The wordes of the preacher ye sonne of Dauid kyng of Hierusalem.
2 All is but most vayne vanitie saith the preacher, & all is most vayne [I
say] and but playne vanitie.
3 For what els hath a man of all the labour that he taketh vnder the sunne?
4 One generation passeth away, another commeth: but the earth abideth styll.
5 The sunne aryseth, the sunne goeth downe, and returneth to his place, that he
may there ryse vp agayne.
6 The wynde goeth towarde the south and turneth vnto the north, fetcheth his
compasse, whirleth about, and goeth foorth, and returneth agayne to his
circuites from whence he dyd come.
7 All fluddes runne into the sea, and yet is the sea it selfe not fylled: For
loke vnto what place the waters runne, thence they come to flowe agayne.
8 All thinges are so harde to be knowen, that no man can expresse them: The eye
is not satisfied with sight, the eare is not fylled with hearyng.
9 The thyng that hath ben, commeth to passe agayne, and the thyng that hath ben
done, shalbe done agayne: There is no newe thyng vnder the sunne.
10 Is there any thyng wherof it may be sayde, lo this is newe? for it was long
ago in the tymes that haue ben before vs.
11 The thyng that is past is out of remembraunce: euen so the thynges that are
for to come, shal no more be thought vpon among them that come after.
12 I my selfe the preacher was kyng of
13 And dyd applie my mynde to seke out & searche for knowledge of all
thynges that are done vnder heauen: Such trauayle and labour hath God geuen vnto
the children of men, to exercise them selues therin.
14 Thus haue I considered all these thynges that come to passe vnder the sunne:
and lo, they are all but vanitie and vexation of mynde.
15 The croked can not be made straight, nor the imperfection of thynges can be
16 I communed with myne owne heart, saying: lo I am come to great estate, and
haue gotten more wisdome then all they that haue ben before me in Hierusalem.
17 Yea, my heart had great experience of wisdome & knowledge: for thervnto I
applied my mynde, that I myght knowe what were wisdome and vnderstandyng, what
were errour and foolishnesse: and I perceaued that this was also but a vexation
18 For where much wisdome is, there is also great trauayle and disquietnesse:
and the more knowledge a man hath, the more is his care.
1 Then sayde I thus in my heart: Nowe go to, I will take myne ease, and haue
good dayes: But lo, that is vanitie also.
2 Insomuch that I saide vnto the man geuen to laughter, thou art mad: and to
mirth, what doest thou?
3 So I thought in my heart to geue my fleshe vnto wine, and agayne to apply my
mynde vnto wisdome, and to comprehende foolishnesse: vntyll the tyme that among
all the thynges which are vnder the sunne, I myght see what were best for men to
do so long as they liue vnder heauen.
4 I made gorgious faire workes: I builded my houses, and planted vineyardes.
5 I made me orchardes and gardens of pleasure, and planted trees in them of all
maner of fruites.
6 I made pooles of water, to water the greene and fruitfull trees withall.
7 I bought seruauntes and maydens, and had a great housholde: As for cattel and
sheepe, I had more substaunce of them then all they that were before me in
8 I gathered together siluer and golde, and the chiefe treasures of kynges and
landes: I haue prouided me men singgers and women singers, and the delites of
the sonnes of men, as a woman taken captiue, and women taken captiues.
9 And I was greater and in more worship then all my predecessours in Hierusalem:
For wisdome remayned with me.
10 And loke whatsoeuer myne eyes desired, I let them haue it: and wherin soeuer
my heart delited or had any pleasure, I withhelde it not from it: Thus my heart
reioyced in all that I did, and this was my portion of all my trauayle.
11 But when I considered all the workes that my handes had wrought, and all the
labour that I had taken therin: lo all was but vanitie and vexation of mynde,
and nothing of any value vnder the sunne.
12 Then turned I me to consider wisdome, errour, and foolishnesse (for what is
he among men that myght be compared to me the kyng in such workes?)
13 And I sawe that wisdome excelleth foolishnesse, as farre as light doth
14 For a wise man hath his eyes in his head, but the foole goeth in darknesse: I
perceaued also that they both had one ende.
15 Then thought I in my mynde, yf it happen vnto the foole as it doth vnto me,
what needeth me then to labour any more for wisdome? So I confessed within my
heart that this also was but vanitie.
