For there is no lasting remembrance of the wise man as with the fool, inasmuch as in the coming days all will be forgotten And how the wise man and the fool alike die!
There is no remembrance of earlier things; And also of the later things which will occur, There will be for them no remembrance Among those who will come later still.
For the living know they will die; but the dead do not know anything, nor have they any longer a reward, for their memory is forgotten.
Now a new king arose over Egypt, who did not know Joseph.
For he sees that even wise men die; The stupid and the senseless alike perish And leave their wealth to others.
Will Your wonders be made known in the darkness? And Your righteousness in the land of forgetfulness?
When the wind has passed over it, it is no more, And its place acknowledges it no longer.
The wise man's eyes are in his head, but the fool walks in darkness And yet I know that one fate befalls them both.
For what advantage does the wise man have over the fool? What advantage does the poor man have, knowing how to walk before the living?
Then those who feared the LORD spoke to one another, and the LORD gave attention and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before Him for those who fear the LORD and who esteem His name.