8:1 Who [is] as the wise [man]? and who knoweth the
interpretation of a thing? a man's wisdom maketh his face to
shine, and the boldness of his face shall be changed.
8:2 I [counsel thee] to keep the king's commandment, and [that]
in regard of the oath of God.
8:3 Be not hasty to go out of his sight: stand not in an evil
thing; for he doeth whatever pleaseth him.
8:4 Where the word of a king [is], [there is] power: and who may
say to him, what doest thou?
8:5 He who keepeth the commandment shall feel no evil thing: and
a wise man's heart discerneth both time and judgment.
8:6 Because to every purpose there is time and judgment,
therefore the misery of man [is] great upon him.
8:7 For he knoweth not that which shall be: for who can tell him
when it shall be?
8:8 [There is] no man that hath power over the spirit to retain
the spirit; neither [hath he] power in the day of death: and
[there is] no discharge in [that] war; neither shall wickedness
deliver those that are given to it.
8:9 All this have I seen, and applied my heart to every work
that is done under the sun: [there is] a time in which one man
ruleth over another to his own hurt.
8:10 And so I saw the wicked buried, who had come and gone from
the place of the holy, and they were forgotten in the city
where they had so done: this [is] also vanity.
8:11 Because sentence against an evil work is not executed
speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set
in them to do evil.
8:12 Though a sinner doeth evil a hundred times, and his [days]
are prolonged, yet surely I know that it will be well with them
that fear God, who fear before him:
8:13 But it will not be well with the wicked, neither will he
prolong [his] days, [which are] as a shadow; because he feareth
not before God.
8:14 There is a vanity which is done upon the earth; that there
are just [men], to whom it happeneth according to the work of
the wicked; again, there are wicked [men], to whom it happeneth
according to the work of the righteous: I said that this also
8:15 Then I commended mirth, because a man hath no better thing
under the sun, than to eat, and to drink, and to be merry: for
that shall abide with him of his labor the days of his life,
which God giveth him under the sun.
8:16 When I applied my heart to know wisdom, and to see the
business that is done upon the earth: (for also [there is that]
neither day nor night seeth sleep with his eyes:)
8:17 Then I beheld all the work of God, that a man cannot find
out the work that is done under the sun: because though a man
may labor to seek [it] out, yet he shall not find [it]; yes
further; though a wise [man] thinketh to know [it], yet shall
he not be able to find [it].