What is twisted cannot be straightened, what is lacking cannot be counted.
for with much wisdom comes much sorrow,
the more knowledge the more grief.
there is a time for everything.
and a season for every activity under heaven.
a time to be born and a time to die.
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build.
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain,
a time to search and a time to give up
a time to keep and a time to throw away
a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.
whatever is has already been
and what will be has been before;
and God will call the past to account.
and i saw something else under the sun.
in the place of judgement,
in the place of justice wickedness was there,
i thought in my head
god will bring to judgment
both the righteous and the wicked,
for there will be a time for every activity and a time for every deed.
the fool folds his hands
and ruins himself,
better one handful with tranquillity
than two handfuls with toil
and chasing after the wind.
two are better than one,
because they have a good return for their work,
if one falls down
his friend can help him up.
but pity the man who falls
and has no one to help him up.
also if two lie down together, they will keep warm,
but how can one keep warm alone?
though one may be overpowered,
two can defend themselves.
a cord of three strands is not quickly broken.
do not be quick with your mouth
do not be hasty in your heart
to utter anything before God.
God is in heaven.
and you are on earth.
let your words be few.
as a dream comes when there are many cares,
so the speech of a fool when there are many words.
the more the words, the less the meaning.
a good name is better than a fine perfume,
and the day of death better than the day of birth.
it is better to go to a house of mourning
than to go to a house of feasting.
for death is the destiny of every man,
the living should take this to heart.
sorrow is better than laughter,
because a sad face is good for the heart.
the heart of the wise is in the house of mourning.
but the heart of fools is in the house of pleasure.
it is better to heed a wise mans rebuke
than to listen to the song of fools.
extortion turns a wise man into a fool,
and a bribe corrupts the heart.
the end of a matter is better than its beginning.
and patience is better than pride.
do not be quickly provoked in your spirit,
for anger resides in the lap of fools.
do not pay attention to every word people say
or you may hear your servant cursing you
for you know in your heart
that many times you yourself have cursed others.
i find more bitter than death is
the woman who is snare,
whose heart is a trap
and whose hands are chains,
the man who pleases god will escape her, but the sinner
she will ensnare.
for the living know that they will die,
but the dead know nothing.
they have no further reward,
and even the memory of them is forgotten.
their love, their hate
and their jealousy have long since vanished.
never again will they have a part in anything that happens under the sun (AMEN!)
words from a wise mans mouth are gracious,
but a fool is consumed by his own lips.
at the beginning his words are folly,
at the end they are wicked madness and the fool multiplies words.
now all has been heard
here is the conclusion of the matter:
FEAR GOD AND KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS,
FOR THIS IS THE WHOLE DUTY OF MAN.
FOR GOD WILL BRING EVERY DEED INTO JUDGMENT,
INCLUDING EVERY HIDDEN THING OR THOUGHT,
WHETHER IT IS GOOD OR EVIL.
AMEN AMEN AMEN.
So glad for Ecclesiastes…God is bringing me much comfort in these words…
everything…all of the drama…all of the brokenheartedness and cruel words of others…it’s ALL MEANINGLESS…I’m living to be with my son again in heaven and nothing will stand in my way of him. so i can proclaim with the purest of intentions and the love in my heart in Jesus name that YOU CAN NOT DESTROY ME, NOR CAN YOU CRUSH MY SPIRIT, MY SON AND MY FAMILY IS TOO IMPORTANT TO LET YOUR LIES AND CRUEL HEARTS JUDGE ME…
amen and amen amen in JESUS NAME AMEN