Ecclesiastes 8:3
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New International Version
Do not be in a hurry to leave the king's presence. Do not stand up for a bad cause, for he will do whatever he pleases.

New Living Translation
Don't try to avoid doing your duty, and don't stand with those who plot evil, for the king can do whatever he wants.

English Standard Version
Be not hasty to go from his presence. Do not take your stand in an evil cause, for he does whatever he pleases.

New American Standard Bible
"Do not be in a hurry to leave him. Do not join in an evil matter, for he will do whatever he pleases."

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

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Do not be in a hurry; leave his presence, and don't persist in a bad cause, since he will do whatever he wants.

International Standard Version
Don't be in a hurry to leave him, and don't persist in evil, for he does whatever he pleases.

NET Bible
Do not rush out of the king's presence in haste--do not delay when the matter is unpleasant, for he can do whatever he pleases.

New Heart English Bible
Do not be hasty to go out of his presence. Do not persist in an evil thing, for he does whatever pleases him,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Don't be in a hurry to leave the king's service. Don't take part in something evil, because he can do whatever he pleases.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Be not hasty to go out of his presence; stand not in an evil thing; for he doeth whatsoever pleaseth him.

New American Standard 1977
“Do not be in a hurry to leave him. Do not join in an evil matter, for he will do whatever he pleases.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
Do not be hasty to rebel against him; do not persist in any evil thing, for he shall do whatsoever pleases him;

King James 2000 Bible
Be not hasty to go out of his presence: stand not for an evil thing; for he does whatsoever pleases him.

American King James Version
Be not hasty to go out of his sight: stand not in an evil thing; for he does whatever pleases him.

American Standard Version
Be not hasty to go out of his presence; persist not in an evil thing: for he doeth whatsoever pleaseth him.

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

Darby Bible Translation
Be not hasty to go out of his sight; persist not in an evil thing: for he doeth whatever pleaseth him,

English Revised Version
Be not hasty to go out of his presence; persist not in an evil thing: for he doeth whatsoever 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.

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,

Young's Literal Translation
Be not troubled at his presence, thou mayest go, stand not in an evil thing, for all that he pleaseth he doth.
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
2I say, "Keep the command of the king because of the oath before God. 3"Do not be in a hurry to leave him. Do not join in an evil matter, for he will do whatever he pleases." 4Since the word of the king is authoritative, who will say to him, "What are you doing?"…
Cross References
Genesis 47:9
So Jacob said to Pharaoh, "The years of my sojourning are one hundred and thirty; few and unpleasant have been the years of my life, nor have they attained the years that my fathers lived during the days of their sojourning."

Ecclesiastes 10:4
If the ruler's temper rises against you, do not abandon your position, because composure allays great offenses.
Treasury of Scripture

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

not hasty

Ecclesiastes 10:4 If the spirit of the ruler rise up against you, leave not your place; …

Proverbs 14:29 He that is slow to wrath is of great understanding: but he that is …

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1 Kings 1:50-52 And Adonijah feared because of Solomon, and arose, and went, and …

1 Kings 2:21-24 And she said, Let Abishag the Shunammite be given to Adonijah your …

Isaiah 48:4 Because I knew that you are obstinate, and your neck is an iron sinew, …

Jeremiah 44:16,17 As for the word that you have spoken to us in the name of the LORD, …

Acts 5:8,9 And Peter answered to her, Tell me whether you sold the land for …

for

Proverbs 16:14,15 The wrath of a king is as messengers of death: but a wise man will pacify it…

Proverbs 30:31 A greyhound; an he goat also; and a king, against whom there is no rising up.

Daniel 4:35 And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and …

Daniel 5:19 And for the majesty that he gave him, all people, nations, and languages, …

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