When a human judge seeks meaning in the abuses of the wicked or in the misfortunes of the righteous, if he is as honest with himself as the Preacher in Jerusalem, his pursuit of wisdom leads nowhere. As each door closes in his face and each path turns to vanity, he comes to a realization: every possibility he considers is judged by God.
“Although a sinner does evil a hundred times and may lengthen his life,” says the Preacher, “still I know that it will be well for those who fear God, and who fear him openly.”
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