The mountains melt(A) like wax(B) before the Lord,
    before the Lord of all the earth.(C)
The heavens proclaim his righteousness,(D)
    and all peoples see his glory.(E)

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Everyone’s toil is for their mouth,
    yet their appetite is never satisfied.(A)
What advantage have the wise over fools?(B)
What do the poor gain
    by knowing how to conduct themselves before others?
Better what the eye sees
    than the roving of the appetite.
This too is meaningless,
    a chasing after the wind.(C)

10 Whatever exists has already been named,(D)
    and what humanity is has been known;
no one can contend
    with someone who is stronger.
11 The more the words,
    the less the meaning,
    and how does that profit anyone?

12 For who knows what is good for a person in life, during the few and meaningless days(E) they pass through like a shadow?(F) Who can tell them what will happen under the sun after they are gone?

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