Ecclesiastes 8:2-14 NIV

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.1 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?2"

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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,3 though a man's misery weighs heavily upon him.

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      7 Since no man knows the future, who can tell him what is to come?
      8 No man has power over the wind to contain ita; so no one has power over the day of his death. As no one is discharged in time of war, so wickedness will not release those who practice it.

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        • a 8:8 - Or "over his spirit to retain it"
          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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            • b 8:9 - Or "to their"
              10 Then too, I saw the wicked buried4--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.

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                • c 8:10 - Some Hebrew manuscripts and Septuagint (Aquila); most Hebrew manuscripts "and are forgotten"
                  11 When the sentence for a crime is not quickly carried out, the hearts of the people are filled with schemes to do wrong.
                  12 Although a wicked man commits a hundred crimes and still lives a long time, I know that it will go better5 with God-fearing men,6 who are reverent before God.7

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                  13 Yet because the wicked do not fear God,8 it will not go well with them, and their days9 will not lengthen like a shadow.

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                  14 There is something else meaningless that occurs on earth: righteous men who get what the wicked deserve, and wicked men who get what the righteous deserve.10 This too, I say, is meaningless.11

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