Ecclesiastes 8

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Ecclesiastes 8 Text (WEB)
  1. Who is like the wise man? And who knows the interpretation of a thing? A man's wisdom makes his face shine, and the hardness of his face is changed.
  2. I say, "Keep the king's command!" because of the oath to God.
  3. Don't be hasty to go out of his presence. Don't persist in an evil thing, for he does whatever pleases him,
  4. for the king's word is supreme. Who can say to him, "What are you doing?"
  5. Whoever keeps the commandment shall not come to harm, and his wise heart will know the time and procedure.
  6. For there is a time and procedure for every purpose, although the misery of man is heavy on him.
  7. For he doesn't know that which will be; for who can tell him how it will be?
  8. There is no man who has power over the spirit to contain the spirit; neither does he have power over the day of death. There is no discharge in war; neither shall wickedness deliver those who practice it.
  9. All this have I seen, and applied my mind to every work that is done under the sun. There is a time in which one man has power over another to his hurt.
  10. So I saw the wicked buried. Indeed they came also from holiness. They went and were forgotten in the city where they did this. This also is vanity.
  11. Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil.
  12. Though a sinner commits crimes a hundred times, and lives long, yet surely I know that it will be better with those who fear God, who are reverent before him.
  13. But it shall not be well with the wicked, neither shall he lengthen days like a shadow; because he doesn't fear God.
  14. There is a vanity which is done on the earth, that there are righteous men to whom it happens according to the work of the wicked. Again, there are wicked men to whom it happens according to the work of the righteous. I said that this also is vanity.
  15. Then I commended mirth, because a man has no better thing under the sun, than to eat, and to drink, and to be joyful: for that will accompany him in his labor all the days of his life which God has given him under the sun.
  16. When I applied my heart to know wisdom, and to see the business that is done on the earth (for also there is that neither day nor night sees sleep with his eyes),
  17. then I saw all the work of God, that man can't find out the work that is done under the sun, because however much a man labors to seek it out, yet he won't find it. Yes even though a wise man thinks he can comprehend it, he won't be able to find it.
Ecclesiastes 8 Text (Hebrew)
  1. מי כהחכם ומי יודע פשר דבר חכמת אדם תאיר פניו ועז פניו ישנא׃
  2. אני פי־מלך שמור ועל דברת שבועת אלהים׃
  3. אל־תבהל מפניו תלך אל־תעמד בדבר רע כי כל־אשר יחפץ יעשה׃
  4. באשר דבר־מלך שלטון ומי יאמר־לו מה־תעשה׃
  5. שומר מצוה לא ידע דבר רע ועת ומשפט ידע לב חכם׃
  6. כי לכל־חפץ יש עת ומשפט כי־רעת האדם רבה עליו׃
  7. כי־איננו ידע מה־שיהיה כי כאשר יהיה מי יגיד לו׃
  8. אין אדם שליט ברוח לכלוא את־הרוח ואין שלטון ביום המות ואין משלחת במלחמה ולא־ימלט רשע את־בעליו׃
  9. את־כל־זה ראיתי ונתון את־לבי לכל־מעשה אשר נעשה תחת השמש עת אשר שלט האדם באדם לרע לו׃
