Ecclesiastes 8:1-9New American Standard Bible (NASB)
8 Who is like the wise man and who knows the interpretation of a matter? A man’s wisdom illumines [a]him and causes his stern face to [b]beam.
2 I say, “Keep the [c]command of the king because of the oath [d]before God.3 Do not be in a hurry [e]to leave him. Do not join in an evil matter, for he will do whatever he pleases.”4 Since the word of the king is authoritative, who will say to him, “What are you doing?”
5 He who keeps a royal command experiences no [f]trouble, for a wise heart knows the proper time and procedure.6 For there is a proper time and procedure for every delight, though a man’s trouble is heavy upon him.7 If no one knows what will happen, who can tell him when it will happen?8 No man has authority to restrain the wind with the wind, or authority over the day of death; and there is no discharge in the time of war, and evil will not deliver [g]those who practice it.9 All this I have seen and applied my [h]mind to every deed that has been done under the sun wherein a man has exercised authority over another man to his hurt.
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