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Ecclesiastes 8:2-4 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

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2 Obey the king because you have vowed before God to do this. 2 Obey the king's command, I say, because you took an oath before God.
3 Don't try to avoid doing your duty, and don't take a stand with those who plot evil. For the king will punish those who disobey 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 The king's command is backed by great power. No one can resist or question it. 4 Since a king's word is supreme, who can say to him, "What are you doing?"