Those Who Fear God Will Do Well

10 Then I saw the wicked buried. They used to go in and out of (A)the holy place and were (B)praised[a] in the city where they had done such things. This also is vanity.[b] 11 Because (C)the sentence against an evil deed is not executed speedily, (D)the heart of the children of man is fully set to do evil. 12 Though a sinner does evil a hundred times and (E)prolongs his life, yet I know that (F)it will be well with (G)those who fear God, because they fear before him. 13 But it will (H)not be well with the wicked, neither will he prolong his days like (I)a shadow, because he does not fear before God.

Man Cannot Know God's Ways

14 There is a vanity that takes place on earth, that there are righteous people (J)to whom it happens according to the deeds of the wicked, and there are wicked people (K)to whom it happens according to the deeds of the righteous. I said that this also is vanity. 15 And I commend joy, for man (L)has nothing better under the sun but to (M)eat and drink and be joyful, for this will go with him in his toil through the days of his life that God has given him under the sun.

16 When I applied my heart to know wisdom, and to see (N)the business that is done on earth, how neither (O)day nor night do one's eyes see sleep, 17 then I saw all the work of God, that (P)man cannot find out the work that is done under the sun. However much man may toil in seeking, he will not find it out. Even though a wise man claims to know, (Q)he cannot find it out.

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Footnotes

  1. Ecclesiastes 8:10 Some Hebrew manuscripts, Septuagint, Vulgate; most Hebrew manuscripts forgotten
  2. Ecclesiastes 8:10 The Hebrew term hebel can refer to a “vapor” or “mere breath”; also twice in verse 14 (see note on 1:2)

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