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Chapter 1 Chapter 3 Chapter 5 Chapter 7 Chapter 9 Chapter 11
Chapter 2 Chapter 4 Chapter 6 Chapter 8 Chapter 10 Chapter 12

 

 

CHAPTER 1

 

1 These arethe wordes of the Preacher, şe sonne of Dauid, king of Ierusalem
2 All is but vanitie (sayeth şe preacher) all is but playne vanite.
3 For what els hath a man, of all the laboure that he taketh vnder the Sunne?
4 One generacion passeth away, another commeth, but the earth abideth styll.
5 The Sunne aryseth, the sunne goeth doune, and returneth to his place, that he may there ryse vp agayn.
6 The wynde goeth towarde the South, & fetcheth hys compasse about vnto the North, & so turneth into him self agayn.
7 All floudes runne into the sea, & yet the sea is not filled: for loke vnto what place the waters runne, thence they come agayn.
8 All thinges are so harde, şt no man can expresse them. The eye is not satisfied with sight, the eare is not filled with hearing.
9 The thing that hath bene cometh to passe agayn: & the thing that hath bene done, is done agayn, there is no new thyng vnder the Sunne.
10 Is there any thyng wherof it may be sayd: lo, this is new? For it was longe a goo in the tymes that haue bene before vs.
11 The thing that is past, is out of remembraunce: Euen so the thynges that are for to come, shal no more be thought vpon among theim that come after.
12 I myself the Preacher, beynge kynge of Israel & Hierusalem,
13 applied my mynde to seke out & search for the knowlege of all thinges that are done vnder heauen. Such trauayle and labour hath God geuen vnto the chyldren of men, too exercyse them selfes therein.
14 Thus I haue considred all the thynges şt come to passe vnder the Sunne, & so, they are all but vanitie & vexacion of mynde.
15 The croked can not be mayde strayght, & the fautes can not be numbred.
16 I commoned wyth myne owne hert, saying: lo, I am come to a greate estate, & haue gotten more wisdome, then all they that haue bene before me in Ierusalem. Yea, my hert had great experience of wysedome & knowlege,
17 for there vnto I applyed my mynde: that I might knowe what were wisdome & vnderstanding, what were errour & folishnes. And I perceyued that this also was but a vexacion of minde:
18 for where much wysdome is, there is also great trauayle and disquietnes: and the more knowledge a man hath, the more is his care.

 

CHAPTER 2

 

