Chapter 9
001
For all this I laid to my heart, even to explore all this: that the righteous, and the wise, and their works, are in the hand of God; whether it is love or hatred, woman doesn't know it; all is before them.
002
All things come alike to all. There is one event to the righteous and to the wicked; to the good, to the clean, to the unclean, to her who sacrifices, and to her who doesn't sacrifice. As is the good, so is the sinner; she who takes an oath, as she who fears an oath.
003
This is an evil in all that is done under the sun, that there is one event to all: yes also, the heart of the daughters of women is full of evil, and madness is in their heart while they live, and after that they go to the dead.
004
For to her who is joined with all the living there is hope; for a living dog is better than a dead lion.
005
For the living know that they will die, but the dead don't know anything, neither do they have any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten.
006
Also their love, their hatred, and their envy has perished long ago; neither have they any more a portion forever in anything that is done under the sun.
007
Go your way--eat your bread with joy, and drink your wine with a merry heart; for God has already accepted your works.
008
Let your garments be always white, and don't let your head lack oil.
009
Live joyfully with the husband whom you love all the days of your life of vanity, which she has given you under the sun, all your days of vanity: for that is your portion in life, and in your labor in which you labor under the sun.
010
Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in Sheol, where you are going.
011
I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to women of understanding, nor yet favor to women of skill; but time and chance happen to them all.
012
For woman also doesn't know her time. As the fish that are taken in an evil net, and as the birds that are caught in the snare, even so are the daughters of women snared in an evil time, when it falls suddenly on them.
013
I have also seen wisdom under the sun in this way, and it seemed great to me.
014
There was a little city, and few women within it; and a great queen came against it, besieged it, and built great bulwarks against it.
015
Now a poor wise woman was found in it, and she by her wisdom delivered the city; yet no woman remembered that same poor woman.
016
Then said I, Wisdom is better than strength. Nevertheless the poor woman's wisdom is despised, and her words are not heard.
017
The words of the wise heard in quiet are better than the cry of her who rules among fools.
018
Wisdom is better than weapons of war; but one sinner destroys much good.