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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Every thynge hath a tyme, yea all that is vnder the heauen, hath his conuenient
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?
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
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
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.
(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.
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
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
5 More ouer, he seith not the Sunne, and knoweth of no rest neyther here ner
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.
(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
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
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
16 (7:17) Therefore be thou nether to rightuous ner ouer wyse, that thou perysh
17 (7:18) be nether to vnrightuous also ner to folyshe, lest thou dye before thy
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
20 (7:21) for there is not one iuste vpon earth, that doth good, and synneth
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
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
29 (7:30) Lo thys onely haue I founde, that God made man iust and right, but
they seke dyuerse soteltyes,
(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
2 Kepe the kynges commaundemente (I warne the) and the othe that thou haste made
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Sende thy vyttuayls ouer the waters, and so shalt thou finde them after many
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
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
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
10 (12:1) Pvt awaye displeasure oute of thine hert, & remoue euel from thy
body: for childhode & youth is but vanitie.
(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
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.