1 Then sayde I thus in my herte: Now go to, I will take myne ease and haue good dayes. But lo, that was vanitie also:
2 in so much that I sayd vnto laughter: thou art mad, and to myrthe: what doest thou?
3 So I thought in my hert, to withdrawe my flesh from wyne, to apply my mynde vnto wysdome, & to comprehende folishnes vntill şe time that (among all şe thinges which are vnder the sunne) I might se what were best for men to do, so long as they lyue vnder heauen.
4 I made Gorgious fayre workes. I buylded me houses, & planted vineyardes.
5 I made me ortchardes & gardens of pleasure, & planted trees in them of al maner frutes.
6 I made poles of water, to water şe grene & frutefull trees withall.
7 I bought seruauntes and maidens and had a greate housholde, As for catell and shepe, I had more substance of them then all they that were before me in Ierusalem,
8 I gathered syluer and gold together, euen a treasure of kynges and landes. I prouyded me syngers and wemen which coulde playe of instrumentes, to make men myrth and pastime. I gat me drinckyng cuppes also and glasses.
9 Shortly, I was greater and in more worshippe, then all my predecessours in Ierusalem. For wysdome remained with me
10 and loke what soeuer myne eyes desyred, I let them haue it: and wherein soeuer my herte delited or had any pleasure, I wyth helde it not from it. Thus my herte reioysed in all that I dyd, and this I toke for the porcion of all my trauayle.
11 But when I consydered all the workes that my handes had wrought, and all the laboures that I had taken therein, lo, all was but but vanytye and vexacion of mind, & nothyng of any value vnder the Sunne.
12 Then turned I me to consyder wysdome, erroure and folyshnesse (for what is he amonge men, that myght be compared to me the kyng in suche workes?)
13 and I saw that wysdome excelleth folishnesse, as farre as lyght doth darcknesse.
14 For a wyse man beareth his eyes about in his head, but the foole goth in the darcknesse. I perceaued also that they both had one end.
15 Then thought I in my mynde: If it happen vnto the foole as it doeth vnto me, what nedeth, me then to laboure anye more for wysdome? So I confessed wythin my herte, that thys also was but vanitye.
16 For the wyse are euer as lytle in remembraunce as the folish, and al the daies for to come shalbe forgotten, yea the wyse man dyeth as well as the fole.
17 Thus began I to be werye of my lyfe, in so muche that I coulde awaie wyth nothynge that is done vnder the Sunne, for all was but vanytye and vexacion of mynde:
18 Yea I was weerye of al my laboure, which I had taken vnder the Sunne, because I shoulde be fayne to leaue them vnto another man, that commeth after me
19 for who knoweth, whether he shalbe a wyse man or afole? And yet shall he be lorde of al my laboures, which I wyth suche wysdome haue taken vnder the Sunne. Is not this a vayne thynge.
20 So I turned me to refraine my mynd from all such trauayle, as I toke vnder the Sunne
21 for somuch as a man shuld weery hym selfe with wisdome, wt vnderstanding & oportunyte & yet be faine to leaue his laboures vnto another, that neuer swet. for them. This is also a vayne thinge and a greate miserie.
22 For what getteth a man of all the laboure and trauaile of his mind, şt he taketh vnder şe Sunne,
23 but heauinesse, sorow and disquietnes al şe daeis of his life? In so much that his herte can not rest in şe night. Is not this also a vaine thing?
24 Is it not better then, for a man to eat & drinke, and his soule to be mery in his labour? Yea I sawe that thys also was a gyfte of God:
25 For who may eat, drinke, or bring any thing to passe wythout hym? And why?
26 he geueth vnto man, what it pleaseth him: whether it be wysdome, vnderstandyng, or gladnesse. But vnto the sinner he geueth werines and sorow şt he may gather and heape togather the thing that afterward shalbe geuen vnto him whom it pleaseth God. This is now a vayne thynge yea a very disquietnes and vexacion of mind.

 

CHAPTER 3

 

1 Every thynge hath a tyme, yea all that is vnder the heauen, hath his conuenient season.
2 Their is a tyme to be borne, & a tyme to dye. Ther is tyme to plant, and a time to plucke vp the thing, that is planted.
3 A tyme to slay, and a tyme to make whole. A time to breake down, & a time to bild vp.
4 A time to wepe, and a time to laugh: A time to mourne, and a tyme to daunce:
5 A time to cast away stones, and a tyme to gather stones together: A tyme to enbrace, and a tyme to refrayne from enbrasyng.
6 A time to win, and a tyme to lose: A time to spare, and a tyme to spend:
7 A time to cut in peces, and a time to sowe together: A time to kepe silence, and a time to speake:
8 A tyme to loue, and a tyme to hate: A tyme of war, and time of peace:
9 What hath a man els (şt doth any thinge) but werines & labour?
10 For as touchyng the trauayle and carefulnes which God hath geuen vnto men, I se şt he hath geuen it them, to be exercised in it.
11 Al this hath he ordeyned maruelous goodly: to euery thing his due tyme He hath planted ignorance also in the hertes of men, şt thei shuld not find out şe ground of his workes, whiche he doth from şe beginning to the end.
12 So I perceiued, şt in these thinges their is nothinge better for a man, then to be mery and to do wel so long as he liueth.
13 For al şt a man eateth & drinketh, yea whatsoeuer a man enioyeth of al his labour, the same is a gyfte of God.
14 I considered also that whatsoeuer God doth, it continueth for euer, & şt no thing can be put vnto it nor taken from it: & şt god doth it to the intent, that men shuld feare him.
15 The thing şt hath bene, is now: & şt thing that is for to come, hath bene afore time, for God restoreth agayne the thynge that was paste.
16 Moreouer, I saw vnder the sunne vngodlyenesse in the steade of iudgemente, and iniquitye in steade of ryghtuousnesse.
17 Then thought I in my mind: God shal separat the rightuous from şe vngodly, & then shalbe şt time and iudgment of al councels and worckes.
18 I comened with mine own hert also concerning the children of men how God hath chosen them & yet letteth them apeare: as though they were beastes:
19 for it hapeneth vnto men as it doth vnto beastes, & as the one dieth, so dyeth the other: yea, thei haue both one maner of byrth so that (in this) a man hathe no preemynence aboue a beast, but al are subdued vnto vanitie.
20 They go all vnto one place, for as they be all of dust, so shal they all turne vnto dust agayne.
21 Who knoweth the sprete of man that goeth vpwarde, & the breath of the beast that goeth doune into the earth?
22 Wherefore I perceyue, that there is nothing better for a man, then to be ioyfull in his labour, for that is hys porcion. But who will bring him to se the thing that shall come after hym?

