Ecclesiastes 8:1-9

Keep the King's Command

1 Who is like the wise? And who knows the interpretation of a thing? 1A man's wisdom makes his face shine, and 2the hardness of his face is changed.
2 I say:a Keep the king's command, because of 3God's oath to him.b
3 Be not hasty to 4go from his presence. Do not take your stand in an evil cause, for he does whatever he pleases.
4 For the word of the king is supreme, and 5who may say to him, "What are you doing?"
5 Whoever keeps a command will know no evil thing, and the wise heart will know the proper time and the just way.
6 For there is a time and a way 6for everything, although man's troublec lies heavy on him.
7 For he 7does not know what is to be, for 8who can tell him how it will be?
8 No man has power to 9retain the spirit, 10or power over the day of death. There is no 11discharge from war, nor will wickedness deliver those who are given to it.
9 12All this I observed while applying my heart to all that is done under the sun, when man had power over man to his hurt.