And now we call the proud happy; yea, they that work wickedness are set up; yea, [they that] tempt God are even delivered.
Then 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].
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:)
Then 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.
There 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.
But 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.
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:
All [things] have I seen in the days of my vanity: there is a just [man] that perisheth in his righteousness, and there is a wicked [man] that prolongeth [his life] in his wickedness.
Evil men understand not judgment: but they that seek the LORD understand all [things].
Remember how short my time is: wherefore hast thou made all men in vain?
Until I went into the sanctuary of God; [then] understood I their end.
All [things come] alike to all: [there is] one event to the righteous, and to the wicked; to the good and to the clean, and to the unclean; to him that sacrificeth, and to him that sacrificeth not: as [is] the good, so [is] the sinner; [and] he that sweareth, as [he] that feareth an oath.
I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race [is] not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all.
Righteous [art] thou, O LORD, when I plead with thee: yet let me talk with thee of [thy] judgments: Wherefore doth the way of the wicked prosper? [wherefore] are all they happy that deal very treacherously?
Ye have said, It [is] vain to serve God: and what profit [is it] that we have kept his ordinance, and that we have walked mournfully before the LORD of hosts?
And makest men as the fishes of the sea, as the creeping things, [that have] no ruler over them?
[Thou art] of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity: wherefore lookest thou upon them that deal treacherously, [and] holdest thy tongue when the wicked devoureth [the man that is] more righteous than he?
Then shall [his] mind change, and he shall pass over, and offend, [imputing] this his power unto his god.
Why dost thou shew me iniquity, and cause [me] to behold grievance? for spoiling and violence [are] before me: and there are [that] raise up strife and contention.
O LORD, how long shall I cry, and thou wilt not hear! [even] cry out unto thee [of] violence, and thou wilt not save!
But they know not the thoughts of the LORD, neither understand they his counsel: for he shall gather them as the sheaves into the floor.
Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.
All that found them have devoured them: and their adversaries said, We offend not, because they have sinned against the LORD, the habitation of justice, even the LORD, the hope of their fathers.
Thou hast planted them, yea, they have taken root: they grow, yea, they bring forth fruit: thou [art] near in their mouth, and far from their reins.
When I thought to know this, it [was] too painful for me;
If I say, I will speak thus; behold, I should offend [against] the generation of thy children.
They are wet with the showers of the mountains, and embrace the rock for want of a shelter.
They cause the naked to lodge without clothing, that [they have] no covering in the cold.
They reap [every one] his corn in the field: and they gather the vintage of the wicked.
Behold, [as] wild asses in the desert, go they forth to their work; rising betimes for a prey: the wilderness [yieldeth] food for them [and] for [their] children.
They turn the needy out of the way: the poor of the earth hide themselves together.
They drive away the ass of the fatherless, they take the widow's ox for a pledge.
[Some] remove the landmarks; they violently take away flocks, and feed [thereof].
Why, seeing times are not hidden from the Almighty, do they that know him not see his days?
Wherefore do the wicked live, become old, yea, are mighty in power?
The tabernacles of robbers prosper, and they that provoke God are secure; into whose hand God bringeth [abundantly].
They pluck the fatherless from the breast, and take a pledge of the poor.
They cause [him] to go naked without clothing, and they take away the sheaf [from] the hungry;
[Which] make oil within their walls, [and] tread [their] winepresses, and suffer thirst.
For all the day long have I been plagued, and chastened every morning.
Verily I have cleansed my heart [in] vain, and washed my hands in innocency.
Behold, these [are] the ungodly, who prosper in the world; they increase [in] riches.
They [are] not in trouble [as other] men; neither are they plagued like [other] men.
For [there are] no bands in their death: but their strength [is] firm.
For I was envious at the foolish, [when] I saw the prosperity of the wicked.
But as for me, my feet were almost gone; my steps had well nigh slipped.
His ways are always grievous; thy judgments [are] far above out of his sight: [as for] all his enemies, he puffeth at them.
Why dost thou strive against him? for he giveth not account of any of his matters.
Men groan from out of the city, and the soul of the wounded crieth out: yet God layeth not folly [to them].
If I be wicked, woe unto me; and [if] I be righteous, [yet] will I not lift up my head. [I am] full of confusion; therefore see thou mine affliction;