Ec 8:1Who is like the wise man? And who knows the interpretation of a matter? A man’s wisdom makes his face shine, and the sternness of his face is changed.

Ec 8:2I say, Keep the commandment of the king, and that, because of the oath before God.

Ec 8:3Do not hurry to leave him; do not join in an evil matter, for he will do whatever he pleases.

Ec 8:4For the king’s word is powerful, and who will say to him, What are you doing?

Ec 8:5He who keeps the commandment will know nothing evil, and a wise man’s heart will know the proper time and manner.

Ec 8:6For there is a proper time and manner for every purpose, although the misery of man is heavy upon him;

Ec 8:7For he does not know what will be, for who can tell him how it will be?

Ec 8:8There is no man who has power over his breath to retain his breath, and no one has power over the day of death; and there is no discharge in the battle, nor will wickedness deliver its own master.

Ec 8:9All this I have seen, and I applied my heart to every work that is done under the sun when a man overpowers another man to his hurt.

Ec 8:10And then I saw the wicked buried, who before had gone in and come forth from the holy place and were forgotten in the city where they had thus acted. This also is vanity.

Ec 8:11Because the sentence against an evil deed is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the children of men is fully set within them to do evil.

Ec 8:12Although a sinner does evil a hundred times and prolongs his life, yet I also know that it will be well with the God-fearing who are in fear before Him;

Ec 8:13But it will not be well with the wicked man, nor will he prolong his days like a shadow, because he is not in fear before God.

Ec 8:14There is a vanity that is done on the earth, that there are righteous men to whom things happen according to the deeds of the wicked and there are wicked men to whom things happen according to the deeds of the righteous. I say that this also is vanity.

Ec 8:15So I praised pleasure, because there is nothing better for man under the sun than to eat and to drink and to rejoice; for that will stay with him in his labor during the days of his life which God has given him under the sun.

Ec 8:16When I set my heart to know wisdom and to see the travail that is done on the earth (even though man’s eyes do not see sleep day or night),

Ec 8:17Then I saw every work of God, that man cannot find out the work that is done under the sun, because however man labors to seek it out, he will not find it out; and even if the wise man says that he will come to know it, he is not able to find it out.

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