Chinese Contemporary Bible (Traditional)

傳道書 9

1我仔細思想、探究這些事,就知道義人、智者及他們的行事為人都由上帝掌管,人無法知道前面等待自己的是愛還是恨。 義人和惡人、好人和壞人、潔淨的和污穢的、獻祭的和不獻祭的、行善的和犯罪的、敢於起誓的和不敢起誓的人,最終的命運都一樣。 在日光之下有一件可悲的事,就是人最終的命運都一樣。再者,人內心都充滿邪惡,活著的時候行事狂妄,最後都步入死亡。 有生命就有希望,一條活狗總比一頭死獅子強。 因為活著的人還知道自己終有一死,但死了的人什麼都不知道,再也得不到任何賞賜,他們被忘得一乾二淨。 他們的愛、恨和嫉妒早已不復存在,他們再也無法參與日光之下的事。

去歡歡喜喜、快快樂樂地吃喝吧!因為上帝已經悅納你所做的。 你的衣服要經常保持潔白,頭上也不要缺少膏油。 在你虛空的人生中,就是在上帝所賜、日光之下虛空的歲月裡,你要與愛妻快樂度日,因為這是你一生在日光之下的勞碌中所當得的。 10 凡你的手能做的,都要盡力去做,因為在你要去的陰間沒有工作,沒有計劃,也沒有知識和智慧。 11 我又發現,日光之下,跑得快的未必能得獎,強大的未必能得勝,智者未必得溫飽,聰明人未必有財富,博學者未必受愛戴,因為時機和境遇左右眾人。 12 再者,人無法知道何時大難臨頭。禍患突然臨到時,人根本無法擺脫,就像魚落入險惡的網中,又像鳥兒陷入網羅。 13 我看見日光之下有一種智慧,對我來說意義深遠。 14 有一個勢力強大的君王來攻擊一個人口不多的小城,他建造營壘圍困這城。 15 這城裡有一個貧窮的智者,他用智慧拯救了這城,但事後人們卻把他遺忘了。 16 我認為智慧勝過武力,然而那位窮人的智慧卻被輕視,他所說的話也無人理會。 17 智者的細語勝過官長在愚人中的喊叫。 18 智慧勝過兵器,但一個罪人卻能破壞許多善事。

New International Version - UK

Ecclesiastes 9

A common destiny for all

1So I reflected on all this and concluded that the righteous and the wise and what they do are in God’s hands, but no one knows whether love or hate awaits them. All share a common destiny – the righteous and the wicked, the good and the bad,[a] the clean and the unclean, those who offer sacrifices and those who do not.

As it is with the good,
    so with the sinful;
as it is with those who take oaths,
    so with those who are afraid to take them.

This is the evil in everything that happens under the sun: The same destiny overtakes all. The hearts of people, moreover, are full of evil and there is madness in their hearts while they live, and afterwards they join the dead. Anyone who is among the living has hope[b] – even a live dog is better off than a dead lion!

For the living know that they will die,
    but the dead know nothing;
they have no further reward,
    and even their name 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.

Go, eat your food with gladness, and drink your wine with a joyful heart, for God has already approved what you do. Always be clothed in white, and always anoint your head with oil. Enjoy life with your wife, whom you love, all the days of this meaningless life that God has given you under the sun – all your meaningless days. For this is your lot in life and in your toilsome labour under the sun. 10 Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the realm of the dead, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom.

11 I have seen something else under the sun:

The race is not to the swift
    or the battle to the strong,
nor does food come to the wise
    or wealth to the brilliant
    or favour to the learned;
but time and chance happen to them all.

12 Moreover, no one knows when their hour will come:

As fish are caught in a cruel net,
    or birds are taken in a snare,
so people are trapped by evil times
    that fall unexpectedly upon them.

Wisdom better than folly

13 I also saw under the sun this example of wisdom that greatly impressed me: 14 there was once a small city with only a few people in it. And a powerful king came against it, surrounded it and built huge siege works against it. 15 Now there lived in that city a man poor but wise, and he saved the city by his wisdom. But nobody remembered that poor man. 16 So I said, ‘Wisdom is better than strength.’ But the poor man’s wisdom is despised, and his words are no longer heeded.

17 The quiet words of the wise are more to be heeded
    than the shouts of a ruler of fools.
18 Wisdom is better than weapons of war,
    but one sinner destroys much good.

Notas al pie

  1. Ecclesiastes 9:2 Septuagint (Aquila), Vulgate and Syriac; Hebrew does not have and the bad.
  2. Ecclesiastes 9:4 Or What then is to be chosen? With all who live, there is hope