate.
9 What hath a man els (şt doth any thing) but werynesse & labour?
10 For as touchinge the trauayle and carefulnesse whych God hath geuen vnto men,
I se şt he hath geuen it them, to be excercised in it.
11 All thys hath he ordened maruelous goodly, to euery thing his due tyme. He
hath planted ignoraunce also in the hertes of men, that they shuld not
comprehende the ground of hys worckes, which he doth from the begynning to şe
12 So I perceaued, şt in these thinges there is nothing better for a man, then
to be mery and to do well so longe as he lyueth.
13 For all that a man eateth & dryncketh, yee whatsoeuer a man enioyeth of
all his labour, that same is a gyfte of God.
14 I consydered also şt whatsoeuer God doth, it continueth for euer and that
nothing can be put vnto it, nor taken from it, and that God doth it to the
intent, that men shuld feare hym.
15 The thing that hath bene is nowe: and the thyng that is for to come, hath
bene afore time, for God restoreth agayne the thynge that was past
16 Moreouer, I sawe vnder the Sunne vngodlynesse in the steade of iudgement, and
iniquyte in steade of ryghteousnesse.
17 Then thought I in my minde: God shal separate the ryghteous from the vngodly,
and then shalbe the tyme and iudgement of all councels and worckes.
18 I commened with myne awne hert also, concernynge the children of men: how God
hath chosen them, & yet letteth them apeare: as though they were beastes:
19 for it happeneth vnto men as it doth vnto beastes, and as the one dyeth, so
dyeth the other: yee they haue both one maner of breth: so şt (in this) a man
hath no preemynence aboue a beast, but all are subdued vnto vanytie.
20 They go all vnto one place, for as they be all of dust, so shall they all
turne vnto dust agayne.
21 Who knoweth şe sprete of man that goeth vpwarde, and the breth of the beast
that goeth downe into şe earth?
22 Wherfore I perceaue, that there is nothing better for a man, then to be
ioyfull in hys laboure, for that is hys porcyon. But who wyll brynge him to se
the thinge that shall come after hym?
So I turned me, & considred all şe violent wrong that is done vnder the
sunne, & beholde, the teares of soch as were oppressed, & there was no
man to conforte them, or şt wolde delyuer & defende them from the violence
of their oppressours.
2 Wherfore I iudged those that are deed, to be more happye then soch as be alyue:
3 yee, him that is yet vnborne to be better at ease then they both, because he
seyth not the miserable worckes that are done vnder the sunne.
4 Agayne, I sawe that all trauayle, & dilygence of labour, şt euery man
taketh in hande, was done of enuy agaynst his neyboure This is also a vaine
thinge, and a vexacion of mynde.
5 The foole foldeth his handes together, and eateth vp hys awne fleshe.
6 One hande full (sayeth he) is better with rest, then both the handes full with
laboure & trauayle of minde.
7 Moreouer, I turned me, & beholde yet another vanyte vnder the Sunne.
8 There is one man, no mo but hym selfe alone, hauyng nether chylde ner brother:
yet is there no ende of his carefull trauayle, his eyes can not be satysfyed
with riches, For whom do I take soch trauayle? For whose pleasure do I thus
consume awaye my lyfe? This is also a vayne & myserable thinge?
9 Therfore, two are better then one, for they maye well enioye the profyt of
10 For If one of them fall, his companyon helpeth him vp agayne: But wo is him
that is alone, for yf he fall, he hath not another to helpe him vp.
11 Agayne, when two slepe together, they are warme: but how can a body be warme
12 One maye be ouercome, but two maye make resistaunce: A threfold cable is not
13 A poore childe beynge wyse, is better then an olde kynge, şt doteth, and
cannot beware in tyme to come.
14 Some one commeth out of preson, and is made a kynge: and another which is
borne in the kyngdome, commeth vnto pouerte.
15 And I perceaued, that all men lyuynge vnder the sonne, go with şe seconde
childe, that shall stonde vp in the steade of the other.
