English Revised Version

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 man's wisdom maketh his face to shine, and the hardness of his face is changed. Ecclesiastes 8:2 I [counsel thee], Keep the king's command, and that in regard of the oath of God. Ecclesiastes 8:3 Be not hasty to go out of his presence; persist not in an evil thing: for he doeth whatsoever pleaseth him. Ecclesiastes 8:4 Because the king's word [hath] power; and who may say unto him, What doest thou? Ecclesiastes 8:5 Whoso keepeth the commandment shall know no evil thing; and a wise man's heart discerneth time and judgment:

The divine providence is to be observed.

Ecclesiastes 8:6 for to every purpose there is a time and judgment; because the misery of man is great upon him: Ecclesiastes 8:7 for he knoweth not that which shall be; for who can tell him how it shall be? Ecclesiastes 8:8 There is no man that hath power over the spirit to retain the spirit; neither hath he power over the day of death; and there is no discharge in [that] war: neither shall wickedness deliver him that is given to it. Ecclesiastes 8:9 All this have I seen, and applied my heart unto every work that is done under the sun: [there is] a time wherein one man hath power over another to his hurt. Ecclesiastes 8:10 And withal I saw the wicked buried, and they came [to the grave]; and they that had done right went away from the holy place, and were forgotten in the city: this also is vanity. Ecclesiastes 8:11 Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil.

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

Ecclesiastes 8:12 Though a sinner do evil an hundred times, and prolong his [days], yet surely I know that it shall be well with them that fear God, which fear before him: Ecclesiastes 8:13 but it shall not be well with the wicked, neither shall he prolong his days, [which are] as a shadow; because he feareth not before God. Ecclesiastes 8:14 There is a vanity which is done upon the earth; that there be righteous men, unto whom it happeneth according to the work of the wicked; again, there be wicked men, to whom it happeneth according to the work of the righteous: I said that this also is vanity. Ecclesiastes 8:15 Then I commended mirth, because a man hath no better thing under the sun, than to eat, and to drink, and to be merry: for that shall abide with him in his labour [all] the days of his life which God hath given him under the sun.

The work of God is unsearchable.

Ecclesiastes 8:16 When I applied mine heart to know wisdom, and to see the business that is done upon the earth: (for also there is that neither day nor night seeth sleep with his eyes:) Ecclesiastes 8:17 then I beheld all the work of God, that man cannot find out the work that is done under the sun: because however much a man labour to seek it out, yet he shall not find it; yea moreover, though a wise man think to know it, yet shall he not be able to find it.

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