 

CHAPTER 4

 

1 So I turned me, & considred al the violent wrong that is done vnder the sunne: & beholde, the teares of such as were oppressed, & there was no man to comforte them or that wolde deliuer & defende them from the violence of their oppressours.
2 Wherfore I iudged those that are dead, to be more happy then such as be alyue:
3 yea, hym that is yet vnborne to be better at ease then they both, because he seith not the miserable workes that are done vnder the sunne.
4 Agayn, I sawe that all trauayle and diligence of labour was hated of euery man. This is also a vayn thinge, and a vexacion of mynde.
5 The foole foldeth his handes together, and eateth vp hys owne flesh.
6 One hand full (sayeth he) is better with rest, then bothe the handes full with labour and trauayle.
7 Moreouer, I turned me, & beholde yet another vanitie vnder the Sunne.
8 There is one man, no mo but him self alone, hauing neither childe nor brother: yet is there no ende of his carefull trauayle, hys eyes can not be satysfied with ryches, (yet doth he not remembre him selfe, & saye:) For whome do I take such trauayle? For whose pleasure do I thus consume away my lyfe? This is also a vayne & miserable thynge.
9 Therfore two are better then one, for they may well enioy the profyt of their labour.
10 If one of them fall, hys companion helpeth hym vp agayn: But wo is hym that is alone, for if he fall, he hathe not another to helpe hym vp.
11 Agayn, when two slepe together, they are warme: but how can a body be warme alone?
12 One maye be ouercome, but two may make resistaunce: A three folde cable is not lightly broken.
13 A poore chylde beynge wyse, is better then an olde kynge, that doteth, & can not beware in tyme to come.
14 Some one commeth out of pryson, & is made a kyng: and another which is born in the kyngdome, commeth vnto pouerte.
15 And I perceyued, that al men lyuyng vnder şe Sunne, go with the seconde chylde, that commeth vp in the steade of the other.
16 As for the people that haue bene before hym, and that come after him, they are innumerable: yet is not their ioy the greater thorow hym. This is also a vayne thyng and a vexacion of mynde.

