Ecclesiastes 5:8
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New International Version
If you see the poor oppressed in a district, and justice and rights denied, do not be surprised at such things; for one official is eyed by a higher one, and over them both are others higher still.

New Living Translation
Don't be surprised if you see a poor person being oppressed by the powerful and if justice is being miscarried throughout the land. For every official is under orders from higher up, and matters of justice get lost in red tape and bureaucracy.

English Standard Version
If you see in a province the oppression of the poor and the violation of justice and righteousness, do not be amazed at the matter, for the high official is watched by a higher, and there are yet higher ones over them.

New American Standard Bible
If you see oppression of the poor and denial of justice and righteousness in the province, do not be shocked at the sight; for one official watches over another official, and there are higher officials over them.

King James Bible
If thou seest the oppression of the poor, and violent perverting of judgment and justice in a province, marvel not at the matter: for he that is higher than the highest regardeth; and there be higher than they.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
If you see oppression of the poor and perversion of justice and righteousness in the province, don't be astonished at the situation, because one official protects another official, and higher officials protect them.

International Standard Version
Don't be surprised when you see the poor oppressed and the violent perverting both justice and verdicts in a province, for one high official watches another, and there are ones higher still over them.

NET Bible
If you see the extortion of the poor, or the perversion of justice and fairness in the government, do not be astonished by the matter. For the high official is watched by a higher official, and there are higher ones over them!

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Don't be surprised if you see poor people being oppressed, denied justice, or denied their rights in any district. One authority is watching over another, and they both have authorities watching over them.

JPS Tanakh 1917
If thou seest the oppression of the poor, and the violent perverting of justice and righteousness in the state, marvel not at the matter; for one higher than the high watcheth, and there are higher than they.

New American Standard 1977
If you see oppression of the poor and denial of justice and righteousness in the province, do not be shocked at the sight, for one official watches over another official, and there are higher officials over them.

Jubilee Bible 2000
If thou seest violence unto the poor and the extortion of rights and justice in a province, do not marvel at the matter, for height is looking upon height; and there is one higher than they.

King James 2000 Bible
If you see the oppression of the poor, and violent perverting of justice and righteousness in a province, marvel not at the matter: for the high official is watched by a higher one ; and there are yet higher ones over them.

American King James Version
If you see the oppression of the poor, and violent perverting of judgment and justice in a province, marvel not at the matter: for he that is higher than the highest regards; and there be higher than they.

American Standard Version
If thou seest the oppression of the poor, and the violent taking away of justice and righteousness in a province, marvel not at the matter: for one higher than the high regardeth; and there are higher than they.

Douay-Rheims Bible
If thou shalt see the oppressions of the poor, and violent judgments, and justice perverted in the province, wonder not at this matter: for he that is high hath another higher, and there are others still higher than these:

Darby Bible Translation
If thou seest the oppression of the poor, and violent perverting of judgment and justice in a province, marvel not at the matter; for a higher than the high is watching, and there are higher than they.

English Revised Version
If thou seest the oppression of the poor, and the violent taking away of judgment and justice in a province, marvel not at the matter: for one higher than the high regardeth; and there be higher than they.

Webster's Bible Translation
If thou seest the oppression of the poor, and violent perversion of judgment and justice in a province, wonder not at the matter: for he that is higher than the highest regardeth; and there are higher than they.

World English Bible
If you see the oppression of the poor, and the violent taking away of justice and righteousness in a district, don't marvel at the matter: for one official is eyed by a higher one; and there are officials over them.

Young's Literal Translation
If oppression of the poor, and violent taking away of judgment and righteousness thou seest in a province, do not marvel at the matter, for a higher than the high is observing, and high ones are over them.
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
5:4-8 When a person made engagements rashly, he suffered his mouth to cause his flesh to sin. The case supposes a man coming to the priest, and pretending that his vow was made rashly, and that it would be wrong to fulfil it. Such mockery of God would bring the Divine displeasure, which might blast what was thus unduly kept. We are to keep down the fear of man. Set God before thee; then, if thou seest the oppression of the poor, thou wilt not find fault with Divine Providence; nor think the worse of the institution of magistracy, when thou seest the ends of it thus perverted; nor of religion, when thou seest it will not secure men from suffering wrong. But though oppressors may be secure, God will reckon for all.
Study Bible
Wealth is Meaningless
7For in many dreams and in many words there is emptiness. Rather, fear God. 8If you see oppression of the poor and denial of justice and righteousness in the province, do not be shocked at the sight; for one official watches over another official, and there are higher officials over them. 9After all, a king who cultivates the field is an advantage to the land.…
Cross References
1 Peter 4:12
Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial that has come upon you, as though something strange were happening to you.

