9 All this I saw, as I applied my mind to everything done under the sun. There is a time when a man lords it over others to his own[1] hurt.

The Inequalities of Life

10 Then too, I saw the wicked buried-those who used to come and go from the holy place and receive praise[2] in the city where they did this. This too is meaningless. 11 When the sentence for a crime is not quickly carried out, people's hearts are filled with schemes to do wrong. 12 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. 13 Yet because the wicked do not fear God, it will not go well with them, and their days will not lengthen like a shadow.

Matthew Henry's Commentary on Ecclesiastes 8:9-13

Commentary on Ecclesiastes 8:9-13

(Read Ecclesiastes 8:9-13)

Solomon observed, that many a time one man rules over another to his hurt, and that prosperity hardens them in their wickedness. Sinners herein deceive themselves. Vengeance comes slowly, but it comes surely. A good man's days have some substance; he lives to a good purpose: a wicked man's days are all as a shadow, empty and worthless. Let us pray that we may view eternal things as near, real, and all-important.