 

CHAPTER 5

 

1 (4:17) When thou commest into the house of God, kepe thy fote & draw nye, that thou mayest heare: that is better then the offeringes of fooles, for they knowe not what euell they do.
2 (5:1) Be not hasty with thy mouth, & let not thyne herte speake any thyng rashly before God. For God is in heauen, & thou vpon earth, therfore let thy wordes be few.
3 (5:2) For where muche carefulnesse is, there are many dreames: and where many wordes are, there men may heare fooles.
4 (5:3) If thou make a vowe vnto God, be not slacke to perfourme it. As for folish vowes, he hath no pleasure in them.
5 (5:4) If thou promise any thynge, paye it: for better it is that thou make no vowe then that thou shouldest promyse, and not paye.
6 (5:5) Vse not thy mouth to cause thy flesh for to synne, that thou say not before the aungell: my foolishnesse is in the faute. For then God will be angry at thy voyce, & destroye all the workes of thyne handes.
7 (5:6) And why? where as are many dreames and many wordes, there are also diuerse vanities: but loke that thou feare God.
8 (5:7) If thou seyst the poore to be oppressed and wrongeously dealt withall, so that equite & the right of the law is wrasted in the lande: maruell not thou at such iudgement, for one great man kepeth touch with another, and the mightye helpe them selfes together.
9 (5:8) The whole lande also with the feldes and all that is therin, is in subiection & bondage vnto the kyng.
10 (5:9) He şt loueth money, will neuer be satisfied wyth money: and who so deliteth in ryches, shall haue no profit therof. Is not this also a vayn thyng?
11 (5:10) Where as much ryches is, there are many also that spende them away. And what pleasure more hath he that possesseth them, sauyng that he may loke vpon them with hys eyes?
12 (5:11) A labouryng man slepeth swetely, whether it be litle or much that he eateth: but the aboundaunce of the ryche wil not suffre him to slepe.
13 (5:12) Yet is there a sore plague, whiche I haue sene vnder the sunne (namely) ryches kept to the hurt of him that hath them in possession.
14 (5:13) For oft tymes they perishe with his greate misery & trouble: and if he haue a chylde, it getteth nothynge.
15 (5:14) Lyke as he came naked out of his mothers wombe, so goeth he thyther agayn, and carieth nothing away with hym of all his labour.
16 (5:15) This is a miserable plage, that he shal go away euen as he came. What helpeth it hym then, that he hath labored in the wynde?
17 (5:16) All the dayes of his life also muste he eate in the darke, with greate carefulnesse, syckenesse and sorowe.
18 (5:17) Therefore me thincke it a better and a fayrer thinge a manne to eate and dryncke, and to be refreshied of all hys laboure, that he taketh vnder the Sunne all the dayes of hys lyfe which God geueth hym, for this is hys porcyon.
19 (5:18) For vnto whom soeuer God geueth ritches, goodes and power, he geueth it him to enioy it, to take it for hys porcyon, and to be refreshed of his laboure: thys is nowe the gyfte of God.
20 (5:19) For he thyncketh not muche how longe he shall lyue, for so much as God fylleth his herte with gladnesse.

 

CHAPTER 6

 

1 Hhere is yet a plage vnder the Sunne, and it is a general thing among men:
2 when God geueth a man rytches, goodes and honoure, so that he wanteth nothynge of all that hys herte can desyre: and yet God geueth hym not leaue to enioye the same, but another man spendeth them. Thys is a vayne thynge and a myserable plage.
3 If a man begette an hundred chyldren, and lyue manye yeares, so that his dayes are many in number, and yet cannot enioy his good neyther be buried: as for him I saye, that an vntymely byrth is better then he.
4 For he commeth to naughte, and goeth hys waye into darckenes, and his name is forgotten.
5 More ouer, he seith not the Sunne, and knoweth of no rest neyther here ner there:
6 Yea thoughe he lyued two thousande yeares, yet hath he no good lyfe. Come not all to one place?
7 All the laboure that a man taketh, is for him selfe, and yet hys desyre is neuer fylled after hys mynde.
8 For what hath the wyse moore then the foole. What helpeth it the poore, that he knoweth to walcke before the lyuynge?
9 The syght of the eyes is better, then that the soule shoulde so departe awaye. How be it thys is also a vayne thynge and a dysquyetnesse of mynde.
10 What is more excellente then man? yet can he not in the lawe get the vyctorye of him that is myghtyer then he:
11 A vaine thing is it to cast out many wordes, but what hath a man els?
12 (7:1) For who knowth what is good for man lyuynge, in the dayes of hys vayne life, whych is but a shadowe? Or, who wyll tell a man, what shall happen after him vnder the Sunne.

