Matthew Bible

Ecclesiastes 8

Kings are greatly to be respected.

Ecclesiastes 8:1 wher as no man hath wysdome and vnderstandynge, to geue answere thereunto. Wysdome maketh a mans face to shyne, but malyce putteth it oute of fauoure. Ecclesiastes 8:2 Kepe the kynges commaundemente (I warne the) and the othe that thou haste made vnto god. Ecclesiastes 8:3 Be not hasty to go out of hys syght, and se thou contynue in no euell thynge: for whatsoeuer it pleaseth him, that doth he, Ecclesiastes 8:4 Lyke as when a kynge geueth a charge, hys commaundemente is myghtye: Euen so who maye saye vnto hym what doest thou? Ecclesiastes 8:5 Who so kepeth the commaundement, shal fele no harme: but a wise mans herte discerneth tyme and maner:

The divine providence is to be observed.

Ecclesiastes 8:6 For euerye thinge wil haue oportunite and iudgement, and thys is the thynge that maketh men ful 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 any man that hath power ouer the spirite, to kepe styll the spirite, ner to haue any power in the tyme of death: it is not he also that can make an ende of the battail, nether maye vngodlynes delyuer him that medleth with al. Ecclesiastes 8:9 All these thynges haue I consydered, and applyed my mynde vnto euerye worcke that is vnder the Sonne: howe one man hath lordshyppe vpon another to hys owne harme. Ecclesiastes 8:10 For I haue oft sene the vngodly broughte to their graues, and fallen downe from the hye & glorious place: in so muche that they were forgotten in the cytye, where they were had in so hye and greate reputacyon. This is also a vayne thynge. Ecclesiastes 8:11 Because now that euell worckes are not hastely punyshed the herte 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 thoughe an euell persone offende an hundred tymes, and haue a longe life: yet am I sure, that it shall go well wyth them that feare God, because they haue hym before their eyes. Ecclesiastes 8:13 Againe, as for the vngodly, it shal not be well wyth hym, neyther shall he prolonge his dayes: but euen as a shaddowe, so shal he be that feareth not God. Ecclesiastes 8:14 Yet is there a vanitye vpon earth: There be iust men, vnto whome it happeneth, as thoughte they had the workes of the vngodly: Agayne, there be vngodly, wyth whom it goeth as though they had the worckes of the ryghtuousnes, Thys me thynke also a vayne thyng. Ecclesiastes 8:15 Therfore I commaunde gladnesse, because a man hath no better thynge vnder the Sonne, then to eate and dryncke, and to be mery: for that shal he haue of his laboure al þe dayes of hys lyfe, whych God geueth hym vnder the Sonne.

The work of God is unsearchable.

Ecclesiastes 8:16 When I applied my mind to learne wysdome, and to knowe the trauail that is in the worlde (and that of such a fashion, that I suffred not myne eyes to slepe nether daye ner nyghte) Ecclesiastes 8:17 I vnderstode of all the workes of god, that it is not impossyble for a man, to attaine vnto the workes that are done vnder the Sunne: and thoughe he bestowe his laboure to seke them oute, yet can he not reach vnto them: yea though a wise man would vndertake to knowe them, yet myght he not fynde them.

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