Ecclesiastes 5-12New King James Version (NKJV)
Fear God, Keep Your Vows
5 Walk prudently when you go to the house of God; and draw near to hear rather than to give the sacrifice of fools, for they do not know that they do evil.
2 Do not be rash with your mouth,
4 When you make a vow to God, do not delay to pay it;
6 Do not let your mouth cause your flesh to sin, nor say before the messenger of God that it was an error. Why should God be angry at your excuse[a] and destroy the work of your hands? 7 For in the multitude of dreams and many words there is also vanity. But fear God.
The Vanity of Gain and Honor
8 If you see the oppression of the poor, and the violent perversion of justice and righteousness in a province, do not marvel at the matter; for high official watches over high official, and higher officials are over them.
9 Moreover the profit of the land is for all; even the king is served from the field.
10 He who loves silver will not be satisfied with silver;
11 When goods increase,
12 The sleep of a laboring man is sweet,
13 There is a severe evil which I have seen under the sun:
16 And this also is a severe evil—
18 Here is what I have seen: It is good and fitting for one to eat and drink, and to enjoy the good of all his labor in which he toils under the sun all the days of his life which God gives him; for it is his heritage. 19 As for every man to whom God has given riches and wealth, and given him power to eat of it, to receive his heritage and rejoice in his labor—this is the gift of God. 20 For he will not dwell unduly on the days of his life, because God keeps him busy with the joy of his heart.
6 There is an evil which I have seen under the sun, and it is common among men: 2 A man to whom God has given riches and wealth and honor, so that he lacks nothing for himself of all he desires; yet God does not give him power to eat of it, but a foreigner consumes it. This is vanity, and it is an evil affliction.
3 If a man begets a hundred children and lives many years, so that the days of his years are many, but his soul is not satisfied with goodness, or indeed he has no burial, I say that a stillborn child is better than he— 4 for it comes in vanity and departs in darkness, and its name is covered with darkness. 5 Though it has not seen the sun or known anything, this has more rest than that man, 6 even if he lives a thousand years twice—but has not seen goodness. Do not all go to one place?
7 All the labor of man is for his mouth,
10 Whatever one is, he has been named already,
12 For who knows what is good for man in life, all the days of his vain life which he passes like a shadow? Who can tell a man what will happen after him under the sun?
The Value of Practical Wisdom
7 A good name is better than precious ointment,
And the day of death than the day of one’s birth;
5 It is better to hear the rebuke of the wise
8 The end of a thing is better than its beginning;
11 Wisdom is good with an inheritance,
13 Consider the work of God;
15 I have seen everything in my days of vanity:
There is a just man who perishes in his righteousness,
19 Wisdom strengthens the wise
20 For there is not a just man on earth who does good
21 Also do not take to heart everything people say,
23 All this I have proved by wisdom.
27 Here is what I have found,” says the Preacher,
8 Who is like a wise man?
Obey Authorities for God’s Sake
2 I say, “Keep the king’s commandment for the sake of your oath to God. 3 Do not be hasty to go from his presence. Do not take your stand for an evil thing, for he does whatever pleases him.”
4 Where the word of a king is, there is power;
9 All this I have seen, and applied my heart to every work that is done under the sun: There is a time in which one man rules over another to his own hurt.
Death Comes to All
10 Then I saw the wicked buried, who had come and gone from the place of holiness, and they were forgotten[b] in the city where they had so done. This also is vanity. 11 Because the 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. 12 Though a sinner does evil a hundred times, and his days are prolonged, yet I surely know that it will be well with those who fear God, who fear before Him. 13 But it will not be well with the wicked; nor will he prolong his days, which are as a shadow, because he does not fear before God.
14 There is a vanity which occurs on earth, that there are just men to whom it happens according to the work of the wicked; again, there are wicked men to whom it happens according to the work of the righteous. I said that this also is vanity.
15 So I commended enjoyment, because a man has nothing better under the sun than to eat, drink, and be merry; for this will remain with him in his labor all the days of his life which God gives him under the sun.
16 When I applied my heart to know wisdom and to see the business that is done on earth, even though one sees no sleep day or night, 17 then I saw all the work of God, that a man cannot find out the work that is done under the sun. For though a man labors to discover it, yet he will not find it; moreover, though a wise man attempts to know it, he will not be able to find it.
