Monday, 18 July 2016

Life's Injustice: Ecclesiastes

Moreover I saw under the sun, in the place of justice, that wickedness was there;
and in the place of righteousness;
that wickedness was there.

I said in my heart, "God will judge the righteous and the wicked;
for there is a time there for every purpose and for every work."

I said in my heart, "As for the sons of men, God tests them, so that they may see that they themselves are like animals.

for that which happens to the sons of men happens to animals.
Even one thing happens to them.
As the one dies, so the other dies.
Yes, they have all one breath;
and man has no advantage over the animals;
for all is vanity.

All go to one place.
All are from the dust, and all turn to dust again.
Who knows the spirit of man, whether it goes upward, and the spirit of the animal, whether it goes downward to the earth?"

Therefore I saw that there is nothing better, than that a man should rejoice in his works;

for that is his portion:
for who can being him to see what will be after him?

Then I returned and saw all the oppressions that are done under the sun;
and behold, the tears of those who were oppressed, and they had no comforter;
and on the side of their oppressors there was power;
but they had no comforter.

Therefore I praised the dead who have been long dead more than the living who are yet alive.

Yes, better than them both is him who has not yet been, who has not seen the evil work that is done under the sun.

Then I saw all the labor and achievement that is the envy of a man's neighbor. This also is vanity and a striving after wind.

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