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

 
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2 Keep the king's command because of your sacred oath. 2 Obey the king's command, I say, because you took an oath before God.
3 Do not be terrified; go from his presence, do not delay when the matter is unpleasant, for he does whatever he pleases. 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 For the word of the king is powerful, and who can say to him, "What are you doing?" 4 Since a king's word is supreme, who can say to him, "What are you doing?"