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Ecclesiastes 8

Kings are greatly to be respected.

Ecclesiastes 8:1 Who is wyse? Who hath knowledge to make answere? A mans wysdome maketh hys face to shine: but vnshamefastnes putteth it out of fauoure. Ecclesiastes 8:2 I must kepe the kynges commaundement, and the oth that I haue made vnto God. Ecclesiastes 8:3 Be not hastye to go out of hys syght, and se thou continue in no euell thinge: for whatsoeuer it pleaseth hym, that doeth he. Ecclesiastes 8:4 Lyke as when a kynge geueth a charge, his commaundement is myghtye: Euen so who maye saye vnto him: what doest þu? Ecclesiastes 8:5 Who so kepeth the commaundement: shall fele no harme: but a wyse mans herte discerneth þe tyme & iudgement:

The divine providence is to be observed.

Ecclesiastes 8:6 For euery thing will haue oportunite & iudgement, and this is the thynge that maketh men full of carefulnes and 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 man þt hath power ouer the sprete, to kepe styll þe sprete, ner to haue eny power in the tyme of death: is it not he also that can make an ende of the battayle, nether maye vngodlynes deliuer them that medle with all. Ecclesiastes 8:9 All these thinges haue I considered, and applied my mynde vnto euery worcke that is vnder the sonne: howe one man hath lordshype vpon another to his awne harme. Ecclesiastes 8:10 For I haue seane often þe vngodly brought to ther graues: and yet they haue retorned into the citye ageyne, and came from the place of holy men, which in the citye were growen out of memory as were those also that lyued well. Thys is also a vayne thynge. Ecclesiastes 8:11 Because now that euell worckes are not hastely punysshed, the hert of man geueth hym selfe ouer vnto wyckednesse.

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

Ecclesiastes 8:12 But though an euell persone offende an hundred tymes, & God differ gyuinge him longe lyfe: yet am I sure, þt it shal go well wt them that feare God, because they haue him before their eyes. Ecclesiastes 8:13 Agayne, as for þe vngodly it shall not be well wt him, nether shall he prolonge his dayes: but euen as a shadowe, so shall he be that feareth not God. Ecclesiastes 8:14 Yet is there a vanyte vpon earth: There be iust men, vnto whom it happeneth, as though they had the worckes of the vngodly: Agayne, there be vngodly, with whom it goeth as though they had the workes of the ryghteous. Thys haue I called also a vayne thyng. Ecclesiastes 8:15 Therfore I commende gladnesse, because a man hath no better thing vnder the Sunne, then to eate and dryncke, & to be mery: for þt shall he haue of his labour all the dayes of his lyfe, which God geueth him vnder the sunne.

The work of God is unsearchable.

Ecclesiastes 8:16 And so I applied my mynde to learne wysdome, & to knowe the trauayle that is in the worlde (and þt of soch a fassyon, þt I suffred not myne eyes to slepe nether daye ner nyght) Ecclesiastes 8:17 I vnderstode of all the workes of God, but it is not possible for a man, to attayne vnto the workes þt are done vnder the Sunne: and though he bestowe his laboure to seke them out, yet can he not reach vnto them: yee though a wyse man wolde vntertake to knowe them, yet shall he not fynde them.

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