Parallel Bible results for Ecclesiastes 8

Holman Christian Standard Bible

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Ecclesiastes 8

CSB 1 Who is like the wise person, and who knows the interpretation of a matter? A man's wisdom brightens his face, and the sternness of his face is changed. NIV 1 Who is like the wise? Who knows the explanation of things? A person’s wisdom brightens their face and changes its hard appearance. CSB 2 Keep the king's command. Concerning an oath by God, NIV 2 Obey the king’s command, I say, because you took an oath before God. CSB 3 do not be in a hurry. Leave his presence, and don't persist in a bad cause, since he will do whatever he wants. NIV 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. CSB 4 For the king's word is authoritative, and who can say to him, "What are you doing?" NIV 4 Since a king’s word is supreme, who can say to him, “What are you doing?” CSB 5 The one who keeps a command will not experience anything harmful, and a wise heart knows the right time and procedure. NIV 5 Whoever obeys his command will come to no harm, and the wise heart will know the proper time and procedure. CSB 6 For every activity there is a right time and procedure, even though man's troubles are heavy on him. NIV 6 For there is a proper time and procedure for every matter, though a person may be weighed down by misery. CSB 7 Yet no one knows what will happen, because who can tell him what will happen? NIV 7 Since no one knows the future, who can tell someone else what is to come? CSB 8 No one has authority over the wind to restrain it, and there is no authority over the day of death; there is no furlough in battle, and wickedness will not allow those who practice it to escape. NIV 8 As no one has power over the wind to contain it, so no one has power over the time of their death. As no one is discharged in time of war, so wickedness will not release those who practice it. CSB 9 All this I have seen, applying my mind to all the work that is done under the sun, at a time when one man has authority over another to his harm. NIV 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. CSB 10 In such circumstances, I saw the wicked buried. They came and went from the holy place, and they were praised in the city where they did so. This too is futile. NIV 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. CSB 11 Because the sentence against a criminal act is not carried out quickly, therefore the heart of people is filled [with the desire] to commit crime. NIV 11 When the sentence for a crime is not quickly carried out, people’s hearts are filled with schemes to do wrong. CSB 12 Although a sinner commits crime a hundred times and prolongs his life, yet I also know that it will go well with God-fearing people, for they are reverent before Him. NIV 12 Although a wicked person who commits a hundred crimes may live a long time, I know that it will go better with those who fear God, who are reverent before him. CSB 13 However, it will not go well with the wicked, and they will not lengthen their days like a shadow, for they are not reverent before God. NIV 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. CSB 14 There is a futility that is done on the earth: there are righteous people who get what the actions of the wicked deserve, and there are wicked people who get what the actions of the righteous deserve. I say that this too is futile. NIV 14 There is something else meaningless that occurs on earth: the righteous who get what the wicked deserve, and the wicked who get what the righteous deserve. This too, I say, is meaningless. CSB 15 So I commended enjoyment, because there is nothing better for man under the sun except to eat, drink, and enjoy himself, for this will accompany him in his labor during the years of his days that God gives him under the sun. NIV 15 So I commend the enjoyment of life, because there is nothing better for a person under the sun than to eat and drink and be glad. Then joy will accompany them in their toil all the days of the life God has given them under the sun. CSB 16 When I applied my mind to know wisdom and to observe the activity that is done on the earth (even though one's eyes do not close in sleep day or night), NIV 16 When I applied my mind to know wisdom and to observe the labor that is done on earth—people getting no sleep day or night— CSB 17 I observed all the work of God [and concluded] that man is unable to discover the work that is done under the sun. Even though a man labors hard to explore it, he cannot find it; even if the wise man claims to know it, he is unable to discover it. NIV 17 then I saw all that God has done. No one can comprehend what goes on under the sun. Despite all their efforts to search it out, no one can discover its meaning. Even if the wise claim they know, they cannot really comprehend it.

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