King James Version

Ecclesiastes 8:1-17

1Who is as the wise man? and who knoweth the interpretation of a thing? a man’s wisdom maketh his face to shine, and the boldness of his face shall be changed.8.1 the boldness: Heb. the strength 2I counsel thee to keep the king’s commandment, and that in regard of the oath of God. 3Be not hasty to go out of his sight: stand not in an evil thing; for he doeth whatsoever pleaseth him. 4Where the word of a king is, there is power: and who may say unto him, What doest thou? 5Whoso keepeth the commandment shall feel no evil thing: and a wise man’s heart discerneth both time and judgment.8.5 shall…: Heb. shall know

6¶ Because to every purpose there is time and judgment, therefore the misery of man is great upon him. 7For he knoweth not that which shall be: for who can tell him when it shall be?8.7 when…: or, how it shall be? 8There is no man that hath power over the spirit to retain the spirit; neither hath he power in the day of death: and there is no discharge in that war; neither shall wickedness deliver those that are given to it.8.8 discharge: or, casting off weapons

9All this have I seen, and applied my heart unto every work that is done under the sun: there is a time wherein one man ruleth over another to his own hurt. 10And so I saw the wicked buried, who had come and gone from the place of the holy, and they were forgotten in the city where they had so done: this is also vanity. 11Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil.

12¶ Though a sinner do evil an hundred times, and his days be prolonged, yet surely I know that it shall be well with them that fear God, which fear before him: 13But it shall not be well with the wicked, neither shall he prolong his days, which are as a shadow; because he feareth not before God.

14There is a vanity which is done upon the earth; that there be just men, unto whom it happeneth according to the work of the wicked; again, there be wicked men, to whom it happeneth according to the work of the righteous: I said that this also is vanity. 15Then I commended mirth, because a man hath no better thing under the sun, than to eat, and to drink, and to be merry: for that shall abide with him of his labour the days of his life, which God giveth him under the sun.

16¶ When I applied mine heart to know wisdom, and to see the business that is done upon the earth: (for also there is that neither day nor night seeth sleep with his eyes:) 17Then I beheld all the work of God, that a man cannot find out the work that is done under the sun: because 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 he not be able to find it.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Traditional)

傳道書 8:1-17

1誰像有智慧的人呢?

誰知道事情的原委呢?

智慧能使人容光煥發,

使冷酷的面孔柔和。

2我勸你遵守王的命令,因為你曾在上帝面前這樣發誓。 3不要在王面前魯莽行事,也不要參與惡行,因為王可以隨意行事。 4況且,王的命令至高無上,誰敢質問他呢? 5遵從王命的必免遭禍患,因為智者心裡懂得做事的時機和方法。 6儘管人面臨重重困難,但做任何事都有時機和方法。 7無人知道未來的事,誰能告訴人將來的事呢? 8無人能掌管生命8·8 生命」也可譯作「風」或「氣息」。,留住生命,也無人能掌管死期。無人能免於這場爭戰,邪惡也救不了作惡者。 9這一切我都見過了,我用心思考日光之下的一切事。有時人欺壓人、傷害人。 10我看見惡人生前出入聖所,死後安葬,還在他們作惡的城中受到稱讚,這也是虛空。 11對犯罪者的刑罰不迅速執行,世人便盡情作惡。 12雖然罪人作惡多端仍得長壽,我卻認為敬畏上帝的人必亨通。 13然而,惡人得不到祝福,他們必像幻影一樣不能長久,因為他們不敬畏上帝。 14世上有一件虛空的事,就是義人遭受了惡人當受的報應,惡人卻享受了義人該享的福樂。我認為這也是虛空。 15因此,我便讚賞享樂,因為在日光之下沒有什麼比吃喝快樂更好。這是人在上帝所賜的年日裡,從勞碌中當得的享受。 16我全心去尋求智慧,觀察世上所發生的事,甚至晝夜不眠, 17思想上帝所做的一切,便知道人無法理解日光之下所發生的事。儘管人努力不懈地去尋找,也不能明白;即使智者自以為明白,他其實仍不能參透。