16 For the wise are euer as litle in remembraunce as the foolishe: for the dayes
shall come when all shalbe forgotten: yea the wise man dyeth as well as the
17 Thus began I to be weery of my life, insomuch that I coulde away with nothyng
that is done vnder the sunne: for all was but vanitie and vexation of mynde.
18 Yea I was weery of my labour which I had taken vnder the sunne, because I
shoulde be fayne to leaue them vnto another man that commeth after me:
19 And who knoweth whether he shalbe a wise man or a foole? And yet shall he be
lorde of all my laboures which I with such wisdome haue taken vnder the sunne:
This is also a vayne thyng.
20 So I turned me to refrayne my mynde from all such trauayle as I toke vnder
21 Forsomuch as a man shoulde weery hym selfe with wisdome, with vnderstandyng
and oportunitie, and yet be fayne to leaue his labours vnto another that neuer
sweat for them: This is also a vayne thyng, and great miserie.
22 For what getteth a man of all the labour and trauayle of his mynde that he
taketh vnder the sunne?
23 But heauinesse, sorowe, and disquietnesse all the dayes of his life? Insomuch
that his heart can not rest in the nyght: This is also a vayne thyng.
24 Is it not better then for a man to eate and drynke, and his soule to be mery
in his labour? yea I sawe that this also was a gift of God.
25 For who wyll eate or go more lustyly to his worke then I?
26 And why? God geueth to the man that is good before hym, wisdome,
vnderstandyng, and gladnesse: but vnto the sinner he geueth weerinesse, that he
may gather and heape together the thyng that afterwarde shalbe geuen vnto hym
whom it pleaseth God: This is nowe a vayne thyng, yea a very disquietnesse and
vexation of mynde.
1 Euery thyng hath a tyme, yea all that is vnder the heaue hath his conuenient
2 There is a tyme to be borne, and a tyme to dye: there is a tyme to plant, and
a tyme to plucke vp the thyng that is planted.
3 A tyme to slay, and a tyme to make whole: a tyme to breake downe, and a tyme
to builde vp.
4 A tyme to weepe, and a tyme to laugh: a tyme to mourne, & a tyme to daunce.
5 A tyme to cast away stones, and a tyme to gather stones together: A tyme to
imbrace, and a tyme to refrayne from imbracyng.
6 A tyme to wynne, and a tyme to lose: A tyme to spare, and a tyme to spende.
7 A tyme to cut in peeces, and a tyme to sowe together: A tyme to kepe scilence,
and a tyme to speake.
8 A tyme to loue, and a tyme to hate: A tyme of warre, and a tyme of peace.
9 What hath a man els that doth any thyng, but weerinesse and labour?
10 For as touchyng the trauayle and carefulnesse which God hath geuen vnto men,
I see that he hath geuen it them to be exercised in it.
11 All this hath he ordeyned marueilous goodly, to euery thyng his due tyme: He
hath planted ignoraunce also in the heartes of men, that they shoulde not
comprehende the ground of his workes which he doth from the begynnyng to the
12 So I perceaued that in those thinges there is nothyng better for a man then
to be mery, and to do well as long as he lyueth.
13 For all that a man eateth & drynketh, yea whatsoeuer a man enioyeth of
all his labour: that same is a gyft of God.
14 I considered also that whatsoeuer God doth, it continueth for euer: And that
nothyng can be put vnto it, nor taken from it, & that God doth it to the
intent that men shoulde feare hym.
15 The thyng that hath ben, is nowe: and the thyng that is for to come, hath ben
afore time: for God restoreth againe the thyng that was past.
16 Moreouer, I sawe vnder the sunne vngodlynes in the steade of iudgement, &
iniquitie in steade of righteousnesse.
17 Then thought I in my mynde, God shall separate the ryghteous from the vngodly:
and then shalbe the tyme and iudgement of all counsayles & workes.
18 I communed with myne owne heart also concernyng the children of men, howe God
hath chosen them, and yet letteth them appeare as though they were beastes.
19 For it happeneth vnto men as it doth vnto beastes, euen one condition vnto
them both: as the one dyeth so dyeth the other, yea they haue both one maner of
breath: so that in this a man hath no preeminence aboue a beast, but are all
subdued vnto vanitie.
