| Ecclesiastes 9 - Versions
| Ecclesiastes 9 Text (WEB)
- 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, man doesn't know it; all is before them.
- 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 him who sacrifices, and to him who doesn't sacrifice. As is the good, so is the sinner; he who takes an oath, as he who fears an oath.
- 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 sons of men is full of evil, and madness is in their heart while they live, and after that they go to the dead.
- For to him who is joined with all the living there is hope; for a living dog is better than a dead lion.
- 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.
- 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.
- Go your way--eat your bread with joy, and drink your wine with a merry heart; for God has already accepted your works.
- Let your garments be always white, and don't let your head lack oil.
- Live joyfully with the wife whom you love all the days of your life of vanity, which he 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.
- 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.
- 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 men of understanding, nor yet favor to men of skill; but time and chance happen to them all.
- For man also doesn't know his 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 sons of men snared in an evil time, when it falls suddenly on them.
- I have also seen wisdom under the sun in this way, and it seemed great to me.
- There was a little city, and few men within it; and a great king came against it, besieged it, and built great bulwarks against it.
- Now a poor wise man was found in it, and he by his wisdom delivered the city; yet no man remembered that same poor man.
- Then I said, "Wisdom is better than strength." Nevertheless the poor man's wisdom is despised, and his words are not heard.
- The words of the wise heard in quiet are better than the cry of him who rules among fools.
- Wisdom is better than weapons of war; but one sinner destroys much good.
| Ecclesiastes 9 Text (Hebrew)
- כי את־כל־זה נתתי אל־לבי ולבור את־כל־זה אשר הצדיקים והחכמים ועבדיהם ביד האלהים גם־אהבה גם־שנאה אין יודע האדם הכל לפניהם׃
- הכל כאשר לכל מקרה אחד לצדיק ולרשע לטוב ולטהור ולטמא ולזבח ולאשר איננו זבח כטוב כחטא הנשבע כאשר שבועה ירא׃
- זה רע בכל אשר־נעשה תחת השמש כי־מקרה אחד לכל וגם לב בני־האדם מלא־רע והוללות בלבבם בחייהם ואחריו אל־המתים׃
- כי־מי אשר אל כל־החיים יש בטחון כי־לכלב חי הוא טוב מן־האריה המת׃
- כי החיים יודעים שימתו והמתים אינם יודעים מאומה ואין־עוד להם שכר כי נשכח זכרם׃
- גם אהבתם גם־שנאתם גם־קנאתם כבר אבדה וחלק אין־להם עוד לעולם בכל אשר־נעשה תחת השמש׃
- לך אכל בשמחה לחמך ושתה בלב־טוב יינך כי כבר רצה האלהים את־מעשיך׃
- בכל־עת יהיו בגדיך לבנים ושמן על־ראשך אל־יחסר׃
- ראה חיים עם־אשה אשר־אהבת כל־ימי חיי הבלך אשר נתן־לך תחת השמש כל ימי הבלך כי הוא חלקך בחיים ובעמלך אשר־אתה עמל תחת השמש׃
- כל אשר תמצא ידך לעשות בכחך עשה כי אין מעשה וחשבון ודעת וחכמה בשאול אשר אתה הלך שמה׃ ס
- שבתי וראה תחת־השמש כי לא לקלים המרוץ ולא לגבורים המלחמה וגם לא לחכמים לחם וגם לא לנבנים עשר וגם לא לידעים חן כי־עת ופגע יקרה את־כלם׃
- כי גם לא־ידע האדם את־עתו כדגים שנאחזים במצודה רעה וכצפרים האחזות בפח כהם יוקשים בני האדם לעת רעה כשתפול עליהם פתאם׃
- גם־זה ראיתי חכמה תחת השמש וגדולה היא אלי׃
- עיר קטנה ואנשים בה מעט ובא־אליה מלך גדול וסבב אתה ובנה עליה מצודים גדלים׃
- ומצא בה איש מסכן חכם ומלט־הוא את־העיר בחכמתו ואדם לא זכר את־האיש המסכן ההוא׃
- ואמרתי אני טובה חכמה מגבורה וחכמת המסכן בזויה ודבריו אינם נשמעים׃
- דברי חכמים בנחת נשמעים מזעקת מושל בכסילים׃
- טובה חכמה מכלי קרב וחוטא אחד יאבד טובה הרבה׃
| Ecclesiastes 9 Text (Latin)
- Omnia hæc tractavi in corde meo, ut curiose intelligerem. Sunt justi atque sapientes, et opera eorum in manu Dei ; et tamen nescit homo utrum amore an odio dignus sit.
