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  • PARALLEL BIBLE - Ecclesiastes 8:2

    CHAPTERS: Ecclesiastes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12     

    VERSES: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17




    King James Bible - Ecclesiastes 8:2

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

    World English Bible

    I say, "Keep the king's command!" because of the oath to God.

    Douay-Rheims - Ecclesiastes 8:2

    I observe the mouth of the king, and the commandments of the oath of God.

    Webster's Bible Translation

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

    Original Hebrew

    589 פי 6310 מלך 4428 שׁמור 8104 ועל 5921 דברת 1700 שׁבועת 7621 אלהים׃ 430

    Treasury of Scriptural Knowledge

    VERSE (2) -
    Pr 24:21 Ro 13:1-4 Tit 3:1 1Pe 2:13-17

    SEV Biblia, Chapter 8:2

    Yo te aviso que guardes el mandamiento del rey y la palabra del pacto que hiciste con Dios.

    Clarke's Bible Commentary - Ecclesiastes 8:2

    Verse 2. To keep the king's
    commandment - This sentence would be better translated, I keep the mouth of the king; I take good heed not to meddle with state secrets; and if I know, to hide them. Or, I am obedient to the commands of the laws; I feel myself bound by whatever the king has decreed.

    In regard of the oath of God. - You have sworn obedience to him; keep your oath, for the engagement was made in the presence of God. It appears that the Jewish princes and chiefs took an oath of fidelity to their kings. This appears to have been done to David, 2 Sam. v. 1-3; to Joash, 2 Kings xi. 17; and to Solomon, 1 Chron. xxix. 24.

    John Gill's Bible Commentary

    Ver. 2. I [counsel thee] to keep the king’s commandment , etc.] Or, “to observe the mouth of the king” f192 ; what he says, and do according to it when it is agreeably to the law of God, and according to the laws of the kingdom, by which he is to govern; for kings are to be honoured, obeyed, and submitted to, in the lawful discharge of their office: and such counsel and advice as this is wholesome; and, being taken, contributes much, as to the honour of kings, so to the good of kingdoms and states, and to a man’s own peace and comfort. Aben Ezra supplies it, “I command thee, or I admonish thee;” for it may be either a charge, or art advice, respecting this and what follows. Jarchi supplies and paraphrases it thus, “I have need, and am prepared, to observe the mouth (or keep the commandment) of the King of the world;” and so Alshech, “observe that which goes out of the mouth of the King of the world.”

    And indeed, to understand it, not of an earthly king, but of the King of kings, as it is understood by other interpreters also, suits better with what is said of this King in the following verses; whose commandments, which are not grievous, but to be loved above fine gold, should be kept from a principle of love, without mercenary and selfish views, as they are delivered out by him, and to his glory; and such a charge as this should be attended to, and such counsel be received; and [that] in regard of the oath of God ; who has swore, that if his children forsake his law, and walk not in his statutes, he will visit their transgressions with a rod, and their iniquities with stripes; and therefore should be careful to keep his commandments, ( Psalm 89:30-35). Those who interpret this of an earthly king, by the oath of God understand the oath of allegiance and fidelity to him, taken in the name and presence of God, and therefore for conscience’s sake should obey him: or render it, “but [so that thou observest] the manner of the oath of God” f193 ; or takest care to obey him; or do nothing in obedience to kings, which is contrary to the will of God; for God is to be obeyed rather than men, ( Acts 4:19 5:29); especially, and above all things, that is to be regarded.

    Matthew Henry Commentary

    Commendations of wisdom. (Eccl. 8:1-5) To prepare for sudden evils an death. (Eccl. 8:6-8) It shall be well with the righteous, and ill with the wicked. (Eccl. 8:9-13) Mysteries of Providence. (Eccl. 8:14-17)

    Eccl. 8:1-5 None of the rich, the powerful, the honourable, or the accomplished of the sons of men, are so excellent, useful, or happy, a the wise man. Who else can interpret the words of God, or teach arigh from his truths and dispensations? What madness must it be for weak an dependent creatures to rebel against the Almighty! What numbers for wrong judgments, and bring misery on themselves, in this life and tha to come!

    Eccl. 8:6-8 God has, in wisdom, kept away from us the knowledge of future events, that we may be always ready for changes. We must all die, no flight or hiding-place can save us, nor are there any weapon of effectual resistance. Ninety thousand die every day, upwards of sixty every minute, and one every moment. How solemn the thought! O that men were wise, that they understood these things, that they woul consider their latter end! The believer alone is prepared to meet the solemn summons. Wickedness, by which men often escape human justice cannot secure from death.

    Eccl. 8:9-13 Solomon observed, that many a time one man rules ove another to his hurt, and that prosperity hardens them in their wickedness. Sinners herein deceive themselves. Vengeance comes slowly but it comes surely. A good man's days have some substance; he lives to a good purpose: a wicked man's days are all as a shadow, empty an worthless. Let us pray that we may view eternal things as near, real and all-important.

    Eccl. 8:14-17 Faith alone can establish the heart in this mixed scene where the righteous often suffer, and the wicked prosper. Solomo commended joy, and holy security of mind, arising from confidence i God, because a man has no better thing under the sun, though a good ma has much better things above the sun, than soberly and thankfully to use the things of this life according to his rank. He would not have u try to give a reason for what God does. But, leaving the Lord to clea up all difficulties in his own time, we may cheerfully enjoy the comforts, and bear up under the trials of life; while peace of conscience and joy in the Holy Ghost will abide in us through all outward changes, and when flesh and heart shall fail __________________________________________________________________

    Original Hebrew

    אני 589 פי 6310 מלך 4428 שׁמור 8104 ועל 5921 דברת 1700 שׁבועת 7621 אלהים׃ 430

    CHAPTERS: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
    VERSES: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17


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