Who is like the wise man? Who knows the explanation of things? Wisdom brightens a man's face and changes its hard appearance.
Obey the king's command, I say, because you took an oath before God.
References for Ecclesiastes 8:2
Do not be in a hurry to leave the king's presence.1 Do not stand up for a bad cause, for he will do whatever he pleases.
References for Ecclesiastes 8:3
Since a king's word is supreme, who can say to him, "What are you doing?2"
References for Ecclesiastes 8:4
Whoever obeys his command will come to no harm, and the wise heart will know the proper time and procedure.
For there is a proper time and procedure for every matter,3 though a man's misery weighs heavily upon him.
References for Ecclesiastes 8:6