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increase vanity, what is man the better? I
gave my heart to seek and search out by wisdom concerning all things that are dòne under heaven: this sore travail hath God given to the sons of man, to be exercised therewith. For in much wisdom is much grief: and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow.
Because no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end. Though a man labour to seek it out, yet he shall not find it; yea, further, though a wise man think to know it, yet shall be not be able to find it. 'That which is far off, and exceeding deep, who can find it out? I know that whatsoever God doeth, it shall be for ever: nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it. He hath made every thing beautiful in his time.
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He that loveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver ; nor he that loveth abundance with increase: this is also vauity. When goods increase they are increased that eat them : and what good is there to the owners thereof, saving the beholding of them with their eyes? Moreover the profit of the earth is for all: the king himself is served by the field. The sleep of a labouring man is sweet, whether he eat little or much: but the abundance of the rich will not suffer him to sleep. There is an evil which I have seen under the sun, and it is common among men: a man to whom God hath given riches, wealth, and honour, so that he wanteth nothing for his soul of all that he desireth, yet God giveth him not power to eat thereof, but a stranger eateth it: this is vanity, and it is an evil disease. There is one alone, and there is not a second; yea, he hath neither child nor brother: yet is there no end of all his labour; neither is his eye
satisfied with riches; neither saith he, For whom do I labour, and bereave my soul of good ? this is also vanity, yea, it is a sore travail. There is a sore evil which I have seen under the sun, namely, riches kept for the owners thereof to their hurt. I know that there is no good in them, but for a man to rejoice, and to do good in his life. And also that every man should enjoy the good of all his labour, it is the gift of God. All this have I proved by wisdom. I the preacher was king over Israel in Jerusalem: I communed with mine own heart, saying, Lo, I am come to great estate, and have gotten more wisdom than allthey that have been before me in Jerusalem: yea, my heart had great experience of wisdom and knowledge. I applied mine heart to know, and to search, and to seek out wisdom, and the reason of things, and to know the wickedness of folly, even of foolishness and madness : then I saw that wisdom excelleth folly, as far as light excelleth darkness,
On the instability of Power and Riches, and the
deceitfulness of Appearances.
Boast not of thy cloathing and raiment, and exalt not thyself in the day of honour: for the works of the Lord are wonderful, and his works
mong men are hidden. Set not thy heart upon thy goods; and say not, I have enough for my life. Follow not thine own mind and thy strength, to walk in the ways of thy heart: and say not, Who shall controul me for
my works? 1or the Lord will surely revenge thy pride. Many kings have sat down upon the ground; and one that was never thought of hath worn the crown. Many mighty men have been greatly disgraced; and the honour ble delivered into other men's hands. Because of unrighteous dealings, injuries, and riches got by deceit, the king.
dom is translated from one people to another. The power of the earth is in the hand of the Lord; in the hand of God is the pro-perity of man; and he that is to-day a king to-morrow shall die. For when a man is dead, he shall ina, herit creeping things, beasts, and worms. There is that waxeth rich by his wariness and pinching, and this is the portion of his reward: whereas he saith, I have found rest, and now will eat continually of my goods; and yet he knoweth not what time shall come upon him, and that he must leave those things to others, and die.
Marvel not at the works of sinners; but trust in the Lord, and abide in thy lahour: for it is an easy thing in the sight of the Lord on the sudden to make a poor man rich. Fiom the morning until the evening the time is changed, and all things are soon done before the Lord. The biessing of the Lord is in the reward of the godly, and suddeniy he maketh his blessing to flourish.
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Commend not a man for his beauty; neither abhor a man for his outward appearance. The bee is little among such as fly; but her fruit is the chief of sweet things. Blame not betore
life. The inner parts of a fool are like a broken vessel, and he will hold no knowledge as long as he liveth. There is one that is wise and teacheth many, and yet is unprofitable to himself. There is one that sheweth wisdom in words, and is hated; he shall be destitute of all food. For grace is not given him from the Lord; because he is deprived of all wisdom. Another is wise to himself; and the fruits of understanding are commendable in his mouth. A wise man instructeth his people ; and the fruits of his understanding fail not. A wise man shall be filled with blessing; and all they that see him shall count him happy. A wise man shall inherit glory among his people, and his name shall be perpetual,