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  • PARALLEL BIBLE - Ecclesiastes 8:4


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    King James Bible - Ecclesiastes 8:4

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

    World English Bible

    for the king's word is supreme. Who can say to him, "What are you doing?"

    Douay-Rheims - Ecclesiastes 8:4

    And his word is
    full of power: neither can any man say to him: Why dost thou so?

    Webster's Bible Translation

    Where the word of a king is, there is
    power: and who may say to him, what doest thou?

    Original Hebrew

    באשׁר
    834 דבר 1697 מלך 4428 שׁלטון 7983 ומי 4310 יאמר 559 לו  מה 4100  תעשׂה׃ 6213

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    VERSE (4) -
    1Ki 2:25,29-34,46 Pr 19:12; 20:2; 30:31 Da 3:15 Lu 12:4,5

    SEV Biblia, Chapter 8:4

    porque la palabra del rey es su potestad, ¿y quién le dirá, qué haces?

    John Gill's Bible Commentary

    Ver. 4. Where the word of a king [is, there is]
    power , etc.] Or “dominion” f195 . Authority goes along with his word of command; and there is an inferior magistracy, a subordinate power under him, ready to execute his will upon the rebellious and disobedient. Jarchi interprets it, the word of the holy blessed God; and the Targum, the word of that King who rules over all the world; where his word of doctrine comes, not in word only, it is with power: his written word is quick and powerful; the word of his Gospel preached is the power of God to salvation; or is accompanied with power to enlighten dark minds, quicken dead sinners, unstop deaf ears, soften hard hearts, and deliver men from the slavery of sin and Satan; it makes men, of enemies, friends to God, Christ, and good men; transforms them by the renewing of their minds, and comforts and establishes saints; all which is attributed to the word; and are the effects of almighty power, ( Hebrews 4:12 Romans 1:16); his word of command also comes with power, being clothed with his authority; and is submitted to by his people in the day of his power upon them, who readily and cheerfully obey it; and who may say unto him, what dost thou ? call him to an account for, or complain of any of his works of creation, providence, or grace? This best agrees with God than with an earthly king; and is said of him elsewhere, ( Job 9:12 33:14 Daniel 4:35).

    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

    באשׁר 834 דבר 1697 מלך 4428 שׁלטון 7983 ומי 4310 יאמר 559 לו  מה 4100  תעשׂה׃ 6213


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