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 the spirite of man that goeth vpwarde, & the breath of the
beast that goeth downe to the earth?
22 Wherfore I perceaue that there is nothyng better for a man then to be ioyfull
in his labour, for that is his portion: But who wyll bryng hym to see the thyng
that shall come after hym?
1 So I turned me, and considered all the violent wrong that is done vnder the
sunne: and beholde the teares of such as were oppressed, and there was no man to
comfort them, or that woulde deliuer and defende them from the violence of their
2 Wherfore I iudged those that are dead, to be more happy then those that be
3 Yea him that is yet vnborne, to be better at ease then they both: because he
seeth not the miserable workes that are done vnder the sunne.
4 Agayne, I sawe that all trauayle and diligence of labour that euery man taketh
in hande, was done of enuie agaynst his neighbour: This is also a vayne thyng,
and a vexation of mynde.
5 The foole foldeth his handes together, and eateth vp his owne fleshe.
6 One handfull [saith he] is better with rest, then both the handes full with
labour and trauayle of mynde.
7 Moreouer I turned me, and beholde yet another vanitie vnder the sunne.
8 There is one man, no mo but himselfe alone, hauing neither childe nor brother,
yet is there no ende of his carefull trauayle, his eyes can not be satisfied
with riches: [yet saith he not] for whom do I take such trauayle? For whose
pleasure do I thus consume away my life? This is also a vayne and miserable
9 Therfore two are better then one, for they may well enioy the profite of their
labour: For yf one of them fall, his companion helpeth him vp agayne.
10 But wo is him that is alone: for yf he fal, he hath not another to helpe him
11 Agayne, when two sleepe together they are warme: but howe can a body be warme
12 One may be ouercome, but two may make resistaunce: A three folde gable is not
13 A poore chylde beyng wise, is better then an olde kyng that doteth, and can
not beware in tyme to come.
14 Some one commeth out of prison, and is made a kyng: and another which is
borne in the kyngdome, commeth vnto pouertie.
15 And I perceaued that all men lyuyng vnder the sunne, go with the seconde
childe that shall stande vp in the steade of the other.
16 As for the people that haue ben before him, and that come after him, they are
innumerable, and they that come after him shall not reioyce in him: This is also
a vayne thyng, and vexation of mynde.
1 When thou commest into the house of God, kepe thy foote and drawe nye, that
God which is at hande may heare that thou geue not the offerynges of fooles: for
they knowe naught but to do euyll.
2 Be not hastye with thy mouth, and let not thine heart speake any thyng rashly
before God: For God is in heauen, and thou vpon earth, therfore let thy wordes
3 For where much carefulnesse is, there are many dreames: and where many wordes
are, there men may heare fooles.
4 If thou make a vowe vnto God, be not slacke to perfourme it: As for foolish
vowes he hath no pleasure in them: yf thou promise any thyng, pay it.
5 For better is it that thou make no vowe, then that thou shouldest promise and
6 Suffer not thy mouth to cause thy fleshe for to sinne, neither say thou before
the angell that it is thy ignoraunce: for then God wyll be angry at thy voyce,
and destroy all the worke of thyne handes.
7 And why? wheras are many dreames and many wordes, there are also diuers
vanities: but loke that thou feare God.
8 If thou seest the poore to be oppressed, and wrongfully dealt withall, so that
equitie and right of the lawe is wrested in the lande, maruayle not thou at such
a thyng: for he that is higher then the hyghest regardeth, and there be hygher
9 The encrease of the earth vpholdeth all thyng: yea the kyng hym selfe is
maynteyned by husbandry.
10 He that loueth money, wyll neuer be satisfied with money: and he that loueth
riches, shalbe without the fruite therof: This is also a vayne thyng.
11 Wheras much riches 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 his eyes?
12 A labouryng man sleepeth swetely, whether it be litle or much that he eateth:
but the aboundaunce of the riche wyll not suffer him to sleepe.
13 Yet is there a sore plague which I haue seene vnder the sunne [namely] riches
kept to the hurt of him that hath them in possession:
14 For oft tymes they perishe with his great miserie and trouble: and yf he haue
a chylde, it getteth nothyng.
