1611 King James Bible

Ecclesiastes 8

Kings are greatly to be respected.

Ecclesiastes 8:1 Who [is] as the Wise man? and who knoweth the interpretation of a thing? a mans wisedome maketh his face to shine, and the boldnes of his face shalbe changed. Ecclesiastes 8:2 I [counsell thee], to keepe the kings commandement, and that in regard of the oath of God. Ecclesiastes 8:3 Bee not hastie to goe out of his sight: stand not in an euill thing, for he doeth whatsoeuer pleaseth him. Ecclesiastes 8:4 Where the word of a king [is, there is] power: and who may say vnto him, What doest thou? Ecclesiastes 8:5 Whoso keepeth the commandement, shall feele no euill thing: and a wise mans heart discerneth both time and iudgement.

The divine providence is to be observed.

Ecclesiastes 8:6 Because to euery purpose there is time, and iudgement; therefore the misery of man [is] great vpon him. Ecclesiastes 8:7 For hee knoweth not that which shall be: for who can tell him, when it shall be? Ecclesiastes 8:8 [There is] no man that hath power ouer the spirit to retaine the spirit; neither [hath] he power in the day of death: and [there is] no discharge in that warre, neither shall wickednesse deliuer those that are giuen to it. Ecclesiastes 8:9 All this haue I seene, and applied my heart vnto euery worke that is done vnder the Sunne: [there is] a time wherein one man ruleth ouer another to his owne hurt. Ecclesiastes 8:10 And so I saw the wicked buried, who had come, and gone from the place of the Holy, and they were forgotten in the city, where they had so done: this [is] also vanitie. Ecclesiastes 8:11 Because sentence [against] an euill worke is not executed speedily; therefore the heart of the sonnes of men is fully set in them to doe euill.

It is better with the godly in adversity, than with the wicked in prosperity.

Ecclesiastes 8:12 Though a sinner doe euill an hundred times, and his [dayes] be prolonged; yet surely I know that it shall be well with them that feare God, which feare before him. Ecclesiastes 8:13 But it shall not be well with the wicked, neither shall hee prolong [his] dayes [which are] as a shadow; because he feareth not before God. Ecclesiastes 8:14 There is a vanitie which is done vpon the earth, that there be iust men vnto whom it happeneth according to the worke of the wicked: againe, there be wicked men, to whom it happeneth according to the worke of the righteous: I said, that this also [is] vanitie. Ecclesiastes 8:15 Then I commended mirth, because a man hath no better thing vnder the Sunne, then to eate and to drinke, and to be merrie: for that shall abide with him of his labour, the dayes of his life, which God giueth him vnder the Sunne.

The work of God is unsearchable.

Ecclesiastes 8:16 When I applied mine heart to know wisedome, and to see the busines that is done vpon the earth: (for also [there is that] neither day nor night seeth sleepe with his eyes.) Ecclesiastes 8:17 Then I behelde all the worke of God, that a man cannot finde out the worke that is done vnder the Sunne: because though a man labour to seeke [it] out, yea further though a wise man thinke to know [it], yet shall hee not be able to finde [it].

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