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  • PARALLEL BIBLE - Ecclesiastes 8:3


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    King James Bible - Ecclesiastes 8:3

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

    World English Bible

    Don't be hasty to go out of his presence. Don't persist in an evil thing, for he does whatever pleases him,

    Douay-Rheims - Ecclesiastes 8:3

    Be not hasty to depart from his face, and do not continue in an evil
    work: for he will do all that pleaseth him:

    Webster's Bible Translation

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

    Original Hebrew

    אל
    408 תבהל 926 מפניו 6440 תלך 1980 אל 408 תעמד 5975 בדבר 1697 רע 7451 כי 3588 כל 3605 אשׁר 834 יחפץ 2654 יעשׂה׃ 6213

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    VERSE (3) -
    Ec 10:4 Pr 14:29

    SEV Biblia, Chapter 8:3

    No seas ligero a rebelar contra él, ni en cosa mala persistas; porque él hará todo lo que quisiere;

    Clarke's Bible Commentary - Ecclesiastes 8:3

    Verse 3. Be not hasty - I consider the first five verses here as directions to courtiers, and the more immediate
    servants of kings.

    Be steadily faithful to your sovereign. Do not stand in an evil thing. If you have done wrong, do not endeavour to vindicate yourself before him; it is of no use; his power is absolute, and he will do what he pleases. He will take his own view of the subject, and he will retain it. The language of a despotic sovereign was ever this, Sic volo sic jubeo, stat pro ratione voluntas; "I will this. I command that. No hesitation! My will is law!" Therefore it is added here, Where the word of a king is, there is power-influence, authority, and the sword. And who may say unto him, whether he acts right or wrong, What doest thou? ver. 4. No wonder in such governments there are so many revolutions; but they are revolutions without amendment, as it is one tyrant rising up to destroy another, who, when seated in authority, acts in the way of his predecessor; till another, like himself, do to him as he has done to the former. In our country, after a long trial, we find that a mixed monarchy is the safest, best, and most useful form of government: we have had, it is true, unprincipled ministers, who wished to turn our limited into an absolute monarchy; and they were always ready to state that an absolute monarchy was best. Granted; provided the monarch be as wise, as holy, and as powerful as GOD!


    John Gill's Bible Commentary

    Ver. 3. Be not hasty to go out of his sight , etc.] But of the sight of the King of kings. Do not think to hide thyself from him, for there is no fleeing from his presence, ( <19D907> Psalm 139:7); it is best, when under some consternation, as the word signifies, or under some fearful apprehension of his wrath and indignation, to fall down before him, acknowledge the offence, and pray for pardon: and to this purpose is the Targum, “and in the time of the indignation of the Lord, do not cease to pray before him; being terrified (or troubled) before him, go and pray, and seek mercy of him;” and with which agrees the note of Jarchi, “be not troubled, saying that thou wilt go and free from his presence, to a place where he does not rule, for he rules in every place.”

    Such who interpret this of an earthly king suppose this forbids a man going out from the presence of a king in a pet and passion, withdrawing himself from his court and service in a heat, at once; stand not in an evil thing ; having done it, continue not in it; but repent of it, acknowledge and forsake it, whether against God or an earthly king; for he doeth whatsoever pleaseth him ; which best agrees with the King of kings, who does what he pleases, in heaven above and in earth below, both in nature, providence, and grace; (see Job 23:13 <19B503> Psalm 115:3); though earthly kings indeed have long hands, as is usually said, and can reach a great way, and do great things, especially despotic and arbitrary princes, and it is very difficult escaping their hands. The Targum is, “for the Lord of all worlds, the Lord will do what he pleases.”


    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

    אל 408 תבהל 926 מפניו 6440 תלך 1980 אל 408 תעמד 5975 בדבר 1697 רע 7451 כי 3588 כל 3605 אשׁר 834 יחפץ 2654 יעשׂה׃ 6213


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