Ecclesiastes 8:1-6 (The Message)

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1 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. 2 Do what your king commands; you gave a sacred oath of obedience. 3 Don't worryingly second-guess your orders or try to back out when the task is unpleasant. You're serving his pleasure, not yours. 4 The king has the last word. Who dares say to him, "What are you doing?" 5 Carrying out orders won't hurt you a bit; the wise person obeys promptly and accurately. 6 Yes, there's a right time and way for everything, even though, unfortunately, we miss it for the most part.
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