here's nothing better than being wise, Knowing how to interpret the meaning of life. Wisdom puts light in the eyes, And gives gentleness to words and manners.
Do what your king commands; you gave a sacred oath of obedience.
Don't worryingly second-guess your orders or try to back out when the task is unpleasant. You're serving his pleasure, not yours.
The king has the last word. Who dares say to him, "What are you doing?"
Carrying out orders won't hurt you a bit; the wise person obeys promptly and accurately.
Yes, there's a right time and way for everything, even though, unfortunately, we miss it for the most part.
It's true that no one knows what's going to happen, or when. Who's around to tell us?
No one can control the wind or lock it in a box. No one has any say-so regarding the day of death. No one can stop a battle in its tracks. No one who does evil can be saved by evil.
All this I observed as I tried my best to understand all that's going on in this world. As long as men and women have the power to hurt each other, this is the way it is.
One time I saw wicked men given a solemn burial in holy ground. When the people returned to the city, they delivered flowery eulogies - and in the very place where wicked acts were done by those very men! More smoke. Indeed.
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved. (The Message Bible Online)