16 As for the people şt haue bene before him, and şt come after hym, they are
innumerable: And they şt come after him shall not reioyse of him. This is also
a vayne thynge & a vexacyon of mynde.
When şu commest into şe house of God, kepe thy fote & draw nye şt God
which is at hande may heare: şt thou gyue not the offeringes of fooles, for
they knowe nowght, but to do euell.
2 Be not hastye with thy mouth, and let not thine hert speake eny thing rashly
before God. For God is in heauen, and şu vpon earth, therfore let thy wordes be
3 For where moch carefulnesse is, there are many dreames: and where many wordes
are, there men maye heare fooles.
4 If thou make a vowe vnto God, be not slacke to perfourme it. As for folysh
vowes, he hath no pleasure in them:
5 If thou promyse eny thinge, paye it: for better it is that thou make no vowe,
then that thou shuldest promyse, and not paye.
6 Suffre not thy mouth to cause thy flesh for to synne, nether saye thou before
the angell, şt it is thy ignoraunce. For then God wilbe angrie at thy voyce,
& destroye all the worckes of thyne handes.
7 And why? where as are many dreames and many wordes, there are also diuerse
vanytes: but loke that thou feare God.
8 If thou seyst the poore to be oppressed and wrongeously dealt withall, so that
equite & the ryght of the lawe is wrasted in the lande: maruell not thou at
soch a thyng, for one greate man kepeth touch with another, & şe myghtie
men are in auctorite ouer the pore.
9 The encrease of şe erth vpholdeth all thinge, yea the kynge himselfe is
mayntened by husbandrye.
10 He that loueth money, wyll neuer be satisfyed wt money: & who so deliteth
in riches, shal haue no profyt therof. This is also a vayne thinge.
11 Where as moche ryches is, there are many also that spende them awaye. And
what pleasure more hath he that possesseth them, sauynge that he maye loke vpon
them with his eyes?
12 A labouringe man slepeth swetely, whether it be lytle or moch that he eateth:
but the aboundaunce of the ryche will not suffre him to slepe.
13 Yet is there a sore plage, which I haue sene vnder the sunne (namely) ryches
kepte to the hurte of him that hath them in possession.
14 For oft tymes they perysh with his greate misery & trouble: & yf he
haue a chylde, it getteth nothynge.
15 Lyke as he came naked out of hys mothers wombe, so goeth he thither agayne,
& carieth nothing awaye with hym of all his laboure.
16 This is a miserable plage, that he shall go awaye euen as he came. What
helpeth it hym then, that he hath laboured in the wynde?
17 All the dayes of his lyfe also he dyd eate in şe darcke, with greate
carefulnesse, sycknesse and sorow.
18 Therfore me thincke it a better & as fayrer thyng, a man to eate and
dryncke, and to be refreshed of all hys laboure, şt he taketh vnder the Sunne
all şe dayes of his lyfe which God geueth hym, for this is hys porcyon.
19 For vnto whomsoeuer God geueth riches goodes and power, he geueth it hym to
enioye it, to take it for hys porcyon, and to be refreshed of hys laboure: thys
is şe gyfte of God.
20 For he thincketh not moch howe longe he shall lyue, for so moch as God
fylleth his herte with gladnesse.
There is yet a plage vnder the sunne, & it is a generall thing among men:
2 when God geueth a man ryches, goodes and honoure, so that he wanteth nothynge
of all that hys herre can desyre: and yet God geueth him not leaue to enioye şe
same, but another man spendeth them. This is a vayne thinge & a miserable
3 If a man begett an hundred children, & lyue many yeares, so şt his dayes
are many in nombre, and yet can not enioye his good, nether be buryed: as for
him I saye, şt an vntymely byrth is better then he.
4 For he commeth to naught, & spendeth his tyme in darrknes, & his name
5 Moreouer, he seeth not şe sonne, & knoweth not of it: & yet hath he
more rest then the other.
6 Yee though he lyued two thousande yeares, yet hath he no good lyfe. Come not
all to one place?