15 Lyke as he came naked out of his mothers wombe, so goeth he thyther agayne,
and caryeth nothyng away with him of all his labour.
16 This is a miserable plague, that he shall go euen as he came away: What
helpeth it him then that he hath laboured in the wynde?
17 All the dayes of his lyfe also he dyd eate in the darke, with great
carefulnesse, sicknesse, and sorowe.
18 Therfore me thinke it a better and a fayrer thyng, a man to eate and drynke,
and to be refresshed of all his labour that he taketh vnder the sunne, all the
dayes of his lyfe which God geueth him: for this is his portion.
19 For vnto whom soeuer God geueth riches, goodes, and power, he geueth it him
to enioy it, to take it for his portion, and to be refresshed of his labour:
this is the gyft of God.
20 For he thinketh not much howe long he shall lyue, forasmuch as God fylleth
his heart with gladnesse.
1 There is yet a plague vnder the sunne, and it is a generall thyng among men:
2 when God geueth a man riches, goodes, and honour, so that he wanteth nothyng
of all that his heart can desire, and yet God geueth him not leaue to enioy the
same, but another man spendeth them: This is a vayne thyng and a miserable
3 If a man beget a hundred children, and lyue many yeres, so that his dayes are
many in number, and yet can not enioy his good, neither be buryed: as for him I
say, that vntymely birth is better then he.
4 For he commeth to naught, & spendeth his tyme in darknesse, and his name
5 Moreouer he seeth not the sunne, and knoweth not of it: and yet hath he more
rest then the other.
6 Yea, though he lyued two thousande yeres, yet hath he no good lyfe: Come not
all to one place?
7 All the labour that a man taketh, is for him selfe, and yet his desire is
neuer fylled after his mynde.
8 For what hath the wise more then the foole? What helpeth it the poore that he
knoweth to walke with fooles before the lyuyng?
9 The cleare sight of the eye, is better then that the soule shoulde walke after
desires of the lust: Howbeit, this is also a vayne thyng, and a disquietnesse of
10 The thyng that hath ben, is named alredy, and knowen that it is euen man him
selfe: neither may he go to lawe with him that is mightier then he.
11 Many thinges there be that encrease vanitie, and what hath a man els?
12 For who knoweth what is good for man liuing in the dayes of his vayne life,
whiche is but a shadowe? Or who wyl tell a man what shall happen after hym vnder
1 A good name is more worth then precious oyntment: & the day of death, is
better the the day of byrth.
2 It is better to go into an house of mourning, then into a banketting house:
For there is the ende of all men, and he that is liuing taketh it to heart.
3 Grauitie is better then to laugh: for when the countenaunce is heauie, the
heart is refourmed.
4 The heart of the wise is in the mourning house: but the heart of the foolishe
is in the house of myrth.
5 It is better to geue eare to the chastening of a wyse man, then to heare the
songue of fooles:
6 For the laughyng of fooles is like the cracking of thornes vnder a pot: and
that is but a vayne thing.
7 The wyse man hateth wrong dealing, and abhorreth the heart that coueteth
8 Better is it to consider the ende of a thing then the beginning: The pacient
of spirite, is better then the hye minded.
9 Be not hastyly angrie in thy minde: for wrath resteth in the bosome of fooles.
10 Say not thou, What is the cause that the dayes of the old time were better
then they that be nowe? for that were no wyse question.
11 Wysdome with inheritaunce is good, yet better is it with them that without
care may beholde the sunne:
12 For wysdome defendeth aswell as money, and the excellent knowledge &
wysdome geueth lyfe vnto hym that hath it in possession.
13 Consider the worke of God, how that no man can make the thing straight,
whiche he maketh crooked.
14 Use well the tyme of prosperitie, and remember the tyme of misfortune: for
God doth so temper the one and the other, that a man can finde nothing els.
15 All thinges haue I considered in the time of my vanitie: that the iust man
perisheth for his righteousnesse sake, & the vngodly liueth in his
16 Therfore be thou neither to righteous nor ouer wyse, that thou perishe not.
17 Be neither to vnrighteous also nor to foolishe, lest thou die before thy
18 It is good for thee to take holde of this, and not to let that go out of thy
hande: For he that feareth God, commeth foorth with them all.
