“Even Wisdom Does Not Answer Why Are the Deeds of the Wicked Soon Forgotten 就算智慧都不回答為何惡人所作的很快被遺忘“（Ecclesiastes 傳道書 8:11-13）
When the sentence for a crime is not quickly carried out, people’s hearts are filled with schemes to do wrong. Although a wicked person who commits a hundred crimes may live a long time, I know that it will go better with those who fear God, who are reverent before him. Yet because the wicked do not fear God, it will not go well with them, and their days will not lengthen like a shadow.
Solomon (the Preacher) with his under the sun premise despaired that the wicked dead seem to be not punished after death. If wicked people are often not punished after death, they also are often not punished in this life. Thus their hearts are filled with schemes to do wrong! All these added to the sense of life’s meaninglessness for Solomon. While clinging to his under the sun premise the Preacher wished (knew) ‘it will go better with those who fear God, who are reverent before him …’ would be true but could not have ample confidence that it is since his past observation/experience of the temporal ‘reality’ did not match it.
Prayer: Sovereign God of Wisdom, mankind’s godless ingratitude is as deep a mystery as is your loving patience. Behind human schemes to do wrong, there is often a lucky (‘cheating death’) attitude of ‘catching me red-handed if you could.’ It is indeed strange and incredible that, with such constant failure of your love to win over human heart, you still persevere in it. We acknowledge your sovereignty over all creation that there is your appointed time to come clearing all evils. Your redemptive love in action through Jesus Christ, our Saviour and Lord, is worthy to be praised. Amen.