7 All the labour şt a man taketh, is for him selfe, & yet his desire is
neuer fylled after his minde.
8 For what hath şe wyse more then şe foole? What helpeth it the poore, şt he
knoweth to walke wt fooles before the lyuing?
9 The cleare syght of the eyes is better, then şt the soule shulde walke after
desires of şe luste. Howbeit, this is also a vayne thinge & a dysquietnesse
10 The thinge şt hath bene: is named allready, & knowen şt it is euen man
him selfe: nether maye he go to lawe wt hym şt is myghtier then he.
11 Many thinges ther be şt increace vanite, & what hath a man els.
12 For who knoweth what is good for man lyuinge, in the dayes of hys vayne lyfe,
which is but a shadowe? Or who wyl tell a man, what shal happen after him vnder
A Good name is more worth then a precyous oyntment, and the daye of death is
better then the daye of byrth.
2 It is better to go into an house of mourninge, then into a bancketinge house.
For there is the ende of all men, & he şt is liuing, taketh it to hert:
3 grauytie is better then to laugh: for when the countenaunce is heuy, the herte
4 The hert of the wyse is in the mournyng house, but the hert of the folysh is
in the house of myrth.
5 It is better to geue care to the chastenynge of a wyse man then to heare the
songe of fooles.
6 For the laughinge of foles is lyke the crackynge of thornes vnder a pot. And
that is but a vayne thynge.
7 The wyse man hateth wronge delynge: & abhorreth the harte şt couetith
8 Better it is to consydre, the ende of a thinge then the begynnynge. The
pacient of sprete is better then the hye mynded.
9 Be not hastely angrie in thy mynde, for wrath resteth in the bosome of fooles.
10 Saye not şu: What is the cause, şt the dayes of the olde tyme were better,
then they şt be nowe? for şt were no wyse question.
11 Wysdome wt enheritaunce is good yet better is it wt them şt without care may
beholde the sonne.
12 For wysdome defendeth as well as moneye, & the excellent knowledge &
wysdome geueth lyfe vnto him şt hath it in possession.
13 Considre the worke of God how şt no man can make the thing straight which he
14 Use wel the tyme of prosperite, & remembre the tyme of mysfortune: for
God maketh the one by the other, so şt a man can fynde nothing els.
15 All thinges haue I considred in the tyme of my vanite: şt the iust man
perisheth for his righteousnes sake, & the vngodly lyueth in hys wyckednesse.
16 Therfore be şu nether to ryghteous ner ouer wyse, şt thou perishe not:
17 be nether to vnryghteous also ner to folysh, lest thou dye before thy tyme.
18 It is good for the to take holde of this, & not to let that go out of thy
hand. For he that feareth God, commeth forth with them all.
19 Wysdome geueth more corage vnto the wyse, then ten myghtie men of the citye:
20 for there is not one iust vpon earth, şt doth good, and synneth not.
21 Take not hede vnto euery worde that is spoken, lest thou heare thy seruaunt
22 for thine awne hert knoweth that şu thy selfe also hast oft tymes spoken
euell by other men.
23 All these thinges haue I proued in wysdome: for I thought to be wyse but she
went farther fro me then she was before,
24 yee & so depe that I might not reach vnto her.
25 I applyed my mynde also vnto knowledge, & to seke & searche oute
science, wysdome & vnderstanding: to knowe the foolyshnesse of the vngodly,
& the errour of dotinge fooles.
26 And I founde, şt a woman is bytterer then death: for she hath cast abrode,
her herte as a nett that men fishe with, and her handes are cheynes. Who so
pleaseth God, shall escape from her: but the synner will be taken with her.
27 Beholde (sayeth the preacher) thys haue I diligently searched oute &
proued. One thinge must be considred with another, that a man may come by
knowledge: whych as yet I seke, & fynde it not.
28 Among a thousande men I haue founde one, but not one woman amonge all.
29 Lo, this onely haue I founde, şt God made man iust and ryght, but they
sought many inuencions.