19 Wysdome geueth more courage vnto the wyse, then ten mightie men of the citie.
20 For there is not one iust vpon earth that doth good, and sinneth not.
21 Take no heede vnto euery word that is spoken, lest thou heare thy seruaunt
22 for thyne owne heart knoweth that thou thy self also hast ofttimes spoken
euyll by other men.
23 All these thinges haue I proued in wysdome, for I thought to be wyse, but she
went farther from me then she was before:
24 yea and so deepe, that I might not reache vnto her.
25 I applied my minde also vnto knowledge, and to seeke and searche out science,
wysdome, and vnderstanding, to knowe the foolishnesse of the vngodly, and the
errour of doting fooles.
26 And I founde that a woman is bitterer then death, the whiche hath cast abrode
her heart as a net that men fishe with, and her handes are chaynes: Who so
pleaseth God shall escape from her, but the sinner wyll be taken with her.
27 Beholde (saith the preacher) this haue I diligently searched out and proued:
One thing must be considered with another, that a man may come by knowledge,
28 which as yet I seeke, and finde it not. Among a thousande men I haue founde
one: but not one woman among all.
29 Lo this onlye haue I founde, that God made man iust and right: but they
sought many inuentions.
1 Who is wise? who hath knowledge to make an aunswere? A mans wysdome maketh his
face to shine: but vnshamefastnes putteth it out of fauour.
2 Kepe the kynges commaundement, namely for the oth that thou hast made vnto God
for the same.
3 Be not hastie to go out of his sight, and see thou continue in no euyll thing:
for whatsoeuer it pleaseth hym, that doth he.
4 Like as when a king geueth a charge, his commaundement is mightie: Euen so,
who may say vnto him, what doest thou?
5 Who so kepeth the commaundement, shall feele no harme: but a wyse mans heart
discerneth the tyme and iudgement.
6 For euery thing wyll haue oportunitie and iudgement: and this is the thing
that maketh men full of carefulnesse and sorowe.
7 And why? a man knoweth not what is for to come: for who can tell hym when it
8 Neither is there any man that hath power ouer the spirite to kepe styll the
spirite, nor to haue any power in the tyme of death, nor that can make an ende
of the battayle, neither may vngodlynesse deliuer them that meddle withall.
9 All these thinges haue I considered, and applied my mynde vnto euery worke
that is vnder the sunne, howe one man hath lordship vpon another to his owne
10 For I haue seene often the vngodly brought to their graues, and yet they haue
returned into the citie agayne: and came from the place of holy men, whiche in
the citie were growen out of memorie, as were those also that liued well: This
is also a vayne thing.
11 Because nowe that euyll workes are not hastyly punished, the heart of man
geueth hym selfe ouer vnto wickednesse.
12 Because an euyll person offendeth an hundred tymes, and God deferreth, geuing
hym long life, therefore am I sure that it shall go well with them that feare
God, whiche haue hym before their eyes.
13 Againe, as for the vngodly it shall not be well with him, neither shall he
prolong his dayes: but euen as a shadowe, so shall he be that feareth not God.
14 Yet is there a vanitie vpon earth: There be iust men vnto whom it happeneth
as though they had the workes of the vngodly: Againe, there be vngodly, with
whom it goeth as though they had the workes of the righteous: This haue I called
also a vayne thing.
15 Therfore I commende gladnesse, because a man hath no better thing vnder the
sunne, then to eate and drinke, and to be merie: for that shall he haue of his
labour, al the dayes of his life which God geueth hym vnder the sunne.
16 And so I applied my minde to learne wysdome, and to knowe the trauayle that
is in the worlde, and that of suche a fashion, that I suffred not mine eyes to
sleepe neither day nor night.
17 I vnderstoode of all the workes of God, but it is not possible for a man to
attayne vnto the workes that are done vnder the sunne: and though he bestowe his
labour to seeke them out, yet can he not reach vnto them: yea though a wyse man
would vndertake to know them, yet shall he not finde them.
1 For all these thinges purposed I in my mynde to seeke out: The righteous &
wise, yea & their seruauntes also are in the hand of God, and there is no
man that knoweth eyther loue or hate, but all thinges are before them.
