Ecclesiastes 9-11 (ESV) 9:1 But all this I laid to heart, examining it all, how the righteous and the wise and their deeds are in the hand of God. Whether it is love or hate, man does not know; both are before him. 2 It is the same for all, since the same event happens to the righteous and the wicked, to […]

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Ecclesiastes 8:10-17 (ESV) 10 Then I saw the wicked buried. They used to go in and out of the holy place and were praised in the city where they had done such things. This also is vanity. 11 Because the sentence against an evil deed is not executed speedily, the heart of the children of man is fully set to do evil.12 Though a sinner […]

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Authority Under the Sun – Ecclesiastes 8:1-9

Ecclesiastes 8:1-9 (ESV) 1 Who is like the wise?     And who knows the interpretation of a thing? A man’s wisdom makes his face shine,     and the hardness of his face is changed. 2 I say: Keep the king’s command, because of God’s oath to him. 3 Be not hasty to go from his presence. Do not take your stand in an evil cause, for […]

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Ecclesiastes 7:19-29 (ESV) 19 Wisdom gives strength to the wise man more than ten rulers who are in a city. 20 Surely there is not a righteous man on earth who does good and never sins. 21 Do not take to heart all the things that people say, lest you hear your servant cursing you. 22 Your heart knows that many times you yourself […]

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Ecclesiastes 7:15-18 (ESV) 15 In my vain life I have seen everything. There is a righteous man who perishes in his righteousness, and there is a wicked man who prolongs his life in his evildoing. 16 Be not overly righteous, and do not make yourself too wise. Why should you destroy yourself? 17 Be not overly wicked, neither be a fool. Why should you die before your […]

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Ecclesiastes 7:11-14 (ESV) 11 Wisdom is good with an inheritance,     an advantage to those who see the sun. 12 For the protection of wisdom is like the protection of money,     and the advantage of knowledge is that wisdom preserves the life of him who has it. 13 Consider the work of God:     who can make straight what he has made crooked? 14 In the […]

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Ecclesiastes 7:7-10 (ESV) 7 Surely oppression drives the wise into madness,     and a bribe corrupts the heart. 8 Better is the end of a thing than its beginning,     and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit. 9 Be not quick in your spirit to become angry,     for anger lodges in the heart of fools. 10 Say not, “Why were the […]

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Ecclesiastes 6:10-7:6 (ESV) 6:10 Whatever has come to be has already been named, and it is known what man is, and that he is not able to dispute with one stronger than he. 11 The more words, the more vanity, and what is the advantage to man? 12 For who knows what is good for man while he lives the few days of […]

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Ecclesiastes 5:8-6:9 (ESV) 5:8 If you see in a province the oppression of the poor and the violation of justice and righteousness, do not be amazed at the matter, for the high official is watched by a higher, and there are yet higher ones over them.9 But this is gain for a land in every way: a king committed to […]

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