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Ecclesiastes 8

Kings are greatly to be respected.

Ecclesiastes 8:1 where as no man hath wysdome & vnderstodinge, to geue answere there vnto. Wysdome maketh a mas face to shyne, but malice putteth it out of fauoure. Ecclesiastes 8:2 Kepe the kynges commaundemet (I warne the) & the ooth yt thou hast made vnto God. Ecclesiastes 8:3 Be not haistie to go out of his sight, & se thou cotynue in no euell thinge: for what so euer it pleaseth him, yt doeth he. Ecclesiastes 8:4 Like as when a kynge geueth a charge, his commaundement is mightie: Euen so who maye saye vnto him: what doest thou? Ecclesiastes 8:5 Who so kepeth the commaundement, shall fele no harme: but a wyse mans herte discerneth tyme and maner:

The divine providence is to be observed.

Ecclesiastes 8:6 For euery thinge wil haue opportunite and iudgment, and this is the thinge that maketh men full of carefulnes & sorowe. Ecclesiastes 8:7 And why? a man knoweth not what is for to come, for who wyll tell him? Ecclesiastes 8:8 Nether is there eny ma yt hath power ouer ye sprete, to kepe stil ye sprete, ner to haue eny power in the tyme of death: It is not he also that can make an ende of the batayll, nether maye vngodlynes delyuer him yt medleth withall. Ecclesiastes 8:9 All these thinges haue I considered, and applied my mynde vnto euery worke that is vnder the Sonne: how one man hath lordshipe vpon another to his owne harme. Ecclesiastes 8:10 For I haue oft sene ye vngodly brought to their graues, and fallen downe from the hye and glorious place: in so moch yt they were forgotten in the cite, where they were had in so hye & greate reputacion. This is also a vayne thinge. Ecclesiastes 8:11 Because now that euell workes are not haistely punyshed, the hert of man geueth him self ouer vnto wickednesse:

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

Ecclesiastes 8:12 But though an euell personne offende an hundreth tymes, and haue a longe life: yet am I sure, that it shal go well with the that feare God, because they haue him before their eyes. Ecclesiastes 8:13 Agayne, as for the vngodly, it shall not be well with him, nether shal he prologe his dayes: but euen as a shadowe, so shall he be that feareth not God. Ecclesiastes 8:14 Yet is there a vanite vpon earth: There be iust men, vnto whom it happeneth, as though they had the workes of the vngodly: Agayne, there be vngodly, with whom it goeth as though they had the workes of ye rightuous. This me thinke also a vaine thinge. Ecclesiastes 8:15 Therfore I commende gladnesse, because a man hath no better thinge vnder the Sonne, then to eate and drynke, and to be mery: for that shal he haue of his laboure all the daies of his life, which God geueth him vnder the Sonne.

The work of God is unsearchable.

Ecclesiastes 8:16 When I applied my mynde to lerne wysdome, and to knowe the trauayle that is in the worlde (and that of soch a fashion, yt I suffred not myne eyes to slepe nether daye ner night) Ecclesiastes 8:17 I vnderstode of all ye workes of God, that it is not possible for a man, to attayne vnto ye workes that are done vnder ye Sonne: and though he bestowe his laboure to seke them out, yet can he not reach vnto the: yee though a wyse man wolde vndertake to knowe them, yet might he not fynde them.

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