2 It happeneth vnto one as vnto another, it goeth with the righteous as with the
vngodly, with the good and cleane, as with the vncleane, with hym that offereth,
as with him that offereth not: like as it goeth with the vertuous, so goeth it
also with the sinner: as it happeneth vnto the pariured, so happeneth it also to
hym that is afrayde to be forsworne.
3 Among all thinges that come to passe vnder the sunne, this is a miserie, that
it happeneth vnto all alike: This is the cause also that the heartes of men are
full of wickednesse, and madde foolishnesse is in their heartes as long as they
liue, vntyll they dye.
4 And why? as long as a man liueth, he hath an hope: for a quicke dogge [say
they] is better then a dead lion.
5 For they that be liuing knowe that they shall dye: but they that be dead knowe
nothing, neither deserue they any more, for their memoriall is forgotten.
6 Also their loue, and their hatred, and their enuie is nowe perished, neither
haue they any more part in the worlde in all that is done vnder the sunne.
7 Go thou thy way then, eate thy bread with ioy, & drinke thy wine with a
glad heart, for thy workes please god:
8 Let thy garmentes be alwayes white, and let thy head lacke no oyntment.
9 Use thy selfe to liue ioyfully with thy wife whom thou louest all the dayes of
thy life whiche is but vayne, that God geueth thee vnder the sunne all the dayes
of thy vanitie: for that is thy portion in this life of al thy labour and
trauayle that thou takest vnder the sunne.
10 Whatsoeuer thou takest in hande to do, that do with al thy power: for in the
graue that thou goest vnto, there is neither worke, counsayle, knowledge, nor
11 So I turned me vnto other thinges vnder the sunne, & I sawe that in
running it helpeth not to be swift, in battell it helpeth not to be strong, to
feeding it helpeth not to be wyse, to riches it helpeth not to be a man of muche
vnderstanding, to be had in fauour it helpeth not to be cunning: but that all
lieth in tyme and fortune.
12 For a man knoweth not his tyme: but like as the fishes are taken with the
angle, and as the byrdes are caught with the snare: euen so are men taken in the
perillous time, when it commeth sodaynly vpon them.
13 This wysdome haue I seene also vnder the sunne, and me thought it a great
14 There was a litle citie and a few men within it: so there came a great kyng
and besieged it, and made great bulwarkes against it.
15 And in the citie there was founde a poore man, but he was wyse, whiche with
his wysdome deliuered the citie, yet was there no body that had any respect to
such a simple man.
16 Then sayd I, wysdome is better then strength: Neuerthelesse, a simple mans
wysdome is despised, and his wordes are not hearde.
17 A wyse mans counsayle that is folowed in scilence, is farre aboue the crying
of a captaine among fooles.
18 For wysdome is better then harnesse: but one sinner alone destroyeth muche
1 A dead flye doth corrupt sweete oyntment, and maketh it to stinke: Euen so oft
tymes he that hath ben had in estimation for wysdome and honour, is abhorred
because of a litle foolishnesse.
2 A wyse mans heart is vpon his right hande, but a fooles heart vpon his left.
3 A foole wyll shewe him selfe when he goeth by the way, yet thinketh he that
euery man doth as foolishly as him self.
4 If a principall spirite be geuen thee to beare rule, be not negligent then in
thine office: for he that can take cure of him selfe, auoydeth great offences.
5 Another plague is there whiche I haue seene vnder the sunne, namely, the
ignoraunce that is commonly among princes: in that a foole sitteth in great
dignitie, and the riche are set downe beneath.
6 in that a foole sitteth in great dignitie, and the riche are set downe
7 I haue seene seruauntes ride vpon horses, and princes goyng vpon their feete
as it were seruauntes.
8 But he that diggeth vp a pitte, shall fall therin hym selfe: and who so
breaketh downe the hedge, a serpent shall byte hym.
9 Who so remoueth stones, shall haue trauayle withall: and he that heweth wood,
shalbe hurt therwith.
10 When an iron is blunt and the poynt not sharpened, it must be whet agayne,
and that with might: Euen so doth wisdome folowe diligence.
11 A backbiter is no better then a serpent that stingeth without hissing.
12 The wordes out of a wyse mans mouth are gratious: but the lippes of a foole
wyll destroy him selfe.