Proverbs 22:16
He who oppresses the poor to make more for himself Or who gives to the rich, will only come to poverty.

Proverbs 24:12
If you say, "See, we did not know this," Does He not consider it who weighs the hearts? And does He not know it who keeps your soul? And will He not render to man according to his work?

Ecclesiastes 3:16
Furthermore, I have seen under the sun that in the place of justice there is wickedness and in the place of righteousness there is wickedness.

Ecclesiastes 4:1
Then I looked again at all the acts of oppression which were being done under the sun. And behold I saw the tears of the oppressed and that they had no one to comfort them; and on the side of their oppressors was power, but they had no one to comfort them.

Ecclesiastes 5:9
After all, a king who cultivates the field is an advantage to the land.

Ecclesiastes 7:7
For oppression makes a wise man mad, And a bribe corrupts the heart.

Ecclesiastes 8:9
All this I have seen and applied my mind to every deed that has been done under the sun wherein a man has exercised authority over another man to his hurt.

Ezekiel 18:18
"As for his father, because he practiced extortion, robbed his brother and did what was not good among his people, behold, he will die for his iniquity.
Treasury of Scripture

If you see the oppression of the poor, and violent perverting of judgment and justice in a province, marvel not at the matter: for he that is higher than the highest regards; and there be higher than they.

thou seest

Ecclesiastes 3:16 And moreover I saw under the sun the place of judgment, that wickedness …

Ecclesiastes 4:1 So I returned, and considered all the oppressions that are done under …

Psalm 12:5 For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy, now …

Psalm 55:9 Destroy, O Lord, and divide their tongues: for I have seen violence …

Psalm 58:11 So that a man shall say, Truly there is a reward for the righteous: …

Proverbs 8:17 I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me.

Habakkuk 1:2,3,13 O LORD, how long shall I cry, and you will not hear! even cry out …

marvel

Zechariah 8:6 Thus said the LORD of hosts; If it be marvelous in the eyes of the …

1 John 3:13 Marvel not, my brothers, if the world hate you.

Revelation 17:6,7 And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with …

matter

Isaiah 10:5-7,12 O Assyrian, the rod of my anger, and the staff in their hand is my …

Isaiah 46:10,11 Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the …

Habakkuk 1:12 Are you not from everlasting, O LORD my God, my Holy One? we shall …

Acts 4:27,28 For of a truth against your holy child Jesus, whom you have anointed, …

Romans 11:33 O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! …

for

Isaiah 57:15 For thus said the high and lofty One that inhabits eternity, whose …

Luke 1:32,35,76 He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and …

regardeth

1 Kings 21:19,20 And you shall speak to him, saying, Thus said the LORD, Have you …

Job 20:19-29 Because he has oppressed and has forsaken the poor; because he has …

Job 27:8-23 For what is the hope of the hypocrite, though he has gained, when …

Psalm 10:17,18 LORD, you have heard the desire of the humble: you will prepare their …

Psalm 12:5 For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy, now …

Psalm 58:10,11 The righteous shall rejoice when he sees the vengeance: he shall …

Psalm 82:1 God stands in the congregation of the mighty; he judges among the gods.

Psalm 83:18 That men may know that you, whose name alone is JEHOVAH, are the …

Psalm 140:11,12 Let not an evil speaker be established in the earth: evil shall hunt …

Isaiah 3:15 What mean you that you beat my people to pieces, and grind the faces …

Isaiah 6:2-6,12 Above it stood the seraphim: each one had six wings; with two he …

Isaiah 8:4-7 For before the child shall have knowledge to cry, My father, and my mother…

Micah 2:1-3,9 Woe to them that devise iniquity, and work evil on their beds! when …

Micah 3:1-4,9-12 And I said, Hear, I pray you, O heads of Jacob, and you princes of …

Micah 6:10-13 Are there yet the treasures of wickedness in the house of the wicked, …

Zechariah 7:9-13 Thus speaks the LORD of hosts, saying, Execute true judgment, and …

Malachi 3:5 And I will come near to you to judgment; and I will be a swift witness …

James 2:13 For he shall have judgment without mercy, that has showed no mercy; …

James 5:2-7 Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are moth-eaten…

higher than they

1 Chronicles 21:15,16 And God sent an angel to Jerusalem to destroy it: and as he was destroying, …

Psalm 95:3 For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods.

Isaiah 37:36 Then the angel of the LORD went forth, and smote in the camp of the …

Matthew 13:41,42 The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather …

Acts 12:7-10,23 And, behold, the angel of the Lord came on him, and a light shined …

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