Ecclesiastes 8 RHE/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 The wisdom of a man shineth in his countenance, and the most mighty will change his face. 1 Who is like the wise man? Who knows the explanation of things? Wisdom brightens a man's face and changes its hard appearance.
2 I observe the mouth of the king, and the commandments of the oath of God. 2 Obey the king's command, I say, because you took an oath before God.
3 Be not hasty to depart from his face, and do not continue in an evil work: for he will do all that pleaseth him: 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.
4 And his word is full of power: neither can any man say to him: Why dost thou so? 4 Since a king's word is supreme, who can say to him, "What are you doing?"
5 He that keepeth the commandment, shall find no evil. The heart of a wiser man understandeth time and answer. 5 Whoever obeys his command will come to no harm, and the wise heart will know the proper time and procedure.
6 There is a time and opportunity for every business, and great affliction for man: 6 For there is a proper time and procedure for every matter, though a man's misery weighs heavily upon him.
7 Because he is ignorant of things past, and things to come he cannot know by any messenger. 7 Since no man knows the future, who can tell him what is to come?
8 It is not in man’s power to stop the spirit, neither hath he power in the day of death, neither is he suffered to rest when war is at hand, neither shall wickedness save the wicked. 8 No man has power over the wind to contain it; 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.
9 All these things I have considered, and applied my heart to all the works that are done under the sun. Sometimes one man ruleth over another to his own hurt. 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 own hurt.
10 I saw the wicked buried: who also when they were yet living were in the holy place, and were praised in the city as men of just works: but this also is vanity. 10 Then too, I saw the wicked buried--those who used to come and go from the holy place and receive praise in the city where they did this. This too is meaningless.
11 For because sentence is not speedily pronounced against the evil, the children of men commit evils without any fear. 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 But though a sinner do evil a hundred times, and by patience be borne withal, I know from thence that it shall be well with them that fear God, who dread his face. 12 Although a wicked man commits a hundred crimes and still lives a long time, I know that it will go better with God-fearing men, who are reverent before God.
13 But let it not be well with the wicked, neither let his days be prolonged, but as a shadow let them pass away that fear not the face of the Lord. 13 Yet because the wicked do not fear God, it will not go well with them, and their days will not lengthen like a shadow.
14 There is also another vanity, which is done upon the earth. There are just men to whom evils happen, as though they had done the works of the wicked: and there are wicked men, who are as secure as though they had the deeds of the just: but this also I judge most vain. 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. This too, I say, is meaningless.
15 Therefore I commended mirth, because there was no good for a man under the sun, but to eat, and drink, and be merry, and that he should take nothing else with him of his labour in the days of his life, which God hath given him under the sun. 15 So I commend the enjoyment of life, because nothing is better for a man under the sun than to eat and drink and be glad. Then joy will accompany him in his work all the days of the life God has given him under the sun.
16 And I applied my heart to know wisdom, and to understand the distraction that is upon earth: for there are some that day and night take no sleep with their eyes. 16 When I applied my mind to know wisdom and to observe man's labor on earth--his eyes not seeing sleep day or night--
17 And I understood that man can find no reason of all those works of God that are done under the sun: and the more he shall labour to seek, so much the less shall he find: yea, though the wise man shall say, that he knoweth it, he shall not be able to find it. 17 then I saw all that God has done. No one can comprehend what goes on under the sun. Despite all his efforts to search it out, man cannot discover its meaning. Even if a wise man claims he knows, he cannot really comprehend it.