Ecclesiastes 8:2-12 CEBA

Watch out for power

2 Keepa the king's command as you would keep a solemn pledge.

References for Ecclesiastes 8:2

    • u 8:2 - Correction; Heb <i>I (say?) keep</i>
      3 Don't be dismayed; leave his presence. Don't linger in a harmful situation because he can do whatever he wants!
      4 Because the king's word has authority, no one can say to him, "What are you doing?"
      5 Whoever keeps a command will meet no harm, and the wise heart knows the right time and the right way
      6 because there's a right time and right way for every matter. But human misfortunes are overwhelming
      7 because no one knows what will happen, and no one can say when something might happen.
      8 No one has control over the life-breath,b to retain it, and there's no control over the day of death. There's no release from war, and wickedness won't deliver those who practice it.

      References for Ecclesiastes 8:8

        • v 8:8 - Or <i>wind</i>
          9 I observed all of this as I paid attention to all that happens under the sun. Sometimes people exercise power over each other to their detriment.
          10 Then I saw the wicked brought to their graves, with people processing from a holy place,c while those who had lived honestly were neglected in the city. This too is pointless.

          References for Ecclesiastes 8:10

            • w 8:10 - Or <i>temple</i>
              11 The condemnation for wicked acts isn't carried out quickly; that's why people dare to do evil.
              12 Wrongdoers may commit a hundred crimes but still live long lives. But I also know that it will go well for those who fear God, for those who are reverent before God.