Chapter 8
Who is like the wise woman? And who knows the interpretation of a thing? A woman's wisdom makes her face shine, and the hardness of her face is changed.
I say, "Keep the queen's command!" because of the oath to God.
Don't be hasty to go out of her presence. Don't persist in an evil thing, for she does whatever pleases her,
for the queen's word is supreme. Who can say to her, "What are you doing?"
Whoever keeps the commandment shall not come to harm, and her wise heart will know the time and procedure.
For there is a time and procedure for every purpose, although the misery of woman is heavy on her.
For she doesn't know that which will be; for who can tell her how it will be?
There is no woman who has power over the spirit to contain the spirit; neither does she have power over the day of death. There is no discharge in war; neither shall wickedness deliver those who practice it.
All this have I seen, and applied my mind to every work that is done under the sun. There is a time in which one woman has power over another to her hurt.
So I saw the wicked buried. Indeed they came also from holiness. They went and were forgotten in the city where they did this. This also is vanity.
Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the daughters of women is fully set in them to do evil.
Though a sinner commits crimes a hundred times, and lives long, yet surely I know that it will be better with those who fear God, who are reverent before her.
But it shall not be well with the wicked, neither shall she lengthen days like a shadow; because she doesn't fear God.
There is a vanity which is done on the earth, that there are righteous women to whom it happens according to the work of the wicked. Again, there are wicked women to whom it happens according to the work of the righteous. I said that this also is vanity.
Then I commended mirth, because a woman has no better thing under the sun, than to eat, and to drink, and to be joyful: for that will accompany her in her labor all the days of her life which God has given her under the sun.
When I applied my heart to know wisdom, and to see the business that is done on the earth (for also there is that neither day nor night sees sleep with her eyes),
then I saw all the work of God, that woman can't find out the work that is done under the sun, because however much a woman labors to seek it out, yet she won't find it. Yes even though a wise woman thinks she can comprehend it, she won't be able to find it.