Who is wyse? Who hath knowledge to make answere? A mans wysdome maketh hys face
to shine: but vnshamefastnes putteth it out of fauoure.
2 I must kepe the kynges commaundement, and the oth that I haue made vnto God.
3 Be not hastye to go out of hys syght, and se thou continue in no euell thinge:
for whatsoeuer it pleaseth hym, that doeth he.
4 Lyke as when a kynge geueth a charge, his commaundement is myghtye: Euen so
who maye saye vnto him: what doest şu?
5 Who so kepeth the commaundement: shall fele no harme: but a wyse mans herte
discerneth şe tyme & iudgement:
6 For euery thing will haue oportunite & iudgement, and this is the thynge
that maketh men full of carefulnes and sorowe.
7 And why? a man knoweth not what is for to come: for who wyll tell him?
8 Nether is there eny man şt hath power ouer the sprete, to kepe styll şe
sprete, ner to haue eny power in the tyme of death: is it not he also that can
make an ende of the battayle, nether maye vngodlynes deliuer them that medle
9 All these thinges haue I considered, and applied my mynde vnto euery worcke
that is vnder the sonne: howe one man hath lordshype vpon another to his awne
10 For I haue seane often şe vngodly brought to ther graues: and yet they haue
retorned into the citye ageyne, and came from the place of holy men, which in
the citye were growen out of memory as were those also that lyued well. Thys is
also a vayne thynge.
11 Because now that euell worckes are not hastely punysshed, the hert of man
geueth hym selfe ouer vnto wyckednesse.
12 But though an euell persone offende an hundred tymes, & God differ
gyuinge him longe lyfe: yet am I sure, şt it shal go well wt them that feare
God, because they haue him before their eyes.
13 Agayne, as for şe vngodly it shall not be well wt him, nether shall he
prolonge his dayes: but euen as a shadowe, so shall he be that feareth not God.
14 Yet is there a vanyte vpon earth: There be iust men, vnto whom it happeneth,
as though they had the worckes of the vngodly: Agayne, there be vngodly, with
whom it goeth as though they had the workes of the ryghteous. Thys haue I called
also a vayne thyng.
15 Therfore I commende gladnesse, because a man hath no better thing vnder the
Sunne, then to eate and dryncke, & to be mery: for şt shall he haue of his
labour all the dayes of his lyfe, which God geueth him vnder the sunne.
16 And so I applied my mynde to learne wysdome, & to knowe the trauayle that
is in the worlde (and şt of soch a fassyon, şt I suffred not myne eyes to
slepe nether daye ner nyght)
17 I vnderstode of all the workes of God, but it is not possible for a man, to
attayne vnto the workes şt are done vnder the Sunne: and though he bestowe his
laboure to seke them out, yet can he not reach vnto them: yee though a wyse man
wolde vntertake to knowe them, yet shall he not fynde them.
For all these thinges purposed, I in my mynde to seke out. The ryghteous and
wyse, yee and theyr seruauntes also, are in şe hande of God: and there is no
man şt knoweth ether loue or hate, but all thynges are before them.
2 It happeneth vnto one as vnto another: it goeth with şe ryghteous as with şt
the vngodly: with the good and cleane as wyth the vncleane: wyth hym that
offereth as with him that offereth not: lyke as it goeth wyth şe vertuous, so
goeth it also with the synner: As it happeneth vnto the periured, so happeneth
it also vnto him that is afrayed to be forsworne.
3 Amonge all thynges that come to passe vnder the Sunne, thys is a misery şt it
happeneth vnto all a lyke. This is the cause also that the hertes of men are
full of wyckednesse, & madd foolishnesse is in their hertes as longe as they
lyue, vntyll they dye.
4 And why? As longe as a man lyueth, he hath a hope: for a quyck dogg (saye
they) is better then a deed lion:
5 for they şt be lyuing, knowe şt they shall dye: but they şt be deed: knowe
nothing, nether deserue they eny more. For their memorial is forgotten,
6 so that they be nether loued, hated ner enuyed: nether haue they enymore parte
in the world, in all that is done vnder şe Sunne.
