For great is the Lord and most worthy of praise;(A)
    he is to be feared(B) above all gods.(C)

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Wisdom and Folly Are Meaningless

12 Then I turned my thoughts to consider wisdom,
    and also madness and folly.(A)
What more can the king’s successor do
    than what has already been done?(B)
13 I saw that wisdom(C) is better than folly,(D)
    just as light is better than darkness.
14 The wise have eyes in their heads,
    while the fool walks in the darkness;
but I came to realize
    that the same fate overtakes them both.(E)

15 Then I said to myself,

“The fate of the fool will overtake me also.
    What then do I gain by being wise?”(F)
I said to myself,
    “This too is meaningless.”
16 For the wise, like the fool, will not be long remembered;(G)
    the days have already come when both have been forgotten.(H)
Like the fool, the wise too must die!(I)

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