- Sed omnia in futurum servantur incerta, eo quod universa æque eveniant justo et impio, bono et malo, mundo et immundo, immolanti victimas et sacrificia contemnenti. Sicut bonus, sic et peccator ; ut perjurus, ita et ille qui verum dejerat.
- Hoc est pessimum inter omnia quæ sub sole fiunt : quia eadem cunctis eveniunt. Unde et corda filiorum hominum implentur malitia et contemptu in vita sua, et post hæc ad inferos deducentur.
- Nemo est qui semper vivat, et qui hujus rei habeat fiduciam ; melior est canis vivus leone mortuo.
- Viventes enim sciunt se esse morituros ; mortui vero nihil noverunt amplius, nec habent ultra mercedem, quia oblivioni tradita est memoria eorum.
- Amor quoque, et odium, et invidiæ simul perierunt ; nec habent partem in hoc sæculo, et in opere quod sub sole geritur.
- Vade ergo, et comede in lætitia panem tuum, et bibe cum gaudio vinum tuum, quia Deo placent opera tua.
- Omni tempore sint vestimenta tua candida, et oleum de capite tuo non deficiat.
- Perfruere vinum cum uxore quam diligis, cunctis diebus vitæ instabilitatis tuæ, qui dati sunt tibi sub sole omni tempore vanitatis tuæ : hæc est enim pars in vita et in labore tuo quo laboras sub sole.
- Quodcumque facere potest manus tua, instanter operare, quia nec opus, nec ratio, nec sapientia, nec scientia erunt apud inferos, quo tu properas.
- Verti me ad aliud, et vidi sub sole nec velocium esse cursum, nec fortium bellum, nec sapientium panem, nec doctorum divitias, nec artificum gratiam ; sed tempus casumque in omnibus.
- Nescit homo finem suum ; sed sicut pisces capiuntur hamo, et sicut aves laqueo comprehenduntur, sic capiuntur homines in tempore malo, cum eis extemplo supervenerit.
- Hanc quoque sub sole vidi sapientiam, et probavi maximam :
- civitas parva, et pauci in ea viri ; venit contra eam rex magnus, et vallavit eam, exstruxitque munitiones per gyrum, et perfecta est obsidio.
- Inventusque est in ea vir pauper et sapiens, et liberavit urbem per sapientiam suam ; et nullus deinceps recordatus est hominis illius pauperis.
- Et dicebam ego meliorem esse sapientiam fortitudine. Quomodo ergo sapientia pauperis contempta est, et verba ejus non sunt audita ?
- Verba sapientium audiuntur in silentio, plus quam clamor principis inter stultos.
- Melior est sapientia quam arma bellica ; et qui in uno peccaverit, multa bona perdet.
| Ecclesiastes 9 Text (KJV)
- For all this I considered in my heart even to declare all this, that the righteous, and the wise, and their works, are in the hand of God: no man knoweth either love or hatred by all that is before them.
- All things come alike to all: there is one event to the righteous, and to the wicked; to the good and to the clean, and to the unclean; to him that sacrificeth, and to him that sacrificeth not: as is the good, so is the sinner; and he that sweareth, as he that feareth an oath.
- This is an evil among all things that are done under the sun, that there is one event unto all: yea, also the heart of the sons of men is full of evil, and madness is in their heart while they live, and after that they go to the dead.
- For to him that is joined to all the living there is hope: for a living dog is better than a dead lion.
- For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten.
- Also their love, and their hatred, and their envy, is now perished; neither have they any more a portion for ever in any thing that is done under the sun.
- Go thy way, eat thy bread with joy, and drink thy wine with a merry heart; for God now accepteth thy works.
- Let thy garments be always white; and let thy head lack no ointment.
- Live joyfully with the wife whom thou lovest all the days of the life of thy vanity, which he hath given thee under the sun, all the days of thy vanity: for that is thy portion in this life, and in thy labour which thou takest under the sun.
- Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.
- 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 men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all.
- For man also knoweth not his time: as the fishes that are taken in an evil net, and as the birds that are caught in the snare; so are the sons of men snared in an evil time, when it falleth suddenly upon them.
- This wisdom have I seen also under the sun, and it seemed great unto me:
- There was a little city, and few men within it; and there came a great king against it, and besieged it, and built great bulwarks against it:
- Now there was found in it a poor wise man, and he by his wisdom delivered the city; yet no man remembered that same poor man.
- Then said I, Wisdom is better than strength: nevertheless the poor man's wisdom is despised, and his words are not heard.
- The words of wise men are heard in quiet more than the cry of him that ruleth among fools.
- Wisdom is better than weapons of war: but one sinner destroyeth much good.