7 Go thou thy waye then, eate thy bred wyth ioye, and dryncke thy wyne with a
glad hart, for thy workes please God.
8 Let thy garmentes be allwaye whyte, & let thy head lack none oyntment.
9 Use thy self to liue ioyfully with thy wife whom thou louest, all the dayes of
thy lyfe which is but vayne, şt God geueth the vnder the Sunne, all the dayes
of thy vanite: for that is thy porcion in this lyfe, of al thy laboure and
trauyle that thou takest vnder the Sunne.
10 Whatsoeuer thou takest in hande to do, that do with all thy power, for in the
graue that şu goest vnto, there is nether worcke, councell, knowledge ner
11 So I turned me vnto other thinges vnder the Sunne, & I sawe, that in
runnyng, it helpeth not to be swyft: in batayle, it helpeth not to be stronge:
to fedynge, it helpeth not to be wyse, so riches, it helpeth not to be suttell:
to be had in fauoure, it helpeth not to be connyng: but that all lyeth in tyme
12 For a man knoweth not hys tyme, but lyke as the fyshe are taken with the
angle, and as the byrdes are catched with the snare: Euen so are men taken in
the perlous tyme, when it commeth sodenly vpon them.
13 Thys wysdome haue I sene also vnder the Sunne, & me thought it a greate
14 There was a lytle citie, & a fewe men within it: so there came a greate
kyng and beseged it, and made greate bulwarkes agaynst it.
15 And in şe citie there was founde a poore man, (but he was wyse) which with
hys wysdome delyuered the citye: yet was there no body, that had eny respect
vnto soch a simple man.
16 Then sayde I: wysdome is better then strength. Neuertheles, a symple mans
wysdome is despised, & hys wordes are not herde.
17 A wyse mans councell that is folowed in sylence, is farre aboue the cryenge
of a captayne amonge fooles.
18 For wysdome is better then harnesse: but one vnthryst alone destroyeth moch
A Deed flye doth corrupt swete oyntement & maketh it to stynk: Euen so oft
tymes he that is made for wysdome & honour, is abhorred because of a lytle
2 A wyse mans herte is vpon şe ryght hande, but a fooles herte vpon şe left.
3 A foole will shewe him self when he goeth by şe way, yet thinkethe he şt
euery man doth as foolyshly as him selfe.
4 If a principal sprete be geuen şe to beare rule, be not necgligent then in
thine office: for he şt can take cure of him selfe, auoydeth great offences.
5 Another plage is there, which I haue sene vnder the sonne: namely, şe
ignoraunce şt is commenly amonge princes:
6 in that a foole sytteth in greate dignite, & the rych are sett downe
7 I haue sene seruauntes ryde vpon horses, and princes goyng vpon their fete as
it were seruauntes.
8 But he şt dyggeth vp a pyt, shal fall therin him selfe: and who so breaketh
downe the hedge, a serpent shall byte hym.
9 Who so remoueth stones, shall haue trauayle withall: & he şt heweth wood,
shalbe hurt therwith.
10 When an yron is blont, and the poynt not sharpened, it must be whet agayne,
and şt wt myght: Euen so doth wysdome folowe diligence.
11 A babler of hys tonge is no better, then a serpent that styngeth wythout
12 The wordes out of a wyse mans mouth are gracious, but the lyppes of a foole
wyll destroye him selfe.
13 The beginnyng of his talkynge is foolyshnes, & the last worde of his
mouth is starke madnesse.
14 A foole is full of wordes, & a man cannot tell what shall come to passe:
who wyll then warne him of it that shall folow after him?
15 The laboure of the folysh is greuous vnto them, whyle they knowe not howe to
go into the citye.
16 Wo be vnto the (O thou lande) whose kynge is but a child, and whose princes
are early at their banckettes.
