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  • PARALLEL BIBLE - Ecclesiastes 10:4


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    King James Bible - Ecclesiastes 10:4

    If the spirit of the ruler rise up against thee, leave not thy place; for yielding pacifieth great offences.

    World English Bible

    If the spirit of the ruler rises up against you, don't leave your
    place; for gentleness lays great offenses to rest.

    Douay-Rheims - Ecclesiastes 10:4

    If the spirit of him that hath
    power, ascend upon thee, leave not thy place: because care will make the greatest sins to cease.

    Webster's Bible Translation

    If the spirit of the ruler riseth against thee, leave not thy
    place; for yielding pacifieth great offenses.

    Original Hebrew

    אם
    518 רוח 7307 המושׁל 4910 תעלה 5927 עליך 5921 מקומך 4725 אל 408 תנח 3240 כי 3588 מרפא 4832 יניח 3240 חטאים 2399 גדולים׃ 1419

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    VERSE (4) -
    Ec 8:3

    SEV Biblia, Chapter 10:4

    ¶ Si el espíritu del seor se exaltare contra ti, no dejes tu lugar; porque la mansedumbre har reposar grandes pecados.

    Clarke's Bible Commentary - Ecclesiastes 10:4

    Verse 4. If the spirit of the
    ruler rise up against thee - If the king get incensed against thee.

    Leave not thy place - Humble thyself before him, that is thy place and duty; for yielding to him, and not standing stoutly in thy defense, pacifieth great offenses: and then, when his anger is appeased, he will hear any thing in thy justification, if thou have any thing to offer. This is good advice to a child in reference to his parents, and to an inferior of any kind in reference to his superiors.

    Several of the fathers understood this differently, It the spirit of the ruler-the influence of Satan-hath risen up against and prevailed over thee, to bring thee into some sin; leave not thy place-do not despair of God's mercy; humble thyself before him, and seek pardon through the Son of his love, and this will be aprm marpe, a remedy or cure even for ylwdg yafj chataim gedolim, great errors or sins. All this is true in itself, whether found in this text or not.


    John Gill's Bible Commentary

    Ver. 4. If the spirit of the ruler rise up against thee , etc.] The wrath of the civil magistrate, the chief ruler of the land, the sovereign prince or king, to whom men are and should be subject: if his wrath on any occasion breaks out in a furious manner, and, like a storm and tempest, is very blustering and threatening: leave not thy place ; at court; thine office under the prince, do not throw it up in a passion, and quit his service upon it; and much less forget thy duty and allegiance to him, and go into disloyalty and rebellion; (see Ecclesiastes 8:3); for yielding pacifieth great offences ; bearing his anger patiently, submitting to his displeasure quietly, making no returns, or at least giving soft answers, and behaving in a modest and humble manner; in time his wrath will subside, and he will be pacified, and forgive the offences committed; or be convinced that there were none, or however not so great as to require such resentment; (see Proverbs 15:1 25:15). The Targum is, if a spirit of evil concupiscence rules over thee; thy good place, in which thou wert used to stand, leave not: some understand this of a mans having a spirit of rule and government coming upon him, or of his being advanced to power and authority, that then he should not forget the low estate in which he had been. Jarchi interprets it of the spirit of the governor of the world, strictly inquiring into the actions of men; and healing their sins by chastisements, which cause them to leave them.

    Matthew Henry Commentary

    To
    preserve a character for wisdom. (Eccl. 10:1-3) Respecting subject and rulers. (Eccl. 10:4-10) Of foolish talk. (Eccl. 10:11-15) Duties of rulers and subjects. (Eccl. 10:16-20)

    Eccl. 10:1-3 Those especially who make a profession of religion, shoul keep from all appearances of evil. A wise man has great advantage ove a fool, who is always at a loss when he has anything to do. Sin is the reproach of sinners, wherever they go, and shows their folly.

    Eccl. 10:4-10 Solomon appears to caution men not to seek redress in hasty manner, nor to yield to pride and revenge. Do not, in a passion quit thy post of duty; wait awhile, and thou wilt find that yieldin pacifies great offences. Men are not preferred according to their merit. And those are often most forward to offer help, who are leas aware of the difficulties, or the consequences. The same remark i applied to the church, or the body of Christ, that all the member should have the same care one for another.

    Eccl. 10:11-15 There is a practice in the East, of charming serpents by music. The babbler's tongue is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison and contradiction only makes it the more violent. We must find the way to keep him gentle. But by rash, unprincipled, or slanderous talk, he brings open or secret vengeance upon himself. Would we duly conside our own ignorance as to future events, it would cut off many idle word which we foolishly multiply. Fools toil a great deal to no purpose They do not understand the plainest things, such as the entrance into great city. But it is the excellency of the way to the heavenly city that it is a high-way, in which the simplest wayfaring men shall no err, Is. 25:8. But sinful folly makes men miss that only way to happiness.

    Eccl. 10:16-20 The happiness of a land depends on the character of it rulers. The people cannot be happy when their princes are childish, an lovers of pleasure. Slothfulness is of ill consequence both to privat and public affairs. Money, of itself, will neither feed nor clothe though it answers the occasions of this present life, as what is to be had, may generally be had for money. But the soul, as it is no redeemed, so it is not maintained with corruptible things, as silve and gold. God sees what men do, and hears what they say in secret; and when he pleases, brings it to light by strange and unsuspected ways. I there be hazard in secret thoughts and whispers against earthly rulers what must be the peril from every deed, word, or thought of rebellio against the King of kings, and Lord of lords! He seeth in secret. Hi ear is ever open. Sinner! curse not THIS KING in thy inmost thought Your curses cannot affect Him; but his curse, coming down upon you will sink you to the lowest hell __________________________________________________________________


    Original Hebrew

    אם 518 רוח 7307 המושׁל 4910 תעלה 5927 עליך 5921 מקומך 4725 אל 408 תנח 3240 כי 3588 מרפא 4832 יניח 3240 חטאים 2399 גדולים׃ 1419


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