Ecclesiastes 8:1-10 NIV

1 Who is like the wise? Who knows the explanation of things? A person’s wisdom brightens their face and changes its hard appearance.

Obey the King

2 Obey the king’s command, I say, because you took an oath before God.

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      3 Do not be in a hurry to leave the king’s presence. Do not stand up for a bad cause, for he will do whatever he pleases.

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      4 Since a king’s word is supreme, who can say to him, “What are you doing?”

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      5 Whoever obeys his command will come to no harm, and the wise heart will know the proper time and procedure.
      6 For there is a proper time and procedure for every matter, though a person may be weighed down by misery.

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      7 Since no one knows the future, who can tell someone else what is to come?
      8 As no one has power over the wind to contain it, soa no one has power over the time of their death. As no one is discharged in time of war, so wickedness will not release those who practice it.

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        • h 8:8 - Or "over the human spirit to retain it," / "and so"
          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 ownb hurt.

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            • i 8:9 - Or "to their"
              10 Then too, I saw the wicked buried—those who used to come and go from the holy place and receive praisec in the city where they did this. This too is meaningless.

              References for Ecclesiastes 8:10

                • j 8:10 - Some Hebrew manuscripts and Septuagint (Aquila); most Hebrew manuscripts "and are forgotten"