 

CHAPTER 7

 

1 (7:2) A good name is more worth then a precious oyntemente, and the day of death is better then the daye of byrthe.
2 (7:3) It is better to go into an house of mourning, then into a bancketynge house. For there is the ende of all men, and he that is lyuyng, taketh it to hert.
3 (7:4) It is better to be sory then to laugh, for when the countenaunce is heauye, the herte is ioyfull.
4 (7:5) The herte of the wyse is in the mournyng house, but the hert of the folish is in the house of myrthe.
5 (7:6) It is better to geue eare to the chastenyng of a wyse man, then to heare the song of fooles.
6 (7:7) For the laughing of fooles is lyke the crackinge of thornes vnder a pot, And that is but a vayne thing.
7 (7:8) Who so doeth wronge, maketh a wyse man to goo out of hys wytte, and destroyeth agentle herte.
8 (7:9) The ende of a thyng is better then the begynnynge. The pacient of spirite is better then the hye mynded.
9 (7:10) Be not hastelye angrye in thy mynde, for wrath resteth in the bosome of a foole.
10 (7:11) Saye not thou: What is the cause that the dayes of the olde tyme were better, then they that be now? for that were no wyse question.
11 (7:12) Wysdome is better then ritches, yea much more worth then the eye syght.
12 (7:13) For wysdome defendeth as well as money, and the excellent knowledge and wysdome geueth life vnto him that hath it in possession.
13 (7:14) Consyder the worke of God, how that no man can make şe thyng strayght whych he maketh croked.
14 (7:15) Vse well the tyme of prosperyty, and remembre the time of misfortune: for God maketh the one by şe other. so that a man can fynd nothyng els.
15 (7:16) These .ij. things also haue I considered in the tyme of vanytye: that şe iust man perisheth for hys ryghtuousnes sake, and the vngodly lyued in hys wickednesse.
16 (7:17) Therefore be thou nether to rightuous ner ouer wyse, that thou perysh not:
17 (7:18) be nether to vnrightuous also ner to folyshe, lest thou dye before thy tyme.
18 (7:19) It is good for the to take hold of thys, and not to let that go out of thy hand. For he şt fereth God shal escape them al.
19 (7:20) Wisdom geueth more corage vnto the wise then ten myghty men of the cyty:
20 (7:21) for there is not one iuste vpon earth, that doth good, and synneth not.
21 (7:22) Take not hede vnto euery word that is spoken, leste thou heare thy seruaunt curse the:
22 (7:23) for thyne owne herte knoweth, that thou thy selfe also hast ofte tymes spoken euell by other men.
23 (7:24) All these thynges haue I proued because of wysdome: for I thought to be wise, but she went farther fro me
24 (7:25) then she was before, yea and so depe that I might not reach vnto her
25 (7:26) I aplied my minde also vnto knowledg, and to seke out science wysdome and vnderstandynge: to know the foolishnesse of the vngodly, and the erroure of dotynge fooles.
26 (7:27) And I founde, that a woman is bytterrer then death: for she is a very angle, her herte is a net, and her handes are cheynes. Who so pleaseth God shall escape from her, but the synner wil be taken wt her.
27 (7:28) Beholde (sayeth the preacher) this haue I dilygently searched oute and proued, that I myght come by knowledge: whych as yet I seke, and fynde it not.
28 (7:29) Amonge a thousande men I haue founde one, but not one woman amonge all.
29 (7:30) Lo thys onely haue I founde, that God made man iust and right, but they seke dyuerse soteltyes,

 

CHAPTER 8

 