  10. ובכן ראיתי רשעים קברים ובאו וממקום קדוש יהלכו וישתכחו בעיר אשר כן־עשו גם־זה הבל׃
  11. אשר אין־נעשה פתגם מעשה הרעה מהרה על־כן מלא לב בני־האדם בהם לעשות רע׃
  12. אשר חטא עשה רע מאת ומאריך לו כי גם־יודע אני אשר יהיה־טוב ליראי האלהים אשר ייראו מלפניו׃
  13. וטוב לא־יהיה לרשע ולא־יאריך ימים כצל אשר איננו ירא מלפני אלהים׃
  14. יש־הבל אשר נעשה על־הארץ אשר יש צדיקים אשר מגיע אלהם כמעשה הרשעים ויש רשעים שמגיע אלהם כמעשה הצדיקים אמרתי שגם־זה הבל׃
  15. ושבחתי אני את־השמחה אשר אין־טוב לאדם תחת השמש כי אם־לאכול ולשתות ולשמוח והוא ילונו בעמלו ימי חייו אשר־נתן־לו האלהים תחת השמש׃
  16. כאשר נתתי את־לבי לדעת חכמה ולראות את־הענין אשר נעשה על־הארץ כי גם ביום ובלילה שנה בעיניו איננו ראה׃
  17. וראיתי את־כל־מעשה האלהים כי לא יוכל האדם למצוא את־המעשה אשר נעשה תחת־השמש בשל אשר יעמל האדם לבקש ולא ימצא וגם אם־יאמר החכם לדעת לא יוכל למצא׃
Ecclesiastes 8 Text (Greek)
  1. τις οιδεν σοφους και τις οιδεν λυσιν ρηματος σοφια ανθρωπου φωτιει προσωπον αυτου και αναιδης προσωπω αυτου
  2. στομα βασιλεως φυλαξον και περι λογου ορκου θεου μη
  3. απο προσωπου αυτου πορευση μη στης εν λογω πονηρω οτι παν ο εαν θεληση
  4. καθως λαλει βασιλευς εξουσιαζων και τις ερει αυτω τι
  5. ο φυλασσων εντολην ου γνωσεται ρημα πονηρον και καιρον κρισεως γινωσκει καρδια
  6. οτι παντι πραγματι εστιν καιρος και κρισις οτι γνωσις του ανθρωπου πολλη επ'
  7. οτι ουκ εστιν γινωσκων τι το εσομενον οτι καθως εσται τις αναγγελει
  8. ουκ εστιν ανθρωπος εξουσιαζων εν πνευματι του κωλυσαι συν το πνευμα και ουκ εστιν εξουσια εν ημερα του θανατου και ουκ εστιν αποστολη εν τω πολεμω και ου διασωσει ασεβεια τον παρ'
  9. και συν παν τουτο ειδον και εδωκα την καρδιαν μου εις παν ποιημα ο πεποιηται υπο τον ηλιον τα οσα εξουσιασατο ο ανθρωπος εν ανθρωπω του κακωσαι
  10. και τοτε ειδον ασεβεις εις ταφους εισαχθεντας και εκ τοπου αγιου επορευθησαν και επηνεθησαν εν τη πολει οτι ουτως εποιησαν και γε τουτο
  11. οτι ουκ εστιν γινομενη αντιρρησις απο των ποιουντων το πονηρον ταχυ δια τουτο επληροφορηθη καρδια υιων του ανθρωπου εν αυτοις του ποιησαι το
  12. ος ημαρτεν εποιησεν το πονηρον απο τοτε και απο μακροτητος αυτω οτι και γε γινωσκω εγω οτι εσται αγαθον τοις φοβουμενοις τον θεον οπως φοβωνται απο προσωπου
  13. και αγαθον ουκ εσται τω ασεβει και ου μακρυνει ημερας εν σκια ος ουκ εστιν φοβουμενος απο προσωπου του
  14. εστιν ματαιοτης η πεποιηται επι της γης οτι εισι δικαιοι οτι φθανει προς αυτους ως ποιημα των ασεβων και εισιν ασεβεις οτι φθανει προς αυτους ως ποιημα των δικαιων ειπα οτι και γε τουτο
  15. και επηνεσα εγω συν την ευφροσυνην οτι ουκ εστιν αγαθον τω ανθρωπω υπο τον ηλιον οτι ει μη του φαγειν και του πιειν και του ευφρανθηναι και αυτο συμπροσεσται αυτω εν μοχθω αυτου ημερας ζωης αυτου οσας εδωκεν αυτω ο θεος υπο τον
  16. εν οις εδωκα την καρδιαν μου του γνωναι σοφιαν και του ιδειν τον περισπασμον τον πεποιημενον επι της γης οτι και γε εν ημερα και εν νυκτι υπνον εν οφθαλμοις αυτου ουκ εστιν
  17. και ειδον συν παντα τα ποιηματα του θεου οτι ου δυνησεται ανθρωπος του ευρειν συν το ποιημα το πεποιημενον υπο τον ηλιον οσα αν μοχθηση ο ανθρωπος του ζητησαι και ουχ ευρησει και γε οσα αν ειπη ο σοφος του γνωναι ου δυνησεται του
Ecclesiastes 8 Text (Latin)