17 But well is the (O thou lande) whose kynge is come of nobles, & whose
princes eate in due season, for necessyte & not for lust.
18 Thorow slouthfulnesse the balckes fall downe, & thorow ydle handes it
rayneth in at the house.
19 Meat maketh men to laugh, and wyne maketh them mery: but vnto money are all
20 Wish şe kyng no euell in thy thought & speake no hurte of the ryche in
thy preuy chambre: for a byrd of the ayre shall betraye thy voyce, and with hir
fethers shal she bewraye thy wordes.
Lay thy brede vpon weate faces, & so shalt thou fynde after many dayes.
2 Geue parte .vii. dayes, and also vpon the eyght, for şu knowest not what
misery shall come vpon earth.
3 When şe cloudes are full, they powre out rayne vpon the earth. And when the
tre falleth (whether it be toward şe South or North) in what place soeuer it
fall, there it lyeth.
4 He that regardeth the winde, shall not sowe and he that hath respecte vnto the
cloudes, shal not reape.
5 Now lyke as şu knowest not the waye of şe spirite howe he entred into şe
body beinge yet in a mothers wombe: Euen so şu knowest not the worckes of God,
whych is the worckemaster of all.
6 Cease not thou therfore with thy handes to sowe thy sede, whether it be in the
morninge or in the euenynge: for thou knowest not whether this or that shal
prospere, and yf they both take, it is şe better.
7 The lyght is swete, & a pleasaunt thynge is it for the eyes to loke vpon
8 If a man lyue many yeares, and be glad in them all, let him remembre the dayes
of darckenesse, whych shalbe many: and that foloweth, all thinges shall be but
9 Be glad then (O thou yonge man) in thy youth, and let thyne hert be mery in
thy yong dayes, folowe şe wayes of thyne awne herte, & the lust of thine
eyes but be thou sure, that God shall brynge the into iudgement for all these
10 (12:1a) Put a waye displeasure out of thyne herte, & remoue euell from
thy body: for chyldehode & youth is but vanyte.
(12:1b) Remembre thy maker the soner in thy youth, or euer the dayes of
aduersytie come & or şe yeares drawe nye, when şu shalt saye: I haue not
pleasure in them:
2 before şe sunne the lyght, şe moone & starres be darckned, & or the
cloudes turne agayne after şe rayne,
3 when the kepers of şe house shall tremble, & when şe stronge men shall
bowe them selues: when şe myllers stande styll, because they be so fewe, &
when şe syght of şe wyndowes shall waxedymme,
4 when the dores in the stretes shalbe shutt, and when the voyce of the myller
shalbe layed downe: when men shall ryse vp at the voyce of the byrde, and when
all şe daughters of musyke shalbe brought lowe:
5 when men shall feare in hye places, and be afrayed in the stretes: when the
Almonde tree shall florishe and be laden with the greshopper, and when all lust
shall passe (because man goeth to his longe home, and the mourners go aboute the
6 Or euer the syluer lace be taken awaye, and or the golden well be broken. Or
the pot be broken at the well, and the whele vpon the cysterne:
7 Then shall the dust be turned agayne vnto earth from whence it came, and the
sprete shall returne vnto God, which gaue it.
8 All is but vanite (sayth the Preacher) all is but playne vanyte.
9 The Preacher was yet more wyse, and taught the people knowledge: he gaue good
hede, sought out the grounde, and set forth many parables.
10 Hys diligence was to fynde out acceptable wordes, ryght scripture, and the
wordes of trueth.
11 For the wordes of şe wyse are lyke pryckes and nayles that goo thorow,
wherwith şe stuffe gathered is holden vp: for they are geuen of one shepherde
12 Therfore beware (my sonne) of that doctrine that is besyde thys: for to make
many bokes it is an endles worke: and to loude cryinge weryeth the bodye.
13 Let vs heare the conclusyon of all thynges: Feare God, and kepe hys
commaundementes: For that toucheth all men.
14 For God shall iudge all worckes and secrete thynges, whether they be good or