Keep the King's Command

Ecclesiastes 8

1 Who is like a wise man?
And who knows the interpretation of a thing?
a A man's wisdom makes his face shine,
And b the 1 sternness of his face is changed.

2 I say, "Keep the king's commandment c for the sake of your oath to God. 3 d "Do not be hasty to go from his presence. Do not take your stand for an evil thing, for he does whatever pleases him." 4 Where the word of a king is, there is power;
And e who may say to him, "What are you doing?"
5 He who keeps his command will experience nothing harmful;
And a wise man's heart 2 discerns both time and judgment,
6 Because f for every matter there is a time and judgment,
Though the misery of man 3 increases greatly.
7 g For he does not know what will happen;
So who can tell him when it will occur?
8 h No one has power over the spirit to retain the spirit,
And no one has power in the day of death.
There is i no release from that war,
And wickedness will not deliver those who are given to it.
9 All this I have seen, and applied my heart to every work that is done under the sun: There is a time in which one man rules over another to his own hurt.

New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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