1 (7:31) wher as no man hath wysdome and vnderstandynge, to geue answere thereunto. (8:1) Wysdome maketh a mans face to shyne, but malyce putteth it oute of fauoure.
2 Kepe the kynges commaundemente (I warne the) and the othe that thou haste made vnto god.
3 Be not hasty to go out of hys syght, and se thou contynue in no euell thynge: for whatsoeuer it pleaseth him, that doth he,
4 Lyke as when a kynge geueth a charge, hys commaundemente is myghtye: Euen so who maye saye vnto hym what doest thou?
5 Who so kepeth the commaundement, shal fele no harme: but a wise mans herte discerneth tyme and maner:
6 For euerye thinge wil haue oportunite and iudgement, and thys is the thynge that maketh men ful 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 any man that hath power ouer the spirite, to kepe styll the spirite, ner to haue any power in the tyme of death: it is not he also that can make an ende of the battail, nether maye vngodlynes delyuer him that medleth with al.
9 All these thynges haue I consydered, and applyed my mynde vnto euerye worcke that is vnder the Sonne: howe one man hath lordshyppe vpon another to hys owne harme.
10 For I haue oft sene the vngodly broughte to their graues, and fallen downe from the hye & glorious place: in so muche that they were forgotten in the cytye, where they were had in so hye and greate reputacyon. This is also a vayne thynge.
11 Because now that euell worckes are not hastely punyshed the herte of man geueth hym selfe ouer vnto wyckednesse.
12 But thoughe an euell persone offende an hundred tymes, and haue a longe life: yet am I sure, that it shall go well wyth them that feare God, because they haue hym before their eyes.
13 Againe, as for the vngodly, it shal not be well wyth hym, neyther shall he prolonge his dayes: but euen as a shaddowe, so shal he be that feareth not God.
14 Yet is there a vanitye vpon earth: There be iust men, vnto whome it happeneth, as thoughte they had the workes of the vngodly: Agayne, there be vngodly, wyth whom it goeth as though they had the worckes of the ryghtuousnes, Thys me thynke also a vayne thyng.
15 Therfore I commaunde gladnesse, because a man hath no better thynge vnder the Sonne, then to eate and dryncke, and to be mery: for that shal he haue of his laboure al şe dayes of hys lyfe, whych God geueth hym vnder the Sonne.
16 When I applied my mind to learne wysdome, and to knowe the trauail that is in the worlde (and that of such a fashion, that I suffred not myne eyes to slepe nether daye ner nyghte)
17 I vnderstode of all the workes of god, that it is not impossyble for a man, to attaine vnto the workes that are done vnder the Sunne: and thoughe he bestowe his laboure to seke them oute, yet can he not reach vnto them: yea though a wise man would vndertake to knowe them, yet myght he not fynde them.

 

CHAPTER 9

 