9 For I considered all this in my heart, so that I could declare it all: that the righteous and the wise and their works are in the hand of God. People know neither love nor hatred by anything they see before them. 2 All things come alike to all:
One event happens to the righteous and the wicked;
3 This is an evil in all that is done under the sun: that one thing happens to all. Truly the hearts of the sons of men are full of evil; madness is in their hearts while they live, and after that they go to the dead. 4 But for him who is joined to all the living there is hope, for a living dog is better than a dead lion.
5 For the living know that they will die;
7 Go, eat your bread with joy,
9 Live joyfully with the wife whom you love all the days of your vain life which He has given you under the sun, all your days of vanity; for that is your portion in life, and in the labor which you perform under the sun.
10 Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might; for there is no work or device or knowledge or wisdom in the grave where you are going.
11 I returned and saw under the sun that—
The race is not to the swift,
Wisdom Superior to Folly
13 This wisdom I have also seen under the sun, and it seemed great to me: 14 There was a little city with few men in it; and a great king came against it, besieged it, and built great snares[d] around it. 15 Now there was found in it a poor wise man, and he by his wisdom delivered the city. Yet no one remembered that same poor man.
16 Then I said:
“Wisdom is better than strength.
10 Dead flies putrefy[e] the perfumer’s ointment,
5 There is an evil I have seen under the sun,
8 He who digs a pit will fall into it,
11 A serpent may bite when it is not charmed;
16 Woe to you, O land, when your king is a child,
20 Do not curse the king, even in your thought;
The Value of Diligence
11 Cast your bread upon the waters,
3 If the clouds are full of rain,
5 As you do not know what is the way of the wind,[f]
7 Truly the light is sweet,
Seek God in Early Life
9 Rejoice, O young man, in your youth,
12 Remember now your Creator in the days of your youth,
6 Remember your Creator before the silver cord is loosed,[g]
8 “Vanity of vanities,” says the Preacher,
The Whole Duty of Man
9 And moreover, because the Preacher was wise, he still taught the people knowledge; yes, he pondered and sought out and set in order many proverbs. 10 The Preacher sought to find acceptable words; and what was written was upright—words of truth. 11 The words of the wise are like goads, and the words of scholars[h] are like well-driven nails, given by one Shepherd. 12 And further, my son, be admonished by these. Of making many books there is no end, and much study is wearisome to the flesh.
13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter:
Fear God and keep His commandments,
Song of Solomon 1-8New King James Version (NKJV)
Solomon’s Love for a Shulamite Girl
1 The song of songs, which is Solomon’s.
2 Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth—
The Daughters of Jerusalem
We will run after you.[c]
The king has brought me into his chambers.
The Daughters of Jerusalem
We will be glad and rejoice in you.[d]
We will remember your[e] love more than wine.
Rightly do they love you.[f]
5 I am dark, but lovely,
(To Her Beloved)
7 Tell me, O you whom I love,
8 If you do not know, O fairest among women,
The Daughters of Jerusalem
11 We will make you[h] ornaments of gold
12 While the king is at his table,
15 Behold, you are fair, my love!
16 Behold, you are handsome, my beloved!
2 I am the rose of Sharon,
2 Like a lily among thorns,
3 Like an apple tree among the trees of the woods,
The Shulamite to the Daughters of Jerusalem
4 He brought me to the banqueting house,
6 His left hand is under my head,
The Beloved’s Request
8 The voice of my beloved!
10 My beloved spoke, and said to me:
14 “O my dove, in the clefts of the rock,
15 Catch us the foxes,
16 My beloved is mine, and I am his.
(To Her Beloved)
17 Until the day breaks
A Troubled Night
3 By night on my bed I sought the one I love;
4 Scarcely had I passed by them,
5 I charge you, O daughters of Jerusalem,
The Coming of Solomon
6 Who is this coming out of the wilderness
9 Of the wood of Lebanon
The Bridegroom Praises the Bride
4 Behold, you are fair, my love!
6 Until the day breaks
7 You are all fair, my love,
9 You have ravished my heart,
12 A garden enclosed
16 Awake, O north wind,
5 I have come to my garden, my sister, my spouse;
(To His Friends)
Eat, O friends!
