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Ecclesiastes 8

1  Who is as the wise man? and who knoweth the interpretation of a thing? a man's wisdom maketh his face to shine, and the boldness of his face shall be changed.

2  I counsel thee to keep the king's commandment, and that in regard of the oath of God.

3  Be not hasty to go out of his sight: stand not in an evil thing; for he doeth whatsoever pleaseth him.

4  Where the word of a king is, there is power: and who may say unto him, What doest thou?

5  Whoso keepeth the commandment shall feel no evil thing: and a wise man's heart discerneth both time and judgment.

6  Because to every purpose there is time and judgment, therefore the misery of man is great upon him.

7  For he knoweth not that which shall be: for who can tell him when it shall be?

8  There is no man that hath power over the spirit to retain the spirit; neither hath he power in the day of death: and there is no discharge in that war; neither shall wickedness deliver those that are given to it.

9  All this have I seen, and applied my heart unto every work that is done under the sun: there is a time wherein one man ruleth over another to his own hurt.

10  And so I saw the wicked buried, who had come and gone from the place of the holy, and they were forgotten in the city where they had so done: this is also vanity.



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