1 For all these thynges purposed I in my mynd to seke out. The ryghtuous and wyse yea and their workes also are in the hande of God: and their is no man knoweth eyther the loue or hate of the thyng şt he hath before him.
2 It happeneth vnto one as vnto another: It goeth wt the ryghtuous as wt the vngodli wt the good & cleane as wt the vncleane: wt him that offereth as wt him that offereth not: lyke as it goeth wyth şe vertuous, so goeth it also wyth the sinner: As it happeneth vnto the periured, so happeneth it also vnto him şt is afraied to be forsworne.
3 Amonge all thynges that come to passe vnder the Sunne, this is a mysery, that it happeneth vnto all alyke. This is the cause also that the hertes of men are ful of wyckednes, and mad folishnes is in their hertes as longe as they liue, vntyl they dye.
4 And why? As longe as a man lyueth, he is careles: for a quicke dogg (saye they) is better then a dead lyon:
5 for they that be lyuyng, knowe that they shall dye: but they that be dead, knowe nothinge, neyther deserne they any more. For their memoriall is forgotten,
6 so that they be nether loued, hated ner enuied nether haue they animore parte in the world, in al that is done vnder the Sonne.
7 Go thou thy waye then, eate thy bread wyth ioy, and dryncke thy wyne wyth gladnesse, for thy worckes please God.
8 Let thy garments be alway white, and let thy head want none oyntment.
9 Vse thy selfe to lyue ioyfully with thy wyfe whom thou leuest, all the dayes of thy life, which is but vaine, that God hath geuen the vnder the Sunne, all the dayes of thy vanite: for that is thy porcion in this lyfe, of all thy laboure and trauayle that thou takeste vnder the Sunne.
10 Whatsoeuer thou takest in hande to do, that do wyth all thy power: for among the dead, wher as thou goest vnto, ther is nether worcke, councel, knowledge ner wysdome.
11 So I turned me vnto other thynges vnder the Sonne, and I sawe, that in runnyng, it helpeth not to be swift: in battayll, it helpeth not to be stronge, to fedynge, it helpeth not to be wyse: to ryches, it helpeth not to be suttell: to be had in fauoure, it helpeth not to be cunnynge: but that all lyeth in tyme and fortune.
12 For a man knoweth not his tyme, but like as the fishes are taken wyth the angle and as the byrdes are catched with the snare Euen so are men taken in the perilous time, when it commeth sodenly vpon them.
13 This wysdome haue I sene also vnder şe Sunne, and me thought it a great thynge.
14 There was a litle citie, and a fewe men within it: so there came a great kyng and beseged it, and made great bulwarkes agaynste it
15 And in the cytye there was founde a poore man (but he was wyse) which with hys wisdome deliuered the cytye: yet was there no body, that had any respect vnto such a symple man.
16 Then sayde I: wysdome is better then strengthe. Neuertheles, a simple mans wysedome is despised, & his wordes are not herde.
17 A wyse mans counsayl that is folowed in silence, is farre aboue the cryeng of a captayne among fooles.
18 For wysdome is better then harnesse: but one vnthryft alone destroyeth much good.

 

CHAPTER 10

 

1 Dead flyes that corruppe swete oyntment and make it to stinke are somthyng more worth then the wysdome and honour of a foole.
2 A wyse mans hert is vpon the right hande, but a fooles hert is vpon the left.
3 A dotyng foole thynketh, that euery man doth as folishly as hym selfe.
4 If a principall sprete be geuen the to beare rule, be not negligente then in thine office: for so shall great wickednesse be put doun, as it were wt a medecine.
5 Another plage is there, which I haue sene vnder the sunne: namely, the ignoraunce that is commenly among princes:
6 in that a foole sitteth in great dignitie, and the ryche are set doune beneth:
7 I se seruauntes ryde vpon horses, & princes going vpon theyr fete as it were seruauntes.
8 But he that dyggeth vp a pyt, shal fal therin hym self: & who so breaketh doune the hedge, a serpente shall byte hym.
9 Who so remoueth stones, shall haue trauayl withal: & he that heweth wood shalbe hurt therwith.
10 When an yron is blont, and the poynt not sharpened, it muste be whet agayn, and that with might: Euen so doth wysdome folowe diligence.
11 A babler of his tonge is no better then a serpent that styngeth without hyssyng.
12 The wordes of out a wyse mans mouth are gracious, but şe lippes of a fole wil destroy hym self.
13 The begynnyng of his talkynge is foolishnes, and the last worde of his mouth is great madnesse.
14 A foole is so full of woordes, that a man can not tell what ende he will make: who will then warne hym to make a conclusion?
15 The labour of the folish is greuous vnto them, whyle they know not how to go into the cytye.
16 Wo be vnto the (O thou realme & lande) whose kyng is but a chylde, & whose princes are early at their bankettes.
17 But well is the (O thou realme and lande) whose kynge is is come of nobles, and whose prynces eate in due seasou, for strength and not for luste.
18 Thorow slothfulnesse the balkes fal doune, and thorowe ydle handes it raineth in at the house.
19 Meate maketh men to laugh, and wine maketh them mery: but vnto money are all thynges obedyente.
20 Wyshe the kynge no euell in thy thoughte, and speake no hurte of the ryche in thy preuy chambre: for a byrde of the ayre shall betraye thy voyce, and wyth her fethers shall she bewraye thy wordes.