13 The beginning of his talking is foolishnesse: & the last worde of his
mouth is starke madnesse.
14 A foole is full of wordes, and a man can not tell what shall come to passe:
who wyll then warne hym of it that shall folowe after hym?
15 The labour of the foolishe is greeuous vnto them, whyle they know not howe to
go into the citie.
16 Wo be vnto thee O thou lande, whose kyng is but a chylde, and whose princes
are early at their bankettes.
17 But well is thee O thou lande, whose kyng is come of nobles, and whose
princes eate in due season for necessitie, and not for lust.
18 Thorowe slouthfulnesse the balkes fall downe, and thorowe idle handes it
rayneth in at the house.
19 Meate maketh men to laugh, and wine maketh them merie: but vnto money are all
20 Wishe the king no euil in thy thought, and speake no hurt of the riche in thy
priuie chaumber: for a byrde of the ayre shall betray thy voyce, and with her
fethers shall she bewray thy wordes.
1 Lay thy bread vpon wette faces, and so shalt thou finde it after many dayes.
2 Geue part seue days, & also vpon the eyght: for thou knowest not what
miserie shall come vpon earth.
3 When the cloudes are full, they powre out raine vpon the earth. And when the
tree falleth, whether it be towarde the south or north, in what place soeuer it
fall, there it lieth.
4 He that regardeth the winde, shall not sowe: and he that hath respect vnto the
cloudes, shall not reape.
5 Nowe like as thou knowest not the way of the spirite, nor howe the bones do
growe in the wombe of her that is with chylde: Euen so thou knowest not the
workes of God, which is the workmaster of all.
6 Ceasse not thou therefore with thy handes to sowe thy seede, whether it be in
the morning or in the euening: for thou knowest not whether this or that shall
prosper, and if they both take, it is the better.
7 The light is sweete, and a pleasaunt thing is it for the eyes to looke vpon
8 If a man lyue many yeres, and be glad in them all, let hym remember the dayes
of darknesse whiche shalbe manye, and that foloweth: Al thinges shalbe but
9 Be glad then (O thou young man) in thy youth, and let thy heart be merie in
thy young dayes, folowe the wayes of thyne owne heart, and the lust of thyne
eyes, but be thou sure that God shall bryng thee into iudgement for all these
10 Put away displeasure out of thine heart, and remoue euill from thy body: for
chyldhood and youth is but vanitie.
1 Remember thy maker the sooner in thy youth, or euer the dayes of aduersitie
come, and or the yeres drawe nye when thou shalt say, I haue not pleasure in
2 Before the sunne, the light, the moone, and starres be darkened, and or the
cloudes turne agayne after the rayne:
3 When the kepers of the house shall tremble, and when the strong men shall bowe
them selues, when the milners stand styll because they be so fewe, and when the
sight of the windowes shall waxe dimme:
4 When the doores in the streetes shalbe shut, and when the voyce of the milner
shalbe layde downe, when men shall ryse vp at the voyce of the byrde, and when
all the daughters of musicke shalbe brought lowe:
5 When men shall feare in hye places, and be afraide in the streetes, when the
Almonde tree shall florishe and be laden with the grashopper, and when all lust
shal passe: because man goeth to his long home, and the mourners go about the
6 Or euer the siluer lace be taken away, and or the golden well be broken: Or
the pot be broken at the well, and the wheele broken vpon the cesterne.
7 Then shall the dust be turned agayne vnto earth from whence it came, and the
spirite shall returne vnto God who gaue it.
8 All is but vanitie (saith the preacher) all is but playne vanitie.
9 The preacher was yet more wyse, and taught the people knowledge, he gaue good
heede, sought out the ground, and set foorth many parables:
10 His diligence was to finde out acceptable wordes, right scripture, & the
wordes of trueth.
11 For the wordes of the wyse are like prickes and nayles that go thorowe, of
the auctoures of gatheringes [which] are geuen of one shephearde.
12 Therefore beware my sonne of that doctrine that is beside this: for to make
many bookes, it is an endlesse worke, and to muche studie weerieth the body.
13 Let vs heare the conclusion of all thinges, Feare God, and kepe his
commaundementes: for that toucheth all men.
14 For God shall iudge all workes and secrete thinges, whether they be good or