The Shulamite’s Troubled Evening
2 I sleep, but my heart is awake;
6 I opened for my beloved,
The Daughters of Jerusalem
9 What is your beloved
10 My beloved is white and ruddy,
14 His hands are rods of gold
The Daughters of Jerusalem
6 Where has your beloved gone,
2 My beloved has gone to his garden,
Praise of the Shulamite’s Beauty
4 O my love, you are as beautiful as Tirzah,
8 There are sixty queens
10 Who is she who looks forth as the morning,
11 I went down to the garden of nuts
The Beloved and His Friends
13 Return, return, O Shulamite;
What would you see in the Shulamite—
Expressions of Praise
7 How beautiful are your feet in sandals,
6 How fair and how pleasant you are,
The wine goes down smoothly for my beloved,
11 Come, my beloved,
8 Oh, that you were like my brother,
(To the Daughters of Jerusalem)
3 His left hand is under my head,
Love Renewed in Lebanon
5 Who is this coming up from the wilderness,
I awakened you under the apple tree.
The Shulamite to Her Beloved
7 Many waters cannot quench love,
The Shulamite’s Brothers
8 We have a little sister,
10 I am a wall,
12 My own vineyard is before me.
13 You who dwell in the gardens,
14 Make haste, my beloved,
Isaiah 1-6New King James Version (NKJV)
1 The vision of Isaiah the son of Amoz, which he saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah.
The Wickedness of Judah
2 Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth!
4 Alas, sinful nation,
5 Why should you be stricken again?
7 Your country is desolate,
10 Hear the word of the Lord,
12 “When you come to appear before Me,
16 “Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean;
18 “Come now, and let us reason together,”
The Degenerate City
21 How the faithful city has become a harlot!
24 Therefore the Lord says,
27 Zion shall be redeemed with justice,
The Future House of God
2 The word that Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem.
2 Now it shall come to pass in the latter days
The Day of the Lord
5 O house of Jacob, come and let us walk
6 For You have forsaken Your people, the house of Jacob,
10 Enter into the rock, and hide in the dust,
12 For the day of the Lord of hosts
19 They shall go into the holes of the rocks,
20 In that day a man will cast away his idols of silver
22 Sever yourselves from such a man,
Judgment on Judah and Jerusalem
3 For behold, the Lord, the Lord of hosts,
6 When a man takes hold of his brother
8 For Jerusalem stumbled,
10 “Say to the righteous that it shall be well with them,
Oppression and Luxury Condemned
13 The Lord stands up to plead,
16 Moreover the Lord says:
“Because the daughters of Zion are haughty,
18 In that day the Lord will take away the finery:
24 And so it shall be:
Instead of a sweet smell there will be a stench;
26 Her gates shall lament and mourn,
4 And in that day seven women shall take hold of one man, saying,
The Renewal of Zion
2 In that day the Branch of the Lord shall be beautiful and glorious;
3 And it shall come to pass that he who is left in Zion and remains in Jerusalem will be called holy—everyone who is recorded among the living in Jerusalem. 4 When the Lord has washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion, and purged the blood of Jerusalem from her midst, by the spirit of judgment and by the spirit of burning, 5 then the Lord will create above every dwelling place of Mount Zion, and above her assemblies, a cloud and smoke by day and the shining of a flaming fire by night. For over all the glory there will be a covering. 6 And there will be a tabernacle for shade in the daytime from the heat, for a place of refuge, and for a shelter from storm and rain.
God’s Disappointing Vineyard
5 Now let me sing to my Well-beloved
My Well-beloved has a vineyard
3 “And now, O inhabitants of Jerusalem and men of Judah,
7 For the vineyard of the Lord of hosts is the house of Israel,
Impending Judgment on Excesses
8 Woe to those who join house to house;
11 Woe to those who rise early in the morning,
13 Therefore my people have gone into captivity,
18 Woe to those who draw iniquity with cords of vanity,
20 Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil;
21 Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes,
22 Woe to men mighty at drinking wine,
24 Therefore, as the fire devours the stubble,
For all this His anger is not turned away,
26 He will lift up a banner to the nations from afar,
Isaiah Called to Be a Prophet
6 In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple. 2 Above it stood seraphim; each one had six wings: with two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. 3 And one cried to another and said:
“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts;
4 And the posts of the door were shaken by the voice of him who cried out, and the house was filled with smoke.
5 So I said:
“Woe is me, for I am undone!
6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a live coal which he had taken with the tongs from the altar. 7 And he touched my mouth with it, and said:
“Behold, this has touched your lips;
8 Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying:
“Whom shall I send,
Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.”
9 And He said, “Go, and tell this people:
‘Keep on hearing, but do not understand;
10 “Make the heart of this people dull,
11 Then I said, “Lord, how long?”
And He answered:
“Until the cities are laid waste and without inhabitant,
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