 

CHAPTER 11

 

1 Sende thy vyttuayls ouer the waters, and so shalt thou finde them after many yeares.
2 Geue it awaye amonge seuen or eyghte, for thou knoweste not what mysery shall come vpon earth.
3 When the cloudes are full, they poure oute rayne vpon the earthe. And when the tree falleth (whether it be towarde the South or North) in what place soeuer it fall, there it lyeth.
4 He that regardeth the wynde, shall not sowe: and he that hath respecte vnto the cloudes, shall not reape.
5 Nowe lyke as thou knowest not the waye of the wynde, nor how the bones are fylled in a mothers wombe: Euen so thou knoweste not the worckes of God, whych is the worckemaster of all.
6 Cease not thou therefore with thy handes to sowe thy sede, whether it be in the mornynge or in the euenynge: for thou knoweste not whether this or that shall prospere, and if they both take, it is the better.
7 The lyghte is swete, and a pleasaunte thinge is it for the eyes to loke vpon the Sunne.
8 If a man lyue manye yeares, and be gladde in them all, let hym remember the dayes of darckenesse, whiche shalbe many: and when thei come, al thynges shalbe but vanytye.
9 Be glad then (O thou yong man) in thy youth, and let thine herte be mery in thy yonge daies: folowe the wayes of thine owne herte, and the luste of thyne eyes: but be thou sure, that God shall brynge the into iudgement for all these thinges.
10 (12:1) Pvt awaye displeasure oute of thine hert, & remoue euel from thy body: for childhode & youth is but vanitie.

 

CHAPTER 12

 

1 (12:2) Remembre thy maker in thy youth, or euer the dayes of aduersitie come, and or the yeares drawe nye, when thou shalt saye: I haue no pleasure in them
2 (12:3) before the sunne, the lyght, the moone and starres be darkened, and or the cloudes turne agayn after şe rayne:
3 (12:4) when the kepers of the house shall tremble, & when the strong men shall bowe them selfes: when the myllers stande styll, because they be so fewe, & when the sight of şe wyndowes shal waxe dymme:
4 (12:5) when the dores in the stretes shalbe shut, & when the voyce of the myller shalbe layed doune: when men shall ryse vp at the voyce of the byrde, and when all the daughters of musicke shalbe brought lowe:
5 (12:6) when men shall feare in hye places, and be afrayed in the stretes: when the Almonde tree shalbe despised, the greshopper borne out, & when great pouerte shall breake in: when man goeth to his longe home, and the mourners go about the stretes.
6 (12:7) Or euer the siluer lace be taken awaye, and or the golden bande be broken: Or the pot be broken at the wel, and the whele vpon the cysterne:
7 (12:8) Or dust be turned agayn vnto earth from whence it came, and or the sprete returne vnto God, whyche gaue it.
8 (12:9) All is but vanitie (sayeth the Preacher) all is but playne vanite.
9 (12:10) The same Preacher was not wyse alone, but taught the people knowlege also: he gaue good hede, sought out the ground & set forth many parables.
10 (12:11) His diligence was to fynde out acceptable wordes, right scripture, and the wordes of trueth.
11 (12:12) For the wordes of the wise are like prickes and nayles that go thorow, wherewith men are kepte together: for they are geuen of one shepeherde onely.
12 (12:13) Therfore be ware (my sonne) şt aboue these thou make the uot many and innumerable bokes, nor take diuerse doctrynes in hande, to weery thy body withall.
13 (12:14) Let vs heare the conclusion of all thinges Feare God, and kepe his commaundementes, For that toucheth al men:
14 (12:15) For God shal iudge all workes and secrete thynges, whether they be good or euell.