  1. Sapientia hominis lucet in vultu ejus, et potentissimus faciem illius commutabit.
  2. Ego os regis observo, et præcepta juramenti Dei.
  3. Ne festines recedere a facie ejus, neque permaneas in opere malo : quia omne quod voluerit faciet.
  4. Et sermo illius potestate plenus est, nec dicere ei quisquam potest : Quare ita facis ?
  5. Qui custodit præceptum non experietur quidquam mali. Tempus et responsionem cor sapientis intelligit.
  6. Omni negotio tempus est, et opportunitas : et multa hominis afflictio,
  7. quia ignorat præterita, et futura nullo scire potest nuntio.
  8. Non est in hominis potestate prohibere spiritum, nec habet potestatem in die mortis : nec sinitur quiescere ingruente bello, neque salvabit impietas impium.
  9. Omnia hæc consideravi, et dedi cor meum in cunctis operibus quæ fiunt sub sole. Interdum dominatur homo homini in malum suum.
  10. Vidi impios sepultos, qui etiam cum adhuc viverent in loco sancto erant, et laudabantur in civitate quasi justorum operum. Sed et hoc vanitas est.
  11. Etenim quia non profertur cito contra malos sententia, absque timore ullo filii hominum perpetrant mala.
  12. Attamen peccator ex eo quod centies facit malum, et per patientiam sustentatur ; ego cognovi quod erit bonum timentibus Deum, qui verentur faciem ejus.
  13. Non sit bonum impio, nec prolongentur dies ejus, sed quasi umbra transeant qui non timent faciem Domini.
  14. Est et alia vanitas quæ fit super terram : sunt justi quibus mala proveniunt quasi opera egerint impiorum : et sunt impii qui ita securi sunt quasi justorum facta habeant. Sed et hoc vanissimum judico.
  15. Laudavi igitur lætitiam ; quod non esset homini bonum sub sole, nisi quod comederet, et biberet, atque gauderet, et hoc solum secum auferret de labore suo, in diebus vitæ suæ quos dedit ei Deus sub sole.
  16. Et apposui cor meum ut scirem sapientiam, et intelligerem distentionem quæ versatur in terra. Est homo qui diebus et noctibus somnum non capit oculis.
  17. Et intellexi quod omnium operum Dei nullam possit homo invenire rationem eorum quæ fiunt sub sole ; et quanto plus laboraverit ad quærendum, tanto minus inveniat : etiam si dixerit sapiens se nosse, non poterit reperire.
Ecclesiastes 8 Text (KJV)
  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.
  11. Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil.
  12. Though a sinner do evil an hundred times, and his days be prolonged, yet surely I know that it shall be well with them that fear God, which fear before him:
  13. But it shall not be well with the wicked, neither shall he prolong his days, which are as a shadow; because he feareth not before God.
  14. There is a vanity which is done upon the earth; that there be just men, unto whom it happeneth according to the work of the wicked; again, there be wicked men, to whom it happeneth according to the work of the righteous: I said that this also is vanity.
  15. Then I commended mirth, because a man hath no better thing under the sun, than to eat, and to drink, and to be merry: for that shall abide with him of his labour the days of his life, which God giveth him under the sun.
  16. When I applied mine heart to know wisdom, and to see the business that is done upon the earth: (for also there is that neither day nor night seeth sleep with his eyes:)
  17. Then I beheld all the work of God, that a man cannot find out the work that is done under the sun: because though a man labour to seek it out, yet he shall not find it; yea further; though a wise man think to know it, yet shall he not be able to find it.
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