Ecclesiastes: Selected Verses

  1. There is no remembrance of former things; neither shall there be any remembrance of things that are to come with those that shall come after. - 1:11
  2. In much wisdom is much grief: and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow. - 1:18
  3. There is nothing better for a man, than that he should eat and drink, and that he should make his soul enjoy good in his labour. - 2:24
  4. Every man should eat and drink, and enjoy the good of all his labour. - 3:13
  5. God might manifest them, and that they might see that they themselves are beasts. - 3:18
  6. For that which befalleth the sons of men befalleth beasts; even one thing befalleth them: as the one dieth, so dieth the other; yea, they have all one breath; so that a man hath no preeminence above a beast. - 3:19
  7. All go unto one place; all are of the dust, and all turn to dust again. - 3:20
  8. Who knoweth the spirit of man that goeth upward, and the spirit of the beast that goeth downward to the earth? - 3:21
  9. There is nothing better, than that a man should rejoice in his own works. - 3:22
  10. The fool foldeth his hands together, and eateth his own flesh. - 4:5
  11. Do not all go to one place? - 6:6
  12. For who knoweth what is good for man in this life, all the days of his vain life which he spendeth as a shadow? for who can tell a man what shall be after him under the sun? - 6:12
  13. A man hath no better thing under the sun, than to eat, and to drink, and to be merry. - 8:15
  14. For to him that is joined to all the living there is hope: for a living dog is better than a dead lion. - 9:4
  15. The living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten. - 9:5
  16. Go thy way, eat thy bread with joy, and drink thy wine with a merry heart. - 9:7
  17. Let thy garments be always white; and let thy head lack no ointment. - 9:8
  18. Live joyfully with the wife whom thou lovest. - 9:9
  19. Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might;for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest. - 9:10
  20. Dead flies cause the ointment of the apothecary to send forth a stinking savour. - 10:1
  21. A wise man's heart is at his right hand; but a fool's heart at his left. - 10:2
  22. Cast thy bread upon the waters: for thou shalt find it after many days. - 11:1
  23. Give a portion to seven, and also to eight; for thou knowest not what evil shall be upon the earth. - 11:2
  24. In the place where the tree falleth, there it shall be. - 11:3
  25. Of making many books there is no end. - 12:12
  26. Much study is a weariness of the flesh. - 12:12