Ecclesiastes 8:1
Parallel Verses
New International Version
Who is like the wise? Who knows the explanation of things? A person's wisdom brightens their face and changes its hard appearance.

New Living Translation
How wonderful to be wise, to analyze and interpret things. Wisdom lights up a person's face, softening its harshness.

English Standard Version
Who is like the wise? And who knows the interpretation of a thing? A man’s wisdom makes his face shine, and the hardness of his face is changed.

New American Standard Bible
Who is like the wise man and who knows the interpretation of a matter? A man's wisdom illumines him and causes his stern face to beam.

King James Bible
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.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Who is like the wise person, and who knows the interpretation of a matter? A man's wisdom brightens his face, and the sternness of his face is changed.

International Standard Version
Who is really wise? Who knows how to interpret this saying: "A person's wisdom improves his appearance, softening a harsh countenance."

NET Bible
Who is a wise person? Who knows the solution to a problem? A person's wisdom brightens his appearance, and softens his harsh countenance.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Who is really wise? Who knows how to explain things? Wisdom makes one's face shine, and it changes one's grim look.

JPS Tanakh 1917
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 is changed.

New American Standard 1977
Who is like the wise man and who knows the interpretation of a matter? A man’s wisdom illumines him and causes his stern face to beam.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Who is as the wise man? and who is as he who knows the interpretation of all things? The wisdom of this man shall make his face to shine, and the coarseness of his face shall be changed.

King James 2000 Bible
Who is as the wise man? and who knows the interpretation of a thing? a man's wisdom makes his face to shine, and the hardness of his face is changed.

American King James Version
Who is as the wise man? and who knows the interpretation of a thing? a man's wisdom makes his face to shine, and the boldness of his face shall be changed.

American Standard Version
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 hardness of his face is changed.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The wisdom of a man shineth in his countenance, and the most mighty will change his face.

Darby Bible Translation
Who is as the wise? and who knoweth the explanation of things? A man's wisdom maketh his face to shine, and the boldness of his face is changed.

English Revised Version
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 hardness of his face is changed.

Webster's Bible Translation
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.

World English Bible
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.

Young's Literal Translation
Who is as the wise? and who knoweth the interpretation of a thing? The wisdom of man causeth his face to shine, and the hardness of his face is changed.
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
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, as the wise man. Who else can interpret the words of God, or teach aright from his truths and dispensations? What madness must it be for weak and dependent creatures to rebel against the Almighty! What numbers form wrong judgments, and bring misery on themselves, in this life and that to come!
Study Bible
Obey the King
1Who is like the wise man and who knows the interpretation of a matter? A man's wisdom illumines him and causes his stern face to beam. 2I say, "Keep the command of the king because of the oath before God.…
Cross References
Romans 13:5
Therefore, it is necessary to submit to authority, not only to avoid punishment, but also as a matter of conscience.

Exodus 34:29
It came about when Moses was coming down from Mount Sinai (and the two tablets of the testimony were in Moses' hand as he was coming down from the mountain), that Moses did not know that the skin of his face shone because of his speaking with Him.

Exodus 34:30
So when Aaron and all the sons of Israel saw Moses, behold, the skin of his face shone, and they were afraid to come near him.

Deuteronomy 28:50
a nation of fierce countenance who will have no respect for the old, nor show favor to the young.

Proverbs 21:29
A wicked man displays a bold face, But as for the upright, he makes his way sure.
Treasury of Scripture

Who is as the wise man? and who knows the interpretation of a thing? a man's wisdom makes his face to shine, and the boldness of his face shall be changed.

as the

Ecclesiastes 2:13,14 Then I saw that wisdom excels folly, as far as light excels darkness…

1 Corinthians 2:13-16 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teaches, …

who knoweth

Genesis 40:8 And they said to him, We have dreamed a dream, and there is no interpreter …

Genesis 41:15,16,38,39 And Pharaoh said to Joseph, I have dreamed a dream, and there is …

Job 33:23 If there be a messenger with him, an interpreter, one among a thousand, …

Proverbs 1:6 To understand a proverb, and the interpretation; the words of the …

Daniel 2:28-30,47 But there is a God in heaven that reveals secrets, and makes known …

Daniel 4:18,19 This dream I king Nebuchadnezzar have seen. Now you, O Belteshazzar, …

2 Peter 1:20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private …

a man's

Exodus 34:29,30 And it came to pass, when Moses came down from mount Sinai with the …

Proverbs 4:8,9 Exalt her, and she shall promote you: she shall bring you to honor, …

Proverbs 17:24 Wisdom is before him that has understanding; but the eyes of a fool …

Proverbs 24:5 A wise man is strong; yes, a man of knowledge increases strength.

Matthew 17:2 And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, …

Acts 6:15 And all that sat in the council, looking steadfastly on him, saw …

and the

Deuteronomy 28:50 A nation of fierce countenance, which shall not regard the person …

Acts 4:13,29 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that …

Ephesians 6:19 And for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my …

boldness

2 Timothy 4:17 Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me; that …

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