Ecclesiastes 7:15-8:1

Good people and bad people

15 I do not know why I am alive.

But I have seen two things during my life.

I have seen that good people have died. They died when they were young.

They always did the right thing but they died like everyone else.

I have seen that some bad people live for many years.

16 Be careful that you do not kill yourself.

That might happen if you try to be too good or too wise.

17 Be careful that you do not die too soon.

That might happen if you are a fool or a bad person.

18 Try to live your life in a way that is in the middle.

You can do that if you try to love God. And you can do it if you try to obey him.

19 A wise man can do greater things than ten leaders in a city can do.

20 But even good men do not always do what is right.

Sometimes they make mistakes.

21 Do not listen to all the things that people say about you.

Even your servant may say bad things about you.

22 Do not forget that you, too, have said bad things.

23 I wanted to be wise.

Many things have happened to me during my life.

And I wanted to discover the reason for them.

24 But I could not discover a good reason.

It was too difficult for me.

25 So I decided to learn many things.

I wanted to become wise.

And I wanted to get answers to all my questions.

I believed that it was silly to be a fool.

I wanted to discover if this was true.

26 I learned that it is dangerous to meet a bad woman.

She is a worse thing than death itself.

She says that she loves you.

But if you listen to her, you will do wrong things.

Do what God wants people to do. If you do that, a woman like that will not catch you.

But that bad woman will catch the man who does not obey God's rules.

27 I used all my wisdom. And I looked for answers to my questions.

28 But I have failed.

I do know that there is one good man in every thousand men.

But I have not found a good woman.

29 I did learn one thing.

God made us to be good people.

But we have become bad people.

Ecclesiastes 8

1 A person's wisdom will cause his face to be like a happy man's face.

It will do that, even when things have made him sad.

But only a few people are wise.

And only a few people really understand things.

8:1The Teacher has tried to understand the things that have happened during his life. He cannot discover a reason for them. But he says that we should obey